Stuart Little

E. B. White

Introduced by Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrated by Garth Williams

The enchanting tale of friendship, loyalty and a very remarkable mouse, presented in a lovely hardback collector’s edition.

Published price: US$ 44.95

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Stuart Little

Stuart is a welcome second son for the Littles of New York City. His size lets him do things no one else in the family can, such as fetching his mother’s ring stuck down the bathroom drain. Not only smart, Stuart is perfectly self-sufficient, catching a bus on Fifth Avenue or sailing a boat like a seasoned seaman in Central Park. When Stuart’s friend, Margalo, a bird the Littles have adopted, suddenly goes missing, it’s up to the intrepid mouse to find her, and he prepares to set out on his biggest adventure of all.

Published in series with Charlotte's Web, and available to buy as a set

Production Details

Stuart Little book
  • Bound in cloth
  • Set in Bell
  • 160 pages
  • 96 colour illustrations
  • Printed endpapers
  • Book size: 8" x 5¼"

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.’

About E. B. White

Elwyn Brooks White was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1899. After graduating from Cornell University in 1921, he worked as a reporter before returning to New York City in 1924. He published his first article in The New Yorker magazine in 1925, and joined the magazine’s staff two years later. He went on to work there for six decades, becoming one of the magazine’s most important contributors. Although widely recognised for his essays and poetry, White is equally remembered for his writing for young readers. In 1970 he was awarded the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in honour of his outstanding contribution to children’s literature, and in 1978 he won the Pulitzer Special Award for Literature. He died in 1985.

Inside the book

Read an extract from DiTerlizzi's introduction

Children's author and artist Tony DiTerlizzi describes the mice who lived in his childhood bookshelves. (© Tony DiTerlizzi 2014)

Click here to read an excerpt from the book

Intersperced with Garth Williams's beautiful illustrations, read the first few pages of Stuart Little

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