A typical American family - with one small difference...
‘The doctor was delighted with Stuart and said it was very unusual for an American family to have a mouse.’ In this beloved fable, Stuart Little is a mouse who lives with his parents and brother in New York City. Sensitive and intelligent, Stuart is a gentleman from the top of his hat to the tip of his tail. His tiny size leads him into mishaps, such as getting rolled up in a window blind. But he also goes on heroic adventures: saving his friend, the bird Margalo, from the cat Snowball, and captaining a toy yacht on the lake in Central Park. As Stuart points out, ‘Size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count.’
‘The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way ... Before he was many days old he was not only looking like a mouse but acting like one, too – wearing a gray hat and carrying a small cane’
Elwyn Brooks ‘Andy’ White was born in New York in 1899. He won his first of many awards for writing at the age of nine. In 1926, while dozing on a train, he dreamed about ‘a tiny boy who acted rather like a mouse’. The full story was finally published in 1945. White was later awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his outstanding contribution to children’s literature. The illustrations were created by Garth Williams, a little-known young artist who would go on to collaborate with White on Charlotte’s Web. Reflecting a shared love of the natural world, their partnership is one of the most celebrated in children’s literature.
This edition features Williams’s original illustrations, coloured by Rosemary Wells. Tony DiTerlizzi, the co-creator of the phenomenally successful Spiderwick Chronicles, has written a new introduction providing vivid biographical sketches of White and Williams. Praising White as a ‘master wordsmith’, he writes that, ‘Even today, his is the kind of prose that entices you to curl up in your favourite worn armchair on a rainy afternoon with book in hand.’