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A paperback edition of E.B. White's classic novel about one small mouse on a very big adventure! With black and white illustrations.

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

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Paperback, 131 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by HarperCollins (first published 1945)
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karen
Oct 12, 2014 karen rated it it was ok
uh- oh - someone just lost two stars. i remember liking this book when i read it as a child, and i loved trumpet of the swan and charlotte's web like no other, so i just sense-memoried this into 4 stars. now that i reread it for my paper, it gets what it deserves. it is no good. it is inexplicably bad. and i've since learned that the ending on this was rushed because e.b. white was a hypochondriac who was convinced he was about to die and wanted to get this out to the publishers before that happ ...more
kingshearte
Feb 02, 2010 kingshearte rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, kids, fiction
Strange little book. The premise is one I enjoy, as I've always been somewhat fascinated by unusually small things, and the notion of experiencing the world from the perspective of a very small being. So I loved all the little contraptions and whatnot created to help Stuart function in a human-sized house.

However, the book kind of felt like White didn't really know what he was doing with it or where he was going with it. The first half of it consists of largely unrelated, episodic adventures aro
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Diane
Aug 28, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A friend mentioned that this was one of her favorite children's books, and I realized I had never read it. It didn't pack the emotional wallop that Charlotte's Web did, but it's still a fun, sweet story.

Stuart Little was born only two inches high and he looked like a mouse, but luckily his parents and big brother loved him anyway. The book is a series of Stuart's adventures, such as the time he got stuck in the window shade, or when he won a sailboat race in Central Park, or when he befriended a
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Jamie
Mar 28, 2013 Jamie rated it it was ok
Stuart Little is one of those books I used to recommend to parents when I worked in a bookstore. I liked “Charlotte’s Web,” and it’s undisputedly a classic. Robin William’s character in “Mrs. Doubtfire” reads it to baby Natalie (while this isn’t necessarily a ringing endorsement it certainly attests to the classical status of this book). And so, when baby Alice and I were choosing our book from the library last week it was between Stuart and something more modern like Funke. Because Alice was bo ...more
bup
Dec 06, 2007 bup rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is the first book that ever blew my mind - by far my favorite children's novel. One thing I look for in a book, I've realized, is a knockout ending - a book better have a good payoff.

I don't want to spoil the ending here, but when my ten-year-old self got there, I couldn't believe it. How could E.B. White leave it like that? How can he leave so much unanswered? Moreover, how could he do that and still have it be so powerful and work so effectively?

I still am moved every time I read the last
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Jeanette McCulloh
Mar 10, 2008 Jeanette McCulloh rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic
I did not like two humans having a mouse baby. It does not seem to phase anybody else, though.
Jean
Stuart Little is a children's novel from 1946, by Elwyn Brooks White, who was also the author of the more famous "Charlotte's Web". However Stuart Little is a bit of a period piece, rather than a true classic.

Stuart Little is a talking mouse who lives in New York City with his human parents, older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. He is a rather pompous sort of fellow, dressing in either a sailor suit or formal clothes, and affecting English manners - except when he speaks the American slang
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Jason Koivu
May 23, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
Almost as soon as the day he was born Stuart Little was asking for brandy and smokes. Did Mrs. Little birth a grown man, ala http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr216H... ??? No, she birthed a mouse, apparently.

These are tall tales of a rather short stature, but that doesn't diminish their enjoyment. In his clean, straight forward style E. B. White laid down a loosely connected collection of stories about a charming little guy in a big world, using size to some good comic effect through out.

On the
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Asghar Abbas
Feb 23, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing

Excellent. How children's book should be. Lessons to be learned from an unlikely hero.
Pure magic. Pure fun. Pure adventure. There was this scene where Stuart teaches a classroom full of kids; that was a touch of genius pure gold. The ending was very whimsical, I liked it. No way its movie adaption could ever touch this fine work of art.
Jason
Aug 27, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
I was probably 7 or 8 the first time I went through this one, and have doubtless read it through 10 times since. One of those timelessly classic children's stories you just always go back to. It just hearkens back to a simpler America; makes me think of hot summers and lemonade and tire swings and reading on the trampoline in the backyard.
Jessica
Jul 07, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
Cute quick read. I wish it had a more defined ending though.
Jayne Ekins
Dec 26, 2012 Jayne Ekins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidsoutloud
Goodness, I love this book. Charming and bittersweet-- the mark of E.B. White. The search for Margalo-- we'll never know...

-My kids love it when I read this part very fast.

"Have you any sarsaparilla in your store?" asked Stuart. "I've got a ruinous thirst."

"Certainly," said the storekeeper. "Gallons of it. Sarsaparilla, root beer, birch beer, ginger ale, Moxie, lemon soda, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Dipsi Cola, Pipsi Cola, Popsi Cola, and raspberry cream tonic. Anything you want."

"Let me have a bott
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Dolly
Jul 29, 2015 Dolly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
When I was a child I absolutely adored Charlotte's Web. I read it over and over again and I absolutely adored the animated film (the original, of course.) I also loved The Trumpet of the Swan and read that several times as well.

But thinking back, I don't remember ever reading this book before. I knew the basic concept of the plot and the movie version of the tale is well-known. But for some reason, this book never really stuck with me. Perhaps I started it and never finished it. I just don't re
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Tom
Apr 17, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forgive me, I'm in a maudlin mood today and had to post this.
It all started here, folks, my love of stories. I have vivid memories of my mother, God rest her loving soul, reading this book to me as a kid (funny, though I can't remember if my older sister and brother were present -- maybe they'd moved on to big kid books?). I think I was 5 or 6 at the time. I keep a copy on my nightstand. As then, I'm still mesmerized by the marvelous drawings, as well. I do love that mouse!

Anyone care to mention
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Kelly
Aug 29, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I read this out loud, chapter by chapter over the past two weeks. What a treat! I've never actually read the book, only seen the movie. I prefer the book. The movie I guess makes a more complete story, but I like the episodic nature of the chapters of the book. I also thought the writing was just magic. It was well written and Stuart is so well-spoken, and yet it was easy enough for my seven year old to read and enjoy.
Alana
For some reason, I thought I had read this years ago, but reading it today, most of the story was completely unfamiliar to me, so perhaps I watched a film version years ago and that's what I remember? Regardless, it's a fun children's adventure, although a bit questionable at times (such as running off without telling anyone, abandoning family, excessively angry over a date that doesn't go as planned, etc). The adventures are fun, however, and the book has a surprisingly open ending, which is a ...more
Ashley
Dec 08, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
1. Fantasy
2. Stuart loves his family. He has a mom and a dad and an older brother, George -oh, and don't forget Snowball, the cat. But Stuart isn't an ordinary little boy, even though he is definitely little! Stuart is a mouse! Even though he is small, his adventures are not. Will Stuart be able to leave the safety of his home to venture out to find his friend, Margalo, who has gone missing from her nest? Will Stuart be able to safe her on his own? This story is delightful and charming. The perf
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
As far as kids books go, I wouldn't recommend this one. There is a sort of lovely freedom for the bizarre within children's books and that's one of the things I really love about them. They don't have to worry about how a mouse can be birthed from a human mother or why everyone can understand him when he talks, they can just create these rules within the story and play ball. Fun right?! This ball deflated really fast for me. It's not the concept that bothers me it's the boring writing. For somet ...more
BJ Rose
Feb 01, 2010 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
I was initially surprised to find this shelved as 'adventure', but when I reread it, I realized that it's all about adventure; well, adventure and acceptance. Stuart's parents accept him, even though he is nothing like their other son; most friends and neighbors and strangers accept him, which makes this an almost-ideal world to live in. So that makes this a beautifully-told message to kids about accepting and even loving people who are different than they are. And in this world of human giants, ...more
Justina Servantes
May 17, 2010 Justina Servantes rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-353
Stuart Little is about a mouse that is adopted by the Little family and he finds that he must adjust to the human life. After going through some adjustments of fitting into this human house, he is able to connect with his family. The characters are developed at a level for a child to understand, Stuart seems to be more human than a mouse with his qualities. The theme of the story is that even though you seem to not fit in because of what you are or who you are, you need to just be yourself and t ...more
Reagan
Feb 19, 2016 Reagan rated it it was amazing
It was a surprise that Mrs. little had a mouse for a new born baby.

In one of the chapters snowball the little's cat wrapped up in the curtains but Gorge the brother happened to roll down the curtains and Stuart rolls out! One day Mrs. little found a bird named Margallo on the window seal. Stuart and Margallo became best friends. One night Stuart crept down the stairs to where Margallo was sleeping. Snowball the cat tried to pounce on Margallo but Stuart saved her.
One day Margallo ran away becau
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Dustin Reade
Oct 15, 2011 Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing
reread this one recently and--while I am an adult now, and could fault it a star for lacking any sense of prose--I am smart enough to realize this is a children's book.
That means: it was written for children.
That was when I read it: as a children.
I loved it then, and I love it now. It is not hard for me to see the magic here, or to get completely lost in the story of Stuart (especially the scene where his brother thinks he is dead, and goes running through the house pulling all the shades down)
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Rachel
Feb 03, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
This was a great read aloud that we all enjoyed.
Ben De Bono
Stuart Little is the sort of book where the more you think about the premise the more you become convinced that the author was highly intoxicated when he was writing it.

If you're only vaguely familiar with the story, you could be forgiven for thinking its a run of the mill talking animals book or the story of a talking mouse raised by humans. Nope. Stuart isn't just raised by humans, his parents ARE human. That's right. Two normal, otherwise healthy adults somehow manage to procreate a mouse, a
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Brittany McCarty
Feb 28, 2016 Brittany McCarty rated it it was amazing
Stuart Little by E.B. White, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing, 1973, Genre: Children’s Fiction, Chapter Book, GR: R, Grade: 4, Lexile: 750, 131 pages
Stuart Little is a small mouse that is full of adventure. Stuart is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Little that accept him no matter how small he is. The only thing that doesn’t like Stuart is Snowball, the family cat however when he meets his friend Margalo, the bird, he begins going on all sorts of adventures. Stuart does many things that follow a norm
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Amy
Dec 30, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Alice and I loved this book!
April Thompson
Jun 22, 2016 April Thompson rated it really liked it
What a fun little adventure book!
Adriana
I had an idea of what Stuart Little was going to be like based on the movies. I know I should never do that but this book was completely different than I thought. It focused more on moments in Stuart's life as he grew up and left home. There were some old thoughts about the world which was strange to discover. Stuart falling in love with a bird was the most interesting part although I wish I knew what became of Stuart's journey.
Rachel Kidd
Jan 15, 2015 Rachel Kidd rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: My grandparents
Recommended to Rachel by: I saw the film
Shelves: kids
I found this book rather disappointing. It falls apart in the last few chapters, because it barely has any continuity. Also, I'd have to say this book is pretty boring. Plus, some of the content is far too adult for children of junior school age to understand.

This, in my opinion, is one of those rare occasions when the film is actually better than the book.

Only two stars, I'm afraid.
Matthew
Jul 18, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Little: Kind of a Dick

I didn't know what to expect with this one. My mother is in possession of an early printing with her name scrawled across an inside page in childish script ...

Diane T.
Oct. 14. 1961 Saturd
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... and it just felt overdue that I should dive into this worn copy during these balmy summer days, because ... well, isn't that the point of it all?

I'll admit to being pleasantly surprised, and eventually delighted, by the meandering nature of this tale. White never seems to estab
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Elwyn Brooks White was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet and literary stylist and author of such beloved children's classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine. He authored over seventeen books of prose and poetry and was elected to t ...more
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“A shaft of sunlight at the end of a dark afternoon, a note of music, and the way the back of a baby’s neck smells if it’s mother keeps it tidy,” answered Henry.
“Correct,” said Stuart. “Those are the important things. You forgot one thing, though. Mary Bendix, what did Henry Rackmeyer forget?”
“He forgot ice cream with chocolate sauce on it,” said Mary quickly.”
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