Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Littles

The Littles

John Peterson
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Scholastic, 1993   ISBN: 978-0590462259

The Littles live in the house belonging to Mr. Bigg and his family, though Mr. Bigg has no idea that the Littles are there. The reason for this is simple. The Littles are very small indeed, the largest of them, Mr. Little, being only six inches tall. The Littles live in the walls of the house and make sure that the humans in the household never see them.

   The Littles gets what they need from the Biggs, but they make sure to repay the Biggs for the things that they take by fixing the wiring and the plumbing in the house. This saves Mr. Bigg from having to spend a fortune in electrician and plumber bills, so it all evens out in the end.

   One day in May the Biggs leave their house in the country to go on a vacation for three months. While they are gone, the Newcombs, a couple from the city, will live in the Biggs’ house. Some of the Littles are a little anxious about this. They have no idea what the Newcombs are like and what will they do if the new family has a cat?

   They needn’t have worried about the cat. The Newcombs don’t have any pets and they spend their days quietly. Mr. Newcomb paints, and Mrs. Newcomb works on writing her stories. They eat hamburger just about every day and since they are on vacation, they are not too careful about being tidy. Granny starts to worry that the crumbs and the Newcomb’s messy habits will attract mice.

   Every evening Mrs. Newcomb reads what she has written to her husband, and on the other side of the wall the Littles, all six of them, sit quietly and listen. They thoroughly enjoy the stories and life goes on quietly enough until one day in June. Mr. Little comes running into the living room and he gives his family some bad news. Thanks to the Newcombs and their terrible housekeeping habits, there are mice in the house. When you are six inches tall a three inch mouse is a fearsome foe. Somehow they have to get the Newcombs to do something about the mice before one f the Littles get hurt.

   This book first came out in 1967 and it has stood the test of time very well. Young readers will be charmed by the adventures that the Littles have, and will be delighted when they see how the creative little people solve a dire problem.