The Mouse Butcher

Originally published on the 11th of February 2008 on my now deleted Bebo Account.

The Mouse ButcherThe Mouse Butcher by Dick King-Smith is one of my favourite childhood stories. I use to rent it out from Linlithgow library on cassette all the time. I wish I could remember who read it now.

Well I recently purchased a copy of the book (51p off the net!) cos I wanted to read it again. Now as everyone knows, re-reading books from your childhood – like watching your favourite childhood movie – is a dangerous business. Certainly, ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe‘ no longer holds the magic it once had. When I re-read it the other Christmas, i found it patronising and simple. There is little to no description – perhaps why I loved it as a child. I had complete control over what Narina looked like. However, as J.K. Rowling showed, a level of depth in a book doesn’t limit one’s imagination.

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