Of Mice and Men

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Moving Depression-era story of friendship, loneliness, fate.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 65 reviews

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age 12+

Good Starter for Conversations

I am a middle school teacher, and we use this book in our curriculum. The book does have some mature themes, but each use of language or violence has a good reason and a positive message to be gained from it. This book is a good way for parents to talk to their children about loneliness, responsibility, disability, racism, sexism, gender roles, and action versus intent.

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age 13+

Why "Of Mice and Men" Deserves Less Hate:

I have no reason to criticize parents, nor how they raise their children; however, the mature themes presented in this novel depend on how parents have taught their children on how to respond to it. This story is very violent, yes, but historically accurate as well. Some readers may find the language offensive, but again, it just depends on the child's maturity level when reading. The book itself is only 107 pages long, but the story really resonates with the reader after completion. The way Steinbeck uses imagery and literary devices really adds to the realism of the story. Again, while some people may disagree with me, this is just a review. I guess my final thoughts would be in regard to the sexual content of the novel. The only case of such content is from Curley's wife, and a mentioned Bortella. Other than that, the book should be fine for children who can appreciate a story that has stood the test of time.

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