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Three Terrible Trins

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  187 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Within the walls and under the floorboards of Orchard Farmhouse live three mischievous mouse brothers (a.k.a. the trins) who create constant commotion. "With his customary panache, King-Smith grabs the reader's attention from his opening sentence. And, sustaining his understated wit and rollicking pace throughout this breezy novel, the author never loosens his grip."--Publ ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 29th 1997 by Yearling (first published March 1st 1994)
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This was a charming story of three brother mice and their thrice-widowed mother mouse. Mrs. Gray decides that her three sons are not going to go the way of her former three husbands, and the three mouse boys are courageous and strong. But I love that they're not just brawny mice. They're also clever and daring in the ways they try to get the cat out of the house, and they are also accepting of Kevin, the cellar-mouse. In short, they are very upstanding mice. King-Smith really hammers the accepta ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
It was a very enjoyable, funny and really well-written children's novel. It had really well done illustrations, great characters, very good humor and a very good story. I haven't read this book since it was published in 1994. It's one of the best and shortest Dick King-Smith books I've ever read in my whole life. It should be really enjoy for children and adults alike.
Miss Amanda
gr 3-5 103pgs

Fantasy, mice. After Mrs. Gray's husband is eaten by the cat, she is determined to raise her triplets ("trins"): Richard, Henry, and Thomas to be cat fighters.

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Aug 08, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it
Even mice can be empowered with a wee bit of hard work, exercise, and awareness. This one is adorable and could lead to some great discussions with children.
Chrisann Justice
Jan 10, 2015 Chrisann Justice rated it it was amazing
I discovered Dick King Smith's books when looking for chapter books to read to Joseph and Alex. We loved every single one we read together!
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Easy and quick read good for the grade 2+. Filled with and adventures of mice.
My younger brother enjoyed this one more than I did (I was more partial to Horse Pie). It could be that this particular story is aimed more at young boys rather than young girls, or it could just have been my own personal tastes.

However, we did read this one several times together, and it certainly went down very well with him.
Aug 15, 2012 Tricia rated it really liked it
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Isabelle picked this one out. I thought it might be good because it is by the same author as Babe. This has been such a fun read and all the kids are loving it.

Ok, so this was a fun book. I enjoyed reading it to the kids enough that I wanted to know more as much as they did. Definitely one I would recommend. Nice, short read.
May 25, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok
The plot to this book is often humorous, with an antagonist who is very easy to rally against, and there are some very deftly-written moments to it. Dick King-Smith has done a commendable job in the creation of this story.
May 07, 2015 Clare rated it it was amazing
It's a funny, interesting and creative story. It also include a little bit love story. If you don't afraid mouse, then you should take a look this book:)
Apr 21, 2012 Yz rated it liked it
A nice book. The plot was engaging, and the writing was unusually hilarious.

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Jul 10, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book to younger children. I loved it when i was 5 and when i read it years later i found it boring.
Apr 24, 2009 Avalon rated it it was amazing
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The mice know how to keep the cats out of the house so they will stay alive and will have a happy home.
Oct 27, 2009 Elanor rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book when I was little! I had forgotten about it till now, tho.
Apr 10, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Fun quick read...good vs. evil, good overcoming evil, humor
funny-cute little story about farm life with cats
mouse story
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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.

Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get
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