Saturday, 26 April 2014

MRS FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien, 1971

I couldn’t believe that this was written by the same man as the harrowing Z for Zacchariah. Mrs Frisby, mouse mother, needs help to protect her offspring. She requests assistance from a very unusual group of rats.
As they learn to work together, she understands their history and the reason why they are so intelligent.
I was worried at one point that it was excusing animal testing but by the end I was happy that no such message was involved.

It’s a lovely story with rats as the heroes; something I love because they are so often unreasonably cast as the villains.

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