Parents' Guide to

Stuart Little

By Jessica Pierce, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.

Book E.B. White Fantasy 1945
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

I just finished 1st grade and I think it's the best book ever!

I thought the book was funny. My favorite part was when he said, "I wish I didn't have to die with egg on my pants and butter on my cap and gravy on my shirt and orange pulp in my ear and banana peel wrapped around my middle." It made me laugh.
age 7+

wonderful story, beautifully written...with a caveat

This is my all time favorite book. However, the ending for some children can be wrenching. There's no resolution. As adults we know Stuart's "heading in the right direction" but for a child Stuart is heading out alone in the world...his parents left behind, and his beloved Margelo still lost. The aloneness in the world and the searching for something that may never be found can be terribly sad for some children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

STUART LITTLE has grabbed kids' attentions and imaginations for years, and for good reason. E.B. White's clever wording and quick descriptions make Stuart irresistible. The book shows that determination and courage, not size, are what make a true hero. Inventive thinking and quick action are what allow a mouse to defeat a hungry cat, escape a garbage truck which has carried him away, and make his way in a human-sized world.

Throughout his series of fun, unpredictable adventures, Stuart shows that he is a noble mouse. Short chapters and quick, funny stories will help kids feel comfortable reading on their own. The vocabulary is slightly dated and may be challenging to younger readers, but the context usually makes the meaning clear.

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