Review: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/Children, Pages: 233, Level: Easy

Book Description:

“Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.”

Smart rats- Yikes! Mrs. Frisby finds out that her husband was involved with a group of super intelligent rats. When she enlists their help to move her home, she hears their story.

This is a children’s classic. I remember reading it in elementary school but didn’t remember a thing about the story. Now my daughter is reading it in conjunction with her fourth grade yearly project and I decided to read it along with her.

In order to accurately review this book, you really do have to take the audience into consideration. This is a mystery of sorts and a thriller, for children. I’m not all that excited about reading a mystery/thriller about mice, rats, owls, crows, cats, etc., but it actually wasn’t bad.

I don’t remember if it was Jim Trelease, but I remember reading somewhere that if you only read stories where nothing bad ever happens, a child will intuitively understand that it is a bunch of bologna. Rats of NIMH does not have that problem. If I were a mouse or rat reading this story, I might be very frightened indeed. Mice and rats die. A mouse child gets sick. And they live in fear of the farm’s cat.

The writing is very good and I guess the best measure of the quality is my daughter’s reaction to the book, which is good; she enjoys it. I guess there’s a reason it won the Newbery Medal. Not only is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH an intelligent book, it is also a great book to read aloud with your child.

Reviewed by Christina

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