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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  119,067 ratings  ·  3,286 reviews
E.B. White's classic novel about one small mouse on a very big adventure!

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.

Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bi
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Paperback, 131 pages
Published 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 1945)
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Xydel Yes, I agree this book is a real cliff hanger but I do not think there is a sequel.
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karen
Apr 23, 2007 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 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, fiction, kids
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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Bionic 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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Diane
Aug 27, 2013 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 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
Toria (some what in hiatus)
The swedish version I read had illustrations by Jenny Berggren and they was so lovely to look at and definitely added to the story. Although I didn't quite enjoy this as much as I thought. The premise is unique ad a quite fun one but didn't get attached to the story overall ...more
Sophia
Jan 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 3.8 stars.
This was another story I grew up watching.
I loved that there were moments I could instantly bring to mind (such as the washing machine scene) but there were other parts I was less familiar with. Like Margalo (she was in the second film - which I watched significantly less than the first).
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Anyway, the last quarter is where the story turns a
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bup
Oct 07, 2007 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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Sheila Beaumont
I missed out on this as a child, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading this delightful tale of the intelligent, brave, kind mouse-child. I was surprised that it ended so abruptly, but since Stuart loves adventure so much, I guess it suits him. My favorite chapter was the one where he teaches school. The story is enhanced by Garth Williams' lovely illustrations. ...more
Asghar Abbas
May 30, 2015 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.
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Carolyn Marie Castagna
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely Adorable!!!
5th and final book of the 24 hour Rory Gilmore Readathon!!! YAYAY
Hayat
I'm just glad I didn't read this book as a child or the idea that Mrs Little gave birth to a mouse, and everyone thinks it's strange but perfectly natural, would've really freaked me out enough to ask my parents awkward questions. ...more
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Cute quick read. I wish it had a more defined ending though.
Jason Koivu
Mar 06, 2012 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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lark benobi
When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way.

The last time I read Stuart Little I was seven years old, and, my god, this book is just as horrific and grotesque as I remember. Imagine if you were expecting a baby and instead you gave birth to a tiny creature from the order rodentia. Complete with a hairless tail that is as long as its body. White spen
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Jeanette McCulloh
Mar 06, 2008 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.
Tatevik is on semi hiatus (trying to finish PHD)
I remember I loved the movie when I was little and always wanted to have the book after I learned from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire that there was one.
But I got disappointed. The story was cute, but somehow I expected something like Charlotte's Web. It was a little boring (which is not definetly because I read this as an adult, children's is my second favourite genre). I felt like the storyline was interrupted in the middle. Maybe he intended to continue and have series about Stuart.
I like E.B. Whit
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Dolly
May 05, 2012 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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Calista
This is nothing of what I expected. Knowing this is the same author of Charlotte's Web, I expected more. Stuart is born of human parents and for some reason he is a mouse. He lives in a lovely family in New York City with a cat. Then a bird named Margalo joins them. Stuart goes sailing. One day Margalo leaves the house toward the middle of the book and so Stuart runs away from home without saying goodbye to search for his bird friend. He heads north. The stories ends in the middle of the search. ...more
J. Wootton
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: caveat-lector
Peculiar.

Although it seems to be in the family tree of more focused stories and more definite characters (such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off and perhaps even Stewie from Family Guy), Stuart Little fails to come together as a story. More disjointed than episodic, lacking both the thematic coherence and the pathos of White's equally famous works Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little can't decide to be about anything, and so peters out rather than ends.

A cute idea, a few good
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Shelby
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
This book was good and kind of cute book to read. I have seen the movie and I thought it was a little bit better than the book surprisingly. I thought the writing was good and the story line though. Overall I thought it was a good book.
Heidi
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, classics
One of the first full-length books I remember reading as a kid (right after Charlotte's Web). So much cooler, sweeter, funnier and better than the movie versions... if you have a young child, introduce them to this book! ...more
Amina
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I couldn't, I tried but couldn't add one more chapter after reading almost 50%.
The characters are so hard to connect with, I loved Charlotte's web so so much but this one is a complete disaster for me.
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Lesley
this was a childhood favorite of mine and glad I introduced this story to my daughter when she was younger!
Sherril
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rounded down to 2 ½ stars and here’s why.
I listened to the audiobook of Stuart Little by E. B. White, who also wrote one of my favorite children’s classics, Charlotte’s Web. Let’s start by saying, Stuart Little is no Charlotte’s Web. I will also admit that in this case, I do believe the actual book may have been better than the audiobook. I own the book and I’ve looked at it since finishing listening to the audiobook. I right away noticed instances of the use of lovely language, which
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Olivia
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow how different this book reads in 2017 and as an adult.
It was surprising more than anything else. Stuart is a bit brazen! He shoots guns off in the air on sail boats, he asks for a "nip of brandy," he runs away from home un-remorsefully, he shoots an arrow into the cat's ear, he sulks when things don't go his way... overall I was not too impressed with Stuart Little the way I was as a kid.
Also his "adventures" seemed rather boring. Or maybe I am just too used to newer higher quality children'
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Polly Batchelor
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022, 2021
“Well,” said Stuart, “a misspelled word is an abomination in the sight of everyone.”
― E.B. White, Stuart Little
Suzy Davies
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful children's book, with imaginative characterisation and a sense of adventure. Character development is not quite as well-rounded as Charlotte's Web, but the little mouse's journey to find his bird friend pulls at the heartstrings. As one would expect, the details of settings and scenes in the book are enchanting, as are the illustrations by Garth Williams. It is a nice surprise to have a satisfactory but open ending which allows children to imagine what happens next on Stuart's trave ...more
Jason
Aug 27, 2007 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. ...more
Jill Mackin
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, classic
I loved Stuart Little when I was a little girl!
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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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