Monday, November 17, 2008

The Mouse Family Robinson

THE MOUSE FAMILY ROBINSON; Dick King-Smith; New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2007; 71pp. Intermediate fiction.
King-Smith's latest promises more than it delivers, at least in terms of its being the adventure novel that its title suggests. The mouse family, name of Robinson, decide to move to a new house because theirs is too cat-ridden. Minor adventures follow as they make their way down the street to a house that not only has not cats, but has a boy who keeps pet mice. What Mouse Family Robinson deals with mainly is the life cycle. Many baby mice are born; some mice die at the claws of the cats; one beloved adopted uncle mouse dies from old age; and the hero of the story begins his own family. Not vintage King-Smith, by any means, but not bad.

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