Retro Review: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien by Emily Meixner

A wonderful review of one of my favorite childhood stories. I didn’t actually read the book until college but I did watch the Don Blush film on repeat during my early years. This review had me wanting to reread the book.

Nerdy Book Club

mrs. frisbyAt some point last year, a colleague popped by my office and handed me a large plastic bag of children’s books his teenage daughter had decided she no longer needed.  Knowing that I often take these discarded books and distribute them among my English education students who are beginning to build their classroom libraries, he was happy to find them a good home with readers who would love them as much as his daughter had.  As I rifled through the bag, there near the bottom, I glimpsed a yellowing copy of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien.  “Oooh!” I thought to myself.  “I loved this book!  Maybe my son would enjoy it, too.”

For several months thereafter, I unsuccessfully suggested it as a bedtime read-aloud to my 8-year old. “Really,” I promised, persistent. “This is a good book.  I think you’ll like it.”  Finally, he…

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