Russell hoban was an american writer of fantasy science fiction and poetry however he is perhaps best known for his childrens tale the mouse and his child which was made into an animated film in 1977 tamsin oglesby is currently under commission to the national theatre the royal shakespeare company and hampstead theatre. Like so many exceptional childrens books russell hobans the mouse and his child clearly wasnt intended only for kid consumption it certainly qualifies as a fantastic story for children the characters are entertaining and memorable the images powerful the pacing tight and the message unique and lasting. The mouse and his child continues the royal shakespeare companys long tradition of creating new stage adaptations of much loved childhood tales including beauty and the beast the lion the witch and the wardrobe the heart of robin hood and matilda the musical the rscs award winning roald dahl adaptation currently playing in the west end. Acclaimed as one of the classics of 20th century childrens literature the mouse and his child is a moving story about two clockwork mice thrown on a scrap heap who then have to begin a dangerous quest for a place to belong. The mouse and his child is a novel by russell hoban first published in 1967 it has been described as a classic of childrens literature and is the book for which hoban is best known it has been described as a classic of childrens literature and is the book for which hoban is best known
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