Literary Mice

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When I was in fifth grade in the little town of Post Falls, Idaho, a teacher had us read the following poem:

I think mice
Are rather nice;
Their tails are long,
Their faces small;
They haven’t any
Chins at all.
Their ears are pink,
Their teeth are white,
They run about
The house at night.
They nibble things
They shouldn’t touch,
And no one seems
To like them much.
But I think mice
Are nice.

~Rose Fyleman

Other mice in books

As a reader of a few books about mice, my 10-year old self found the poem wildly charming. Stuart Little with his tiny car? Ralph S. Mouse and his motorcycle and ping-pong ball helmet? See? Charm.

I don’t love all mouse characters in books. Reepicheep, for instance, from Prince Caspian of the Chronicles of Narnia, I find somewhat annoying, although he does add some humor to the book, which is my second favorite in the series. (My favorite is the Horse and His Boy in case you were dying to know.)

Here are some fun books featuring mice

Have you read any of these? Do you have other suggestions?

The Ralph Mouse Series by Beverly Cleary:

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon (This is the first book in a series)

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (This is also the first book in a series)

Abel’s Island by William Steig (This is the author of Shrek)

The Attic Mice by Ethel Pochocki

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

TumTum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

Mouse picture books

Mouse House by Rumer Godden (I haven’t read this one, but it looks adorable)

Cheerful: A Picture Story and Something for Christmas by Palmer Brown

The Pippa Mouse series by Betty D. Boegehold

Frederick by Leo Lionni

The Brambly Hedge books by Jill Barklem

The Tale of Two Bad Mice and The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Yes, I know this is about a bunny, but there is a mouse that pops up in every spread.)

I, Mouse by Robert Kraus

Heartwood Hotel series by Kallie George

Anatole series by Eve Titus


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