“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien is the story of a widowed mouse who lives on a farm with her four small children. One of the children acquires pneumonia and is under strict orders not to leave his home, which worries Mrs. Frisby and plowing season on the farm will soon begin which means they will need to relocate to their summer home or else face death by the plow.
Out of desperation, Mrs. Frisby asks for a meeting with a wise owl in the woods who advises her to seek help from the mysterious rats that live under the rosebush near her home on the farm.
After she appeals to the rats, Mrs. Frisby comes to find out that they once knew her deceased husband, and the rats clue her in on their history and his involvement with them. What she learns about these highly-evolved rats changes her life’s perspective as well as her perception of everything she thought she once knew.
How did Delia enjoy it?
“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” is a childhood favorite of Delia’s father, but the first time Delia and I had ever read it. I had NO idea what this book was about- I just assumed it was about an old mouse’s tale of an adventure in the woods. Boy, was I wrong! The story started a little slow, but when the rats told their flashback story, it was so interesting, modern, and epic, Delia and I didn’t want to put it down!
There is also a 1982 cartoon movie version of the book: “The Secret of NIMH” which we own, but I’ve never watched (featuring the voices of a young Shannen Doherty and a young Wil Wheaton)! Delia watched the movie after we finished the book and she reported back to me that in some areas it changed too much from the book. Without giving any spoilers away, it seems as though they tried to “Hollywood” up the book a bit by making it even more action-packed.
I’d recommend Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH for children ages 7 to … adult!