Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.6 Llamas


Have you ever been at school and they ask you to read a book on the shelf in your classroom? The shelves are all filled with these boring books you would never pick up. They all look the same and sound the same. Have you ever been given one of these books to read for an assignment and it was just terrible? Well, this book is nothing like those.

Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh was a book given to me for a class assignment back in 5th grade. I hated the idea of the book. I didn’t want to read it or even touch it. But after only one chapter, I was hooked. This book was nothing like the others at my school. I fell in love with the story at 11 years old and 8 years later, I still love it.

It is adventurous, inventive, exciting, and mysterious. The story takes place on a small farm in the tiny little house belonging to Mrs. Frisby and her four children. Her youngest has taken ill. Within a few short days they must move to their spring home before the humans began farming. If they don’t leave before moving day they won’t survive, but the youngest child can’t leave the house. Mrs. Frisby must go to the Rats of Nimh to save her son’s life. They are the only ones who can help her, but they are a peculiar lot and hold secrets. (I just love this book.)

Overall, this story is perfect. It has mysterys, it’s kid friendly, and has great characters. It is wonderful for any age. (Hey! I’m almost 19 and I still love this book.) You can read it with the family, read on your own, or you can do what I did and use it as a school project. I honestly have no cons for this book either. The only thing I can think of is the Rats of Nimh were once lab rats so they had some testing done, but people have been testing on rats for years. They are an important part to our history and discoveries of science. Like I said before, this is a wonderful story and one you should definitely read. It ages 8-12 but honestly I think its for everyone. I hope you liked my review.

-The Tiger Reader


  • Mysterious
  • Adventurous
  • Kid-friendly
  • Amazing Characters
  • Great Story
  • Leaves you wanting more!


  • You may get hooked. (I did.)

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.

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