Thursday, April 14, 2011

I blame Kate DiCamillo

for the fact that her fellow Newbery Medalists Lois Lowry, Cynthia Voigt, and Richard Peck all have new middle-grade novels about talking mice.

P.S. Now I'm remembering Susan Dove Lempke's story about this snooty mom coming in after Kate's Newbery was announced, and requesting "The Tale of Day-Pehrr-Rehhrrr." (I know my phonetic fake French is bad but so was hers.)

15 comments:

Janssen said...

I noticed the same thing yesterday at TLA.

Sam said...

Cheese it! Co-author and I have talking mouse in ms right now! Find and replace with kinkajou?

Streaming consciousness said...

It's nice to have more in the canon, along with Ben and Me, Stuart Little, Abel's Island, and Basil of Baker Street, among those predating Despereaux. And that, of course, is not even allowing thoughts to stray to picture books and folklore.

There's nothing like the seemingly defenseless underdog mice who succeed against the odds--Brer Rabbit's kinder, gentler cousins?

Kristin Cashore said...

My fave = Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child.

Anonymous said...

And another Newbery winning mouse, Mrs. Frisby.

Shoshana said...

I blame Beverly Cleary a little, too.

Joanna said...

and I love "The Great American Mousical" by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton..I can take more mice.

Lolly said...

What about Margery Sharp and all her Rescuers books (so much better than the films).

Kerry said...

And what of Avi's Poppy? I think there is a very long heritage of mice stories that Kate joined.

Lois Lowry said...

Cut off their tails with a carving knife, that's what I say!

sdl said...

LOL! I forgot about that. Now I recall how much I wanted to hiss back "Dessss-purr-oh."

Ali said...

Terry Pratchett's Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents? Also, didn't the mice in Coraline talk?

Elizabeth said...

I think Roger was just saying that it's an odd little trendlette when 3 of our best-known authors, all with large bodies of work about humans, suddenly come out with books featuring talking mice. It does seem to be in the Zeitgeist--I also recently had an agent pitch a well-known British actor's first foray into fiction,and you guess it, it's a middle grade novel about mice. Who speak.

The other trend I'm noticing (besides the much remarked on popularity of dystopian fiction) is characters named Callum and Xander.

anatidaeling said...

Best middle grade anthropomorhic mouse book ever?

The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires

Streaming consciousness said...

It's conservative action time in the publishing houses, no? Fantasy's been a bit overdone, so what is next? We go with the tried and true. Talking mice! Maybe next will be quaintly old fashioned slightly historical fiction...