Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Aladdin Fantasy)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

I picked this book up at a yard sale a while back, and it was promptly shelved. Hesitant to read it to my kids, there it sat. The hesitance stemmed from my memories of the rather creepy movie version I used to watch as a kid.

I was wrong to wait. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is a delightful story, full of mystery, adventure, science, and compassion. In short, we loved this Newbery Award winning classic.

Mrs. Frisby may be just a little mouse, but she is full of heart and courage. Her family needs to move before the farm plow comes through, but her son, Timothy, is too ill. She gathers her courage and  goes to seek the counsel of a wise owl. While there, the owl advises her to ask for help from the rats, but everyone knows the rats keep to themselves.

Will they help her in time to save her little family?

Such a sweet, fun story, it almost made me like mice. Almost. But no.

Highly recommended for any young readers or listeners.


  1. I too was hesitant to read this book after watching the movie as a kid. While compiling a list of books I wanted for our home library I noticed this book mentioned several times. I picked it up from the library and was over joyed at how much different it was from the movie version (should of known better).

  2. This was one of my favourite books when I was little! It rules!

  3. I loved this book as a child and I am thrilled to find that kids also like this book still! (Which is not always the case!)

    Pragmatic Mom

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  4. I remember loving that book when I was young.