Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O’Brien
Summary: Some extraordinary rats come to the aid of a mouse family in this Newbery Medal Award-winning classic by notable children’s author Robert C. O’Brien.
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She 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. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.
Source: I purchased a paperback
I read this for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge as a childhood classic I’ve never read. I’m not sure how this classic escaped my notice considering how much I loved animal books as a kid, but I’m so glad this book was recommended to me by a friend and I had a legitimate excuse to read it. Sometimes that’s my favorite part of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge since it “forces” me to read books I would otherwise let sit on my shelf for years.
This was a wonderful story about Mrs. Frisby and the rats who helped her when she wasn’t sure what else she would do. The sci-fi/otherworldly element to the story was awesome and intriguing to read about even as an adult. I enjoyed the book a lot more than I expected to and I can see why it’s a favorite for so many readers!