The classic 1937 tale by award-winning author Marjorie Flack is back in print for the first time in decades!
Walter is a lazy mouse. He is so lazy that he always misses school and spends all his time in bed. He is so lazy that eventually his family forgets about him and moves away…without him. Alone and scared, Walter heads out into the world to search for his family. He travels through a dark forest and soon meets a turtle and some frogs. Walter decides to create a new home on Mouse Island. His froggy friends live nearby, and Walter tries to teach them things. With his own island—and friends who depend on him—Walter must learn to take care of himself. There is no time to be lazy! But will Walter ever see his family again? First published in 1937 and back in print for the first time in decades with Marjorie Flack’s own illustrations, this is a classic tale of adventure and friendship, and the importance of perseverance. An introduction from noted librarian Nancy Pearl is included.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Marjorie Flack was born in 1897. She was an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, with sixteen titles to her credit. Among her best-loved books were The Story about Ping, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (and made famous by the TV show Captain Kangaroo), and her series of five books about Angus, a lovable pooch, which she both wrote and illustrated. Her book The Boats on the River, illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum, was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1947. Although Marjorie Flack died decades ago, in 1958, many of her titles remain in print today.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book changed my life as a kid! I checked it out from the school library so many times that the librarian ended up just giving me the book! It is a great book to have your kids read and think about. Its a great story on laziness and will really make them think twice about doing nothing all day. I don't think it is still being published at it is very hard to find but if you do pick it up and give it to the laziest kid you know!
Walter is a lazy mouse. He is so lazy that he never gets up for school. He doesn't get up until everyone else has left. Finally his family forgets about him and move out, leaving him behind. Walter sets off to find them. He winds up on his own island and makes friends with some frogs. He tries to teach them math and reading, but since he never got up in time for school, he gets most of it wrong. He decides to go back to school and finds his family again. Walter finally learns to be independent and responsible. I liked this book as a child and it is one of the first ones my oldest daughter read on her own. A lot of fun.
This book traumatized me as a child. Only recently did I realize the depth of insecurity it induced, thinking my family would leave me behind, if I didn't perform or wasn't "good". I think it is a cruel book to read to children and had trouble giving it even one star.
I enjoyed Walter the Lazy Mouse and have retold it many times to my grandchildren. The lesson taught will last me a lifetime.