Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1) by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1)

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, 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.

Details Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1)

TitleMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2003
PublisherAladdin Paperbacks
Number of pages240 pages
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Fiction, Young Adult, Classics, Animals, Middle Grade, Adventure, Science Fiction, Juvenile

Reviews Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1)

  • Wendy Darling
    I am very fond of extraordinarily handsome rats. <3 Even better than I remembered, and now I have to read the sequel to find out what happened to everybody.Reread for our monthly classics readalong--discussion on the blog this Friday!
  • Kirsten
    This was one of my all-time favorite books when I was a kid; I must've read it eight times. So I was pleased to find that it holds up well, and I still found it very entertaining (although it seemed a shorter). I did notice some things that I don't think really registered when I was younger. For one, I was thinking as I read that Mrs. Frisby is a pretty unusual character for a children's book. She's an adult, which is not common to children's nov...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    I loved this book so much as a young teen, I read it over and over and over. This is probably the book that started me off on my lifelong love of fantasy, together with Watership Down. I re-read this as part of my MacHalo Reading Challenge 2016, 4. Re-reading a childhood favourite.The beginning was a little boring and the very traditional gender roles of the mice annoyed me a bit at first. But once Mrs. Frisby met the rats and they told her their...
  • Jessica
    This book captivated me from start to finish when I read it - for the first time - as an adult. It's such a beautiful story of courage and morality and heroism. It's hard to imagine anyone not being moved by "The Rats of Nimh" and its characters are well-developed and not easily forgotten. I thought about this book for days afterward, and I was sad when it ended. There are really two stories going on at once; O'Brien cleverly brings the two toget...
  • Kate
    WARNING!!! CONTAINS SPOILERS:1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH mostly takes its place in Mr.Fitzgibbon farm. Mrs. Frisby who is a widow has 4 children. One day, one of her brightest kid Timothy becomes sick. The plowing was soon starting, but Timothy couldn't move out of his bed. Even after eating the medicine Mr. Ages gave, Timothy had a big chance that pneumonia will recur. That is when Mrs. Frisby started to find ways they could move without...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    How is it these rats can illuminate their entire underground nest with Christmas lights, but every year thousands of Americans cannot decorate their trees???
  • Stefan Yates
    This is a book that I had fond memories of from originally reading it in the 4th grade. I was considering buying it as a gift for my niece, who's that age, so I thought that I should read it again myself first. Naturally, I was a bit concerned that my memory of the book would be let down by the passage of time. Thankfully, I was wrong.This is a great story full of memorable characters and plenty of adventure that keeps the pages turning. Children...
  • Michelle
    I suggested this book to my stepdaughter. She read a few pages and declared it to be boring. Oof, shot right to the heart. I loved this book when I was kid. LOVED. I reread it to try to figure out if there was something wrong with me, with her, or with this book. Decision--nothing wrong with any of us. I read the first few pages and realized why this doesn't appeal to her. It's a bit of a slow start and, my apologies to kids these days, I don't t...
  • Erica
    I think it was my second-grade teacher who read this to us in class, like a chapter a day, or something.I was so into this book, I made my mom take me to the library where I checked it out so I could read ahead to find out what was coming. But I didn't want the entire thing spoiled, so I only read a chapter ahead.In fifth grade, this was available through RIF and I remember seeing the copy on the folding table among all the many other free books....
  • Jessa
    This was always one of my favorite movies as a child, though I still love it now, and I was very excited to read the book. I wasn't disappointed. This book was thoroughly entertaining and extremely amusing. I loved it from the very beginning. Mrs. Frisby and her family were loving, resourceful, and easy to like. I loved reading about the rats and their adventuresThis was a wonderful story about heroism and courage and it will worm it's way into y...
  • Elika
    I forgot how much I love this book. I was a little nervous re-reading it because I hadn't read it since I was a kid and I was worried that it wouldn't hold up well, but I needn't have worried. The book is just as wonderful now as it was then.One of the things I find very interesting now is the way that humans are portrayed. Not bad or good, but just very human. Going about their lives not really appreciating how they affect everything around them...
  • Ty Melgren
    A lot like Watership Down but slightly less important and infinitely easier to finish. It's probably been ten years since the last time I read this which is weird to think about. If you live in Springfield, I'm starting a book club and this is the first book we're reading; come to the downtown library tomorrow evening if you wanna be in it. You don't have to have a copy or have started reading it yet.
  • Brenda
    The story had a slow beginning for me, but then it really picked up. Although the central theme was on Mrs. Frisby's struggle to relocate her home, there was also this larger backstory on how the rats of NIMH became so intelligent and their connection to Mrs. Frisby's family that I really got caught up in. I was a little disappointed though whenever Mrs. Frisby's story took to the backburner. Mrs. Frisby is such an admirable, brave character. She...
  • Emily Beeson
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'BrienI picked this book up at a yard sale a while back, and it was promptly shelved. Hesitant to read it to my kids, there it sat. The hesitance stemmed from my memories of the rather creepy movie version I used to watch as a kid.I was wrong to wait. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is a delightful story, full of mystery, adventure, science, and compassion. In short, we loved this Newbery Award winn...
  • Conrad
    I was taken aback at how involved I became in the story of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. From page two, I accepted the short brisk writing style of O’Brien and went with these mice on their long and taxing journey. I thought Mrs. Frisby was, at first, a bit too simple of a character but as the story progressed you certainly find more depth. I found the illustrations to be gorgeously drawn and the climax of the novel perfectly executed. With...
  • Davis Dunavin
    (spoilers)Will I ever find a talking animal book to equal "Watership Down"? Doubtful. And that's okay.But in my latest jaunts through the great kid lit of the 20th century, "Mrs. Frisby" is a standout. O'Brien sets up a talking-animal world with what seem at first some loose conventions, and while his young audience may not notice, the genre-savvy reader immediately notices something is up. Mrs. Frisby and her family can read? They can use medici...
  • Emilia P
    THE BOMB.So this book is about 1) how great the love of a mom is, 2) the evils of technology, and 3)Excellent animal names. I mean..Mr. Ages? Nicodemus? Word.I realized I've been really enjoying stories of overly evolved animals, because I currently have a wonderful little animal evolving into a person in my life right now, so the whole rats in the lab story was great -- also, the story within the story business was so well done. I really like th...
  • Hope
    Though it lacks the eloquence and pathos of classic anthropomorphic animal stories (Charlotte's Web and Wind in the Willows) this is still a great story of heroism and sacrificial love. Since it is told simply and well, it might be a good option for a reluctant young reader.
  • Joey
    Great book. I unfortunately watched the movie first which mostly ruined Robert C. O'Brien's story so don't waste your time with the movie. This is a wonderful book that I will one day move from my bookcase to my son's bookcase when he's old enough to read. Easy 5 star.
  • Kristi Lamont
    Not sure how I managed to get to almost 50 without reading this classic children's book. In a way, though, I'm glad I did; I was able to appreciate its marvelousness on all levels as a result!
  • Aldi
    Random childhood favourite reread. Still good stuff.
  • Jason
    Wow, what a great book! It wasn't exactly what I expected because I've seen the movie The Secret of NIMH several times. Therefore I'm going to do a movie/book comparison here because I want to.The book and movie parallel each other at the beginning, and throughout as far as the main plot is concerned. Mrs. Frisby's son is sick, she gets medicine from Mr. Ages, moving day is upon them, she goes to the Great Owl, he says ask the rats to move the ho...
  • Shoshana G
    I'm enjoying this - I never read it as a child. But some of the sexism is jarring! Mrs. Frisby doesn't get a first name - she's Mrs. Jonathan Frisby, and she's told that some things are no job for a lady! I know these details were culturally appropriate at the time, but they're definitely off-putting when reading it now. The world building was cool and I think the story holds up well- except for the sexism.
  • Keegan
    Just read this book with my four-year-old son. It's hard to know what percentage he understood, but as long as he is still interested and asks me to read another chapter then I keep going and don't worry too much about comprehension since I figure it develops by reading and discussing. He was even more motivated to read it when we picked up the movie (The Secret of NIMH) from the library and I told him we could watch it after we finished reading ...
  • Marie
    Delightful children's novel, full of brave and highly intelligent anthropomorphic characters. I only wish I had read it as a child!
  • Papia aziz
    I loved this book!!It's a fiction book and it's about rats! Mrs.Frisby a widow have four children and one day Timothy gets pneumonia. She goes to Mr.Ages which he gives frisby some medicine. But Mrs.Frisby heard that spring is coming and the humans will plow their house down. But timothy cant walk because he's sick. Mr.ages takes frisby to a owl and the owl tells mrs.Frisby to go to the rats. That's when she encounters with the intelligent rats. ...
  • jandjsalmon
    This was a favourite cartoon of mine as a child, and for my daughter's "One Book. One School" project, we got to read it aloud every night (along with every other child at the elementary school).We both got emotional at the very end and found the open ending very unsatisfactory. Bethy says this book was "suspenseful, sad at parts, and really awesome." She rated it 5 stars. Just wait until we watch the cartoon and she sees how much they changed. l...
  • Amanda Cook
    ETA: After a reread as an adult, I found this book still holds up. It's a classic, but I think today's children would enjoy it as much as my generation did. (I know my oldest son liked it.) Also as an adult, I discovered subtleties I wouldn't have as a child, the allusion to the "Rat Race" in particular. It really is a brilliant piece of writing.Original Review: This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I loved the journey Mrs. Frisby took to s...
  • Becky
    Towards the end of the school year, my fourth grade teacher started reading this book to the class after afternoon recess — one chapter each day. Then, just as the plot started to ramp up and get really interesting....the school year ended. We didn't finish the book. And, of course, by the time I got to the public library to check it out, one of my classmates must have beaten me to it. And then 20 YEARS went by. That is a really long time to no...
  • Claudia
    Another children's classic I missed...Since RABBIT HILL was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, I fell right into this story of mice and rats who speak and read. Funny how the cat, Dragon doesn't seem as bright.Mrs. Frisby is dealing with so much...the loss of her beloved husband, Jonathan, the illness of her youngest child, and the upcoming destruction of her cozy winter home by the farmer who will plow up the field where her cinder-block...
  • Jo
    I watched the movie based on the book a thousand times as a child (The Secret of NIMH). The book was similar in many ways and very different in others. The book was missing the action sequences and the magic that was in the movie. There was no magic necklace or last minute knife throws to save a life. What the book did have was more humanity. The hopes and loves and tragedy of their lives. The book was moving and thought provoking. I am so glad I...
  • V. Gingerich
    Story begins nicely, goes into (fascinating) back story for most of the book, comes back to present and ends spectacularly. Love it in spite of it all. Students love it, too. I remember the first time I read it, or rather, my teacher read it to me. He said, "You'll never, ever look at rats the same way again."
  • The_poor_mouth
    The great thing about NIMH is how it disturbing it is to young and old. As a child my mother read me The Wind In The Willows, which has some funny moments that have staled as an adult (except for a slight aftertaste of nostalgia) and I can't stand to see the Pooh books applauded anywhere after watching supposedly Taoist modern business leaders take inspiration from Piglet. By contrast, there is nothing funny about the rat cult leader named Nicode...
  • Wendy Bousfield
    This YA story of sentient animals is a gem! Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse, lives with her four children on the prosperous farm of Mr. Fitzgibbon. During the winter, the family lives in a cinderblock in a field. Just before the Fitzgibbons plow the field in preparation for spring planting, the mouse family moves to their summer home on a stream bank. A crisis arises the Frisbys’ cozy, predictable lives when Timothy, the youngest son, contracts pneu...
  • Tess
    I adore this book.
  • Jackie B. Forman
    A unique and memorable story about rats who were once tested upon trying to make a life for themselves. I feel like I have much to reflect upon before I can begin to understand more than just the surface ideals of this book. But, that's probably why it won the Newbery. Full review to follow.
  • Heather Gunnell
    Staff PickI grew up watching the move based on this classic tale. I finally read the novel a few years ago, and while there are plenty of differences from the movie, I was still enchanted by the story. Check out this story of clever rodents today.
  • Lydia
    A friend of mine gave me this story when I was quite little and said it was her favourite story as a child.I read it and really enjoyed it, even though I was a little bit old for it. It has somewhat of a C.S. Lewis feel to it. It's quite accessible and Mrs. Frisby is a great character. A single mother, with four kids, just trying to make her way through life and do the best for her tiny babies. c: I think this is a really good adventure story, ev...
  • Joy
    A widowed mouse, Mrs. Frisby, with for small children, must move her family to their summer house immediately, or get crumbled in the garden soil. But Timothy, her youngest son, is ill and must not move until the weather gets warm. Fortunately, she meets the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary group of highly intelligent rats, who help her moving the house.I rated this book 4 out of 5 because I really enjoyed this book except for the ending. I thought...
  • RachelWilliams
    This book would be an excellent way to introduce new vocabulary in the classroom. I believe that Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH would be best suited for students in sixth grade. Using quotes from the book, students can try to use context clues to figure out the meanings. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH could also be used to introduce static and dynamic characters. Mrs. Frisby could be used as a static character and Jenner could be used as the ...
  • Suya Trenkel
    This may seem like a child's book when you first start reading it, but the story is far more complicated then that.Because of this book I don't think of rats in the same way.
  • Ellen
    Very charming. I enjoyed this immensely. The epilogue is unfortunately unsatisfactory, but I can deal with it.
  • Kristin
    Book summary: Mrs. Frisby is a widowed head of a family field of mice. Her son Timothy is ill and wont survive the move they need to make because spring plowing is about to be done in the garden that they live in. She ends up saving the life of a crow from the farmers cat which is the same cat that killed her husband. The crow suggests he go to an owl for help but the owl declines and Mrs. Frisby finds out that rats have a mechanized society. The...
  • Paige Bailey
    I really loved this book. I loved everything about it. I loved Mrs. Frisby because she was so kind and helpful and the same thing with all the characters. Cynthia, Martin, Teresa, Timothy, Justin, Nicodemus, the rats of NIMH, the owl, Jeremy. I loved all of them. I also liked how the story went. I liked how she found the solution to her problem and found friends along the way. One line in the book said something kind of like this meaning " your p...