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Stuart Little

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  73,267 ratings  ·  1,487 reviews
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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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
Diane Librarian
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
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
Dec 06, 2007 bup rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jason Koivu
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 ??? 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
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
Jeanette McCulloh
I did not like two humans having a mouse baby. It does not seem to phase anybody else, though.
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
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.
Cute quick read. I wish it had a more defined ending though.
Jayne Ekins
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
Jul 29, 2015 Dolly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Dustin Reade
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)
Just finished reading this aloud to my little guy, and realized that I'm not sure I'd ever read it all the way through myself. I love Stuart -- his gentlmanly mousiness, his calm collectedness, his fussiness over boats. I think the ending was a bit over my son's head, and I was reminded of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince in that sense. Both books start light-hearted and whimsical, and end with vague and abstract melancholy. I finished Stuart Little feeling the urge to travel, wander ...more
I read this to my five year old daughter, as I really remember loving it when my father read it to me as a child. Re-reading it as an adult, I have to say, it is just weird. First I was sympathetic towards Stuart, but it was just so strange to my adult self how a small and young mouse acted like a little man straight out of Mad Men. What a different perspective I now have with 30-some years in between readings! But my daughter seemed to enjoy it, although why he didn't find Margalo at the end re ...more
Another one that I read to my class! I love this book. It's sweet, engaging, and slow-paced but the kids never got bored, and neither did I. 4-5-years-old is probably the earliest I'd go with this one. There's lots of pretend and imaginative storylines (boat races, invisible cars, talking birds, miniature people, and um, the talking mouse bit too) but there isn't a cutely wrapped-up ending. I loved that it made the kids hypothesize about their own ending to the story, and Stuart himself is hilar ...more
The fondness I have of this book comes mainly from having read it (and having it read to me) as a child.

Stuart Little himself isn't a terribly likable character. He is capricious at best, and although he's helpful he's also terribly aloof and fickle in his cares. By the last third of the book he has run away from home to find Margalo whom he loves, but has no qualms about asking another girl out for a night of canoeing. He didn't even bother to write home to explain to his family what he was abo
Juergen John Roscher
This children’s book is generally recognized as a classic in children's literature. I like to read classics in different genres and thought that I would give this book a read.

This book is about a mouse, Stuart Little, that is born to a couple in New York City. It’s about Stuart’s different experiences living in a human world. It was interesting that the book did not give much detail about obvious questions like what did friends, family and neighbors think about Stuart’s parents raising a mouse a
Martha Freeman
How do you tackle a weighty subject if you’re writing for children?

Two words: talking mice.

And the greatest talking mouse book ever is "Stuart Little."

Ostensibly, Stuart (born to a human family in NYC, NOT adopted by them, in spite of what many of the reviewers say) is a child who happens to look exactly like a mouse. Read between the lines, though, and Stuart is a starchy middle-aged man, who happens to look exactly like a mouse, and whose spiritual aspirations get all wrapped up in a bird, M
Just read this to my 6 year old twin boys. They liked it pretty well, and maintained interest and enthusiasm over several reading sessions which we don't do much of yet.

For my part, I don't remember whether I had it read to me as a child or not. The book ends with an ambiguous and, to my mind, somewhat sad ending. There is some truly random stuff in this book. An invisible car for one. One inconsistency that bothered me a bit was that it was explicitly stated that Stuart is too small to carry mo
This is a wonderful story about a mouse who is adopted into a human family. The Littles do their best to make Stuart feel as if he were human just like them. He is helpful and adventurous in every way. When his friend, a little bird, comes up missing, Stuart goes on his biggest adventure yet! The illustrations in this book are carefully sketched in fine detail. The only color you see throughout the book is the front cover. I gave this book 5 stars because I couldn't put the book down. I've never ...more
Kristina Charnecki
Genre: Fantasy Junior Book

Stuart Little is a mouse just over two inches, but he isn’t just any ordinary mouse. He was born into a human family and lives in New York City with his parents, brother, and cat. When he realizes his friend, Margalo, a little bird, is missing, he decides to embark on an adventure to find her.

a.) A major strength of this book is the character development of Stuart through the development of the plot.
b.) Stuart Little is a very lovable and shy character who doesn’t real
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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.”
“Well,” said Stuart, “a misspelled word is an abomination in the sight of everyone.” 18 likes
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