Ahoy there me mateys! While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read. In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder! And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends. So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . . .
mrs. frisby and the rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien
In the last couple of days, I had to take a road journey and decided to listen to an audiobook on the way. I wanted something I had previously read before and saw this one was available from the library. The First Mate had never heard of it and I was appalled. I adored the 1982 movie and the book when I was little but hadn’t read or watched it in over a decade or more. I got excited to revisit it.
Absolutely no disappointment here! For those who don’t know the story, Mrs. Frisby is a field mouse with four children. Her son Timothy gets pneumonia and cannot be moved from their winter home. The problem is that the farmer is about to plow the fields. If Mrs. Frisby doesn’t find a solution about what to do for Timothy then he will die.
When I was little I was mostly fascinated by the rats of NIMH and how they came to be. While I still enjoyed that section, this time I was much more focused in Mrs. Frisby’s journey and her kindness and determination. She is just a regular mouse but her love is her strength and I was surprisingly very moved by her adventures. It was also nice to revisit old friends like Justin and Jeremy. I did think it was interesting that even in the world of rodents that the males held all the power and made all the decisions. I didn’t notice that as a child. So it be even more extraordinary that a older widowed mother mouse is the hero. I was more inclined to think the rats saved the day when I was little. Now I know where the true strength lies.
I very much enjoyed the audiobook and thought Barbara Caruso did an excellent job with this one. After listening to this I very much want to rewatch the movie. I will wait until the First Mate and I are back together and order him to watch it with me. Arrrr!
Side note: Goodreads listed this as a series and I was confused. Turns out the author’s daughter wrote two additional books in the series. No offense but I like this book as a standalone!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, 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.
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