by E.B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars
Stuart is a mouse born to a family of people. His parents and older brother are not quite sure what to make of him. They ask the doctor if their new baby mouse is quite healthy, but Stuart proves to them that he is more resilient than they realize. Through all his adventures, Stuart keeps his courage and tenacity.
I just love this whimsical story! There is always something hilarious happening, and I especially love the story line about Stuart sailing a ship in Central Park. Margalo, the little bird, is a lovely character, so sweet and helpless and delicate.
I like that Stuart is dreamy and intelligent, but also brave and resourceful. He doesn’t always make the best decisions, but he does have excellent manners.
There are many things in the different plot lines that are not quite explained, but you just have to accept that. It is never explained why a family of humans have a mouse for a son. It is never explained if all humans can talk to animals, or if only Stuart can bridge that gap.
The story can be a little chaotic sometimes, but that is part of its charm. The ending is left hanging as Stuart drives off into the sunset for further adventures, but we don’t get a resolution for his quest.
In spite of all that, I do love this sweet and interesting story! It’s so imaginative and fun!