A paperback edition of EB White s classic novel about one small mouse on a very big adventure With black and white illustrationsStuart 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 adventureStuart s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life He finds adventure aplenty But will he find his friend 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 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 White as a writer but I ve always been biased by how the story ends , so this is not going into my favourites 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 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 happened and then it did 40 years later but that doesn t excuse the beginning or the middle of the book, both equally atrocious the premise is disgusting, the characters are either delusional or petty or just plain jerks, the story is flimsy, the central conflict is who caresish and then there s this, about e.b white He never stopped loving New York, calling it a riddle in steel and stone, but he also prophetically saw the vulnerability of the city A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers, cremate millions Of all targets New York has a certain clear priority In the mind of whatever perverted dreamer might loose the lightning, New York must hold a steady, irresistible charm so now i blame him for 9 11, too rereading charlotte s web and trumpet of the swan was great they can keep their five stars but this was as bad as 9 11, and the overripe pluot i just ate i am procrastinating from paper must return come to my blog 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 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 around New York, and then the second half develops a somewhatcohesive plot as he embarks on his quest to find Margalo Only barelycohesive, though, as it too consists of a series of basically unrelated escapade along his journey.And then it just ends No, seriously It s like White just stopped writing in the middle of the story We don t find out if Stuart finds Margalo, or anything about what happens to Margalo We don t know how the Little family reacts to Stuart s departure, or if he ever makes it back We just know he sets out on this quest, and that s it It really feels unfinished, and I actually checked to see if maybe he died in the middle of writing it or something, but no It was written earlier than the other two books included in this volume, so I don t know Maybe he got bored In any case, it s kind of bizarre.Also contributing to my sense that he didn t really know what he was doing with this story is the fact that, for the most part, aside from the fact that Stuart is a mouse born to a human family, everything is basically, well, reasonably plausible The things his father builds for him make sense, the fact that he wears doll clothes makes sense, and even his sailing of the model ship is conceivable Someone could be crazy enough to build a model ship that is fully functional, to the point of being crewable if only you could find a crew small enough But then there s the little car OK, there again, maybe you could be crazy enough to build a model car that actually runs on gasoline and everything But this thing has an invisibility button WTF All of a sudden, this bit of complete outlandishness is just dropped into the story And for no particularly good reason The car goes invisible in its owner s office, crashes around for a while, and that s it From that point on, it s just Stuart s little car Never goes invisible again And how it becomes invisible is also entirely unexplained Weird.His encounter with Harriet, the two inch tall girl is also fairly random and fairly pointless They meet, try to have a date, it doesn t really work, she goes home, and he continues his journey What was the point of that I d have made her another mouse person like Stuart, and maybe they could continue to journey together or something Instead we just had this random meeting which was another instance of unexplained phenomenon why is she two inches tall, but otherwise a regular person If we re being asked to accept that Stuart s situation is conceivable, why not just stick with that Why mess with it like this , for no particular reason.Also, I know it s a children s book, and a fairly old one at that, but let s have some standards of literature here Frankly, I expect better than the following from a man who s written his own bloody book about grammar Stuart whipped off his cap, lay down on his stomach, and dipped up some of the cool refreshing drink, using his cap as a dipper That s very refreshing, remarked Stuart There s nothing like a long, cool drink in the heat of the day, when you re travelling 102 103Really You feel the need to repeat that it s a cool, refreshing drink two sentences right in a row Really Maybe I m overreacting, but that just seemed like really bad, lazy writing.Anyway It was cute, but frankly, I don t know that I would recommend it, due pretty much entirely to the totally bizarre and abrupt way it ends I just don t see the point of reading a story with no discernible plot arc or resolution of any kind Stuart Little is a children s novel from 1946, by Elwyn Brooks White, who was also the author of thefamousCharlotte s WebHowever 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 Stuart Little is a children s novel from 1946, by Elwyn Brooks White, who was also the author of thefamousCharlotte s WebHowever 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 of the time He forms a friendship with a beautiful little white bird called Margalo, until to Stuart s dismay she disappears, to fly North The idea of tracking her down appeals to Stuart s spirit of adventure, so he sets off to find her This the cue for all Stuart s rip roaring adventures They include quite a lot about canoes and boating, a romance with another tiny little female, and a jolly interlude where Stuart stands in for an absent teacher The stories are told over 15 short chapters The intext line illustrations are by Garth Williams.This was E.B White s first foray into children s literature, and he claimed it was inspired by a dream He was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal both for this novel plusCharlotte s Webin 1970 If you enjoy gently humorous and whimsical tales with an old fashioned feel and type of children s hero, you may enjoy this book, but it is not likely to appeal to a modern child, though it is written in an amusing, chatty style Here is the beginning,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 He was only about two inches high and he had a mouse s sharp nose, a mouse s tail, a mouse s whiskers, and the pleasant shy, manner of a mouse Before he was many days old he was not only looking like a mouse but acting like one too wearing a gray hat and carrying a small case There have been two family comedy films based loosely on the book, featuring partly live action and partly computer animation There has also been a television series So is the book comic Not in modern terms, although at its best it is droll Is it an allegory Perhaps The little white bird clearly symbolises freedom It s also all about learning to have courage, and developing as an individual in a sense it s a coming of age story The idea is appealing, hence the adaptations A personnified mouse hero is a staple of children s fiction, both classic and contemporary However, perhaps Stuart Little has now outgrown his quaint and rather twee beginnings