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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0689710682
LANGUAGE: English

" Listened to this in the car with my son, and we both loved it! " said.

"This is a book I had long been curious about, having only seen the film itself once I was in high school. The film is a classic of animation, brilliantly directed by Don Bluth of All Dogs Go to Heaven, An American Tale, and The Land Before Time fame. The movie is a masterpiece, and was indeed Bluth's directorial debut. It would only make sense for the book to be similarly wonderful, right? And oh, oh it was.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH stars a young mouse mother, Mrs. Frisby, as she seeks a solution to a vexing problem. Her youngest son, Timothy, has fallen ill with pneumonia and so can't join the rest of the family as they move to their summer residence. Mr. Fitzgibbon will soon be plowing the field they live in, and if they stay they all will die. Perhaps, though, just perhaps the rats will have a solution. They're known to be quite smart, after all...

This is one of the few books that casts rats in a positive light, and it does so in a wonderful way. I could recognize some of my silly boys in the characters, their wants and personalities. It's great in its anthropomorphic portrayal of the animals, but it never quite pushes the anthropomorphism as far as these books tend to. They still have beds of moss and little burrows, they still live like the animals they are, only more intelligently. It also poses the interesting notion of what would a group of civilized rats look like? What would be the civilization they built and how would it differ from our own?

A great book that raises some interesting questions about the way we, and animals, live. Can't wait to hear what my friend's kids think of it. :)
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" This was excellent. I've never rooted for rats to live before. All the kids (5-9) loved it. " said.

" This was a really great book, I'm so surprised that I hadn't read it before now. I loved the characters and the plot. I loved the ending. This was a great book! I did not, however, like the movie adaptation of this book. " said.

"Wow, what a great book! It wasn't exactly what I expected because I've seen the movie The Secret of NIMH several times. Therefore I'm going to do a movie/book comparison here because I want to.

The book and movie parallel each other at the beginning, and throughout as far as the main plot is concerned. Mrs. Frisby's son is sick, she gets medicine from Mr. Ages, moving day is upon them, she goes to the Great Owl, he says ask the rats to move the house, she does, they do, and there you go. So, what is the book missing that is prevalent throughout the entire movie? THE TERROR!!!

Robert C. O'Brien gives us a lovely tale of a mouse trying to nurse her son back to health. She lives on a farm, and there's a barn cat named Dragon they need to steer clear of because it's a cat and she's a freaking mouse. Cats eat mice. That's just the way it is. There's nothing overly terrifying about Dragon in the book. Nor is there anything terrifying about the Great Owl in the book other than the fact that it's an owl, and owls also eat mice. The owl is wise, and the denizens of the forest get advice from him. Simple as that. There's nothing mean about the rats; in fact they're very helpful. There's even a moral in the book that's spelled out in greater detail than in the movie, and it's that stealing is wrong, and beasts of a civilized nature should be 100% self sufficient. It's really quite a charming story, and I give it 4.5 stars. (I really wanted to give it the 5th star, but I can't make myself call it "amazing)". Now back to some movie comparison nit-picks.

I credit 3.05 movies from my childhood for the years of therapy I endured later on in my early adulthood. Those are Return to Oz, The Watcher in the Woods, The Secret of NIMH, and the Large Marge scene from Pee Wee's Big Adventure. After having read the delightful Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, I now know that the movie version was needlessly traumatizing.

Here's what I think happened. Don Bluth, the producer, went into his office with a burr up his butt about his kids getting on his last nerve the night before, or something. Perhaps it was like a scene in Trick R Treat. He was probably in his backyard burying a body when his one of his little toe rags called out "Daaaaddyyyy. When are we going to..." do whatever? He yelled at them to shut up, and get back into the house. Then he started mimicking their whiny voices. "Daaaaddyyyy, when are we going to carve a pumpkin? Daaaaaddyyyyy, when are we going to the festival? Daaaaddyyyyy, I wish mommy was still alive. Spoiled brats."

With this attitude at the forefront of his psyche the next morning, he rolled into work musing on this question: "What can I do to fuck up the children of the very early 1980s in the head? I know. I'll take this cute little Newbery Medal winning tale about a mouse and some farm animals, and turn it into a fright feature! We'll change Nicodemus from just the wisest rat into something with the most withered and arthritic looking hands, and a visage so decrepit that the crypt keeper will look young by comparison. Then we'll murder him by dropping a fucking cinder block house on his head. And we'll have Jenner, his best friend in the book, do it!

Dragon... Nah, he's not just a barn cat. He is a beast unleashed from the 7th level of hell, and would cause a Balrog to extinguish himself and flee.

That chat with the Great Owl? Nah. That's too tame. She needs to go into his lair, and watch him do some Linda Blair shit with his head while he's covered in cobwebs, and he crushes the guts out of a spider dripping venom from his fangs who is following Mrs. Frisby who is tripping over bones looking for the Great Owl. Yeah... That's the ticket.

And Brutus, the guard at the rosebush. He doesn't simply tell Mrs. Frisby that she can't come in, and to go away, no. The book is way too calm about that. Instead, lets have him try to murder her with the most heinous looking electric barbed halberd ever designed, and chase her to boot. And he won't say a word. And we'll give him a cape. And we'll take away his eyes.

As for the rosebush, let's put some glowing skulls in it, and make the thorny vines move on their own like tentacles because that's what really goes on at the inner levels of rosebushes.

What about Jenner? Nah, he doesn't just have a disagreement with Nicodemus on how the society should be run, and then take a couple of followers and move to another place. We'll give him the heart of a psychopathic megalomaniac, have him plot to kill the humans in the farm house just so they can keep stealing their electricity. And let him murder Nicodemus.

And we'll take Timmy, who just has pneumonia, and make him look like he's in the final stages of lung cancer with COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary embolism... the works!

And instead of just the threat of moving day looming over head, let's make it actually happen, and draw a bunch of animals scared to the point of leaving multiple bowel movements behind as they flee.

And NIMH itself. Instead of just a lab that injects rats with smart serum which the rats themselves say didn't hurt more than your average shot, let's make it look like they're in the throes of death whenever they get injected. And we'll show sad monkeys with baby monkeys, and puppies, and rabbits while we're at it, and have Nicodemus say that unspeakable tortures and cruelties were inflicted upon them all.

And let's drive this book into incoherency. It makes perfect sense from a scientific standpoint as portrayed in the lengthy back-story in the book which explains everything, but we'll cut all that out, and introduce a magic amulet, give Nicodemus telekinesis and telepathy, and what the hell, let's make him a rat Jedi but also have him be dumb enough to stand under a hoisted cinder block, and make his telekinesis weak enough that he can't hold the block up himself, or jump out of the way when it falls. It's apparent that the amulet could just move the house anyway, but no, let's make Nicodemus an asshole while we're at it. We'll get all the rats out in the mud to move this house instead of just using the stone to whoopsie-daisy it to its new home, and have him just standing there watching, and probably sniggering to himself at the idiots working so hard when they don't have to. You know, I think I get it now. No wonder Jenner wanted to kill him.

And the moving itself. In the book, the family steps outside while the work is done, which makes way too much sense for where I plan to take this movie. Let's keep them in the house, and not even have the rats tell them "Hey, we're here to move your house. Nothing to worry about." No. Let's just move it with no notice, then drop it in the mud, and watch all the little mice children and Auntie Shrew drown in the muck before Mrs. Frisby saves them with an amulet that sets her on fire!

Also, let's make all the characters Mrs. Frisby comes in contact with curmudgeony (Mr. Ages) or stupid (Jeremy), and we'll make the hero, Justin, a complete dick by having him leave her the second she gets captured by the Fitzgibbon kid, and simply say to the audience, and not even to Mrs. Frisby, "I'll come back for you later." (Yes, instead of rescuing her, which he does in the book, he just leaves her the second she gets in trouble. What the hell was he there for in the first place)?

Thank you Mr. Bluth for your Stephen King interpretation of Judy Blume material.

Anyway, enjoy the book. And the movie. I love them both, but for completely different reasons.
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" 3 STARS"Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma." (From Amazon)Loved the movie version as a kid and then read it in school and liked the book. " said.

" Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh starts out feeling like a simple sweet woodland animal tale, similar to Peter Rabbit, but with mice instead of bunnies. However, it turned out to be so much more! Action, plot twists, a dead husband’s mysterious past, mutant rodents with electricity underground: all this in addition to the sweet Beatrix Potter-style gentle mother love. A fun read that kept both my nine and eleven-year-old’s rapt attention. " said.

"For the life of me, I cannot remember how this book came to be on my bookshelf years and years... and years ago. It just seems like it was always there, enticing me to pick it up and read it.
But who would ever want to read a book about some rats?
Apparently, lots of people - including me... eventually.
After watching the book grow dusty on the shelf for several summers, I finally picked it up and gave it a try. What had I been waiting for? It became my favorite book and I read it at least 4 more times after that.
I'm not quite sure how well it will hold up over time, but I want to present it to my daughter as an option because of how much I enjoyed it as a child. Maybe it's one that we can read together and we can have a new adventure right along with Mrs. Frisby.

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