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The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-grade

Ah, the serendipity of reading lists. How very strange, to read this over Christmas just after reading PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK. It perfectly illustrates the violence of nature, but also begins and ends during the Christmas season.
This is almost "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" meets William Steig's DOMINIC, along with a touch of VELVETEEN RABBIT. It is a tale of the mouse and his child, a windup toy of two dancing mice who are broken and thrown out in the trash. They are found and briefly repaired by a tramp who winds them up and sets them on their journey, and what a journey it is. Between escaping the wiles of the malicious Manny Rat and searching for a family, the mouse and child seek the exalted status of "self-winding". A harsh yet lovely adventure story of toys and animals -- I never read this as a child and wonder how I missed it.

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