HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Stuart Little: The Storybook
Author: Amy Jo Cooper
Publisher: Puffin Books, republished in 2000
ISBN-13: 978-0694014149 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0694014141 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0141307350 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0141307358 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: *** 3 stars (FAIR)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Cooper, Amy Jo. Stuart Little: The Storybook (published in 1999 by HarperFestival). Stuart Little is a 1945 children’s novel about a talking mouse, Stuart Little, born to human parents in New York by E. B. White, his first book for children, and is widely recognized as a classic in children’s literature. It is a great story, and in fact we used all three of E. B. White’s children’s books, the others being Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, in our upper elementary homeschool reading curriculum. In 1999 an American family comedy film entitled Stuart Little was made by Rob Minkoff that was loosely based on the novel but in reality bears little resemblance to the book. Only some of the characters and one or two minor plot elements are the same. I have been told that the movie’s sequel more closely resembles the original novel.
While I always prefer the original books to stories based on films, both our boys liked the Stuart Little movies, so our older son Mark checked this film tie-in edition out of the library when he was in third grade for some extra reading. It is an oversize storybook which retells Stuart’s mighty adventures from the first movie, including living with the Littles, outwitting Snowbell and the alley cats, winning the Central Park Boat Race, and more. Those who enjoyed the movie might find it just right for reading aloud over and over again. But just make sure that you read the “real” book too!