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The Mouse Family Robinson

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews

“You mean you’re going to have a baby?” “Babies.” The Robinsons are expecting…trouble, that is. With six newborn mousekins and more to come, the whole family is terrified of the savage cat who stalks the hallways. After a close call, little Beaumont, the pluckiest of the lot, decides it’s time to find a new, feline-free home. On thei
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press (first published February 1st 2007)
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Simone Lavinier
Jan 20, 2012 Simone Lavinier rated it really liked it
This book is about a family of mice (The Robinson’s) who set off on an adventure to find a new home with their neighbour mouse (Mr Brown) after one of the baby mice almost was captured by the cat. They ended up moving to a home where there were many other mice and a ‘young giant’ (a boy) who brought the mice up as pets. The book also addresses death when Mr Brown dies and is given a funeral by the ‘young giant.’ The author shows how sad it is for the Robinson family by use of language indicating ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Interesting story about a family of mice, who, with their old friend Mr. Brown, move to a catless home and find there a boy who loves and cares for them. Being British mice, they're rather quaint. Nick Bruel, who does the wonderful Bad Kitty books, did the illustrations. I noticed that, whenever Janet gave birth or when old Mr. Brown died, all you saw was the back of them--nice sense of propriety there, don't want to upset the kids. I was disappointed in only one thing--that we never find out wh ...more
May 27, 2013 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I am an infant teacher and for my after school club I am running a book club. This was the first book we read (simply because we had enough copies in school for the children to have one each!)
We all enjoyed this book, the children took it in turns to read a few pages and of course we had plenty of discussion about the story. A lovely gentle read which in years to come will hold happy memories.
Cynthia Egbert
Sep 01, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it
Mr. King-Smith certainly has a thing for mice! I did not enjoy this one as much as some of his other books but it is still a sweet story with a number of different themes and levels. I loved the names of all the mouse children from the letters of the alphabet!
Jun 19, 2012 Betsy rated it it was ok
I realize this is an early chapter book and, therefore, is rather spare on text. But it felt choppy, included the Mommy Mouse telling her husband he was stupid and to "shove off," and just really seemed to meander along. There are better early chapter books out there. It's an okay read, but...
Sep 25, 2012 M. rated it liked it
2nd grade and up, boys and girls. The Robinson family, living beneath a kitchen floor, have just about perfect lives except for the cat who lives in the kitchen. They finally decide they need to find a house with no cat and some searching finds them a new home. It's even inhabited by lots of mice, pet mice in cages, but mice who seem quite happy to live in their cages. The robinson family moves in, taking with them their neighbor mouse Mr. Brown, a widower mouse whose wife got eaten by the cat. ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is all about a mouse family called Robinson who live under the kitchen floor with Mr Brown. When Janet has babies one bright mouse called Beaumont comes up with a plan to emigrate John decides that maybe this could be a good idea and when they are a little bit older they set off to hunt for a new home. When a home is found they think their luck is in but is it? I thought this book could be better if it is made more exciting for instance one mouse could get trapped and the others have t ...more
Virginia Brace
Feb 22, 2010 Virginia Brace rated it liked it
This didn't seem as clever or as humorous as many by Dick King-Smith, but it would be a pretty good recommendation for a second or third grader. Grandpa Mouse dies but it is handled quite matter-of-factly.
Miss Amanda
gr 2-4 71 pgs

Fantasy, mice. An intrepid young mouse Beaumont convinces his family to search for a new home safe from cats.

Didn't have as much adventure as I was expecting given the title.
Feb 18, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was ok
Not quite sure what to think of this book. I came away thinking "that book was weird". Interesting way to teach about families, having kids, and death. My 5-year-old enjoyed it, but I've liked other books more.
Jun 01, 2012 Amahla rated it liked it
Shelves: reading-together
I recognized that this story felt similar to another book we read a few months ago, but it was dd that realized/remembered it was the same author as 'The School Mouse'. We liked this book too but it wasn't quite as good as that one.
Oct 05, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: corey-read, boy-books
A good read-aloud for the 5-year-old. He loved coming up with his own mouse names when we were done.
Jun 18, 2014 Alicia rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute, adorable illustrations. Storywise--meh. With a name like that, there should be far more adventure. Warning: there is not much adventure at all.
Wilde Sky
A family of mice move to cat free house and befriend a young boy.

The story was reasonable but for some reason this book didn't really grab me.
Sweet little story for young readers, nicely illustrated in black and white, about a family of mice who seek a new, cat-free home.
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May 14, 2010 Avalon rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal-stories
Even mouse families have hard days that they work through.
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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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