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Stuart Little by E. B. White

Stuart Little (original 1945; edition 2000)

by E. B. White

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Title:Stuart Little
Authors:E. B. White
Info:Puffin (2000), Edition: Film Tie-in Ed, Paperback, 144 pages
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Stuart Little by E. B. White (1945)

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    Anonymous user: One of the essays discusses the author's identification with Stuart Little as a child

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I feel like I need to take off points for the ending. I thought I was missing a chapter it was so abrupt.
It was an enjoyable collection of tales, though (it was not a smooth narrative, however). ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 10, 2016 |
Before I say why I hated Stuart Little so much, let me first say that Charlotte's Web is a favorite of mine. I have loved other books involving talking animals too. I'm not bothered by talking animals. I am somewhat bothered by books that don't have an actual plot, but just randomly wander through unrelated events in the characters lives, but I can forgive that as well. Ginger Pye was a book like this, and I rather enjoyed it. But I am not a young adult. I am a 50 year old who loves reading young adult novels. I may have loved Stuart Little had I read it when I was 8. But as an adult, I simply found it stupid.
It was filled with nonsense. It's not just that Stuart is a mouse... he is the actual birth child of human parents! He is supposed to be a child, but behaves in all ways like an adult. All animals talk, and all humans can carry on conversations with them. Someone gives Stuart an actual gasoline powered mouse sized automobile, which is silly enough... but that automobile has a button to make it invisible! This serves no purpose whatsoever other than to provide two or three pages of nonsense, with Stuart and the man who made the car chasing a miniature invisible car around an office. It never comes into play again. Stuart encounters a two inch tall woman. A human woman, 2 inches tall. The book ends with Stuart driving in his car in search of a bird he met earlier in the book. And it just ends, leaving me feeling that E.B. White was about as tired of this absurd book as I was so he just quit writing it mid-story.

Again, a young child may love it. And maybe an adult who loved it as a young child would have a nostalgic fondness for it. But as an adult reading it for the first time, it sunk to the bottom of my YA novel barrel. ( )
  fingerpost | Sep 2, 2016 |
Listened to this audiobook on a road trip to New York City, appropriately enough. The titular character is born in New York, surprising his human family by actually being a mouse. The novel is mostly episodic adventures where Stuart escapes a cat, sails on model boats in the Central Park ponds, and gets caught in the trash. There's also an oddly philosophical chapter in which Stuart serves as a substitute teacher. The book is full of humor and adventure that makes it a classic.
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I’ll make the work interesting and the discipline will take care of itself. - Stuart discusses his teaching strategy. ( )
  Othemts | Jun 6, 2016 |
I love this book. It is a classic that requires readers to build their own knowledge and background information on many different topics. It ties everyday situations into the story of a little "mouse" that does not let his size get in the way. ( )
  Erin_Holte | Apr 26, 2016 |
I actually didn't read this until I read it to my children so I wasn't able to read it from a child's perspective. But this one delighted me most when Stuart was on his own--it's a great lesson to children that no matter how small you are, you are capable of great things. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
White, E. B.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wells, RosemaryIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bomans, GodfriedTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JulieReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everyone noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse.
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Narrator Julie Harris draws upon her extraordinary acting talents to raise this much-loved tale of a teeny, tiny explorer and his oversized adventures to new heights. "Stuart put on his sailor hat and his sailor suit, took his spy glass down from the shelf and set for a walk full of the joy of life and the fear of dogs." Skipping from one precarious perch to the next, the diminutive wanderer makes new friends, meets old ones, and shares his lust for life with listeners of all ages. Harris's clever, lyrical narration is wonderfully evocative and perfectly captures the charming yet soulful spirit of E.B. White's classic children's tale. (Running time: 2 hours, 2 cassettes) --George Laney

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The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.

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