The Mouse And His Child by Russell Hoban

The Mouse And His Child

Written by Russell Hoban

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So begins the story of a tin father and son who dance under a Christmas tree until they break the ancient clockwork rules and are themselves broken. Thrown away, then rescued from a dustbin and repaired by a tramp, they set out on a dangerous quest for a family and a place of their own.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This can be read as an adventure fantasy about the fate of a forever-joined toy father mouse and his child, thrown onto a rubbish dump and in danger of losing their 'movement' altogether: or as an allegory about the problems of becoming self-winding. Philosophical, sad. humorous, hopeful.


The Mouse And His Child by Russell Hoban


'Brilliantly plotted... and a spellbinder... it has a style that glows and crackles.' Spectator

'Like all the best children's books it is a book for anyone... a classic.' New Statesman

About the Author

Russell Hoban

As a child

Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine; his father was the advertising manager of a Jewish newspaper as well as a dram guild director. Russell was thus exposed to the arts early on, and became interested in writing at an early age, winning prizes for his stories and poems during his school years.

As an adult

Russell served in the US Infantry during WWII. For a time he taught art in New York and Connecticut. He then worked as a freelance illustrator and an advertising copywriter. He began publishing children's books in 1958, and since then has published more than fifty. His picture book The Sea-Thing Child, illustrated by Patrick Benson, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Russell passed away at the age of 86 in 2011.

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Book Info


176 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Faber And Faber

Publication date

30th August 2005




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