Literature: Stuart Little

Stuart Little is a 1945 children's novel by Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White (1899-1985). It concerns the story of a mouse born to human parents in New York City. The early chapters concerns his everyday life in the City and encounter with a friend who saves his life, Margalo the bird.

When Margalo flies away, Stuart leaves the city in a quest to find her. He acquires a gasoline-powered model car and travels the country. He finds employment as a substitute teacher from time to time. The most notable event includes finding a love interest in his own size, Harriet Ames. They go to a single date before he leaves to continue his quest. The novel has no resolution.

Stuart Little was adapted to a namesake film in 1999, which combined live-action and computer animation. The voice for the main character was provided by Michael J. Fox. It was a box office hit, so naturally it received sequels: Stuart Little 2 (2002) and Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (2006). The second film was more of the same and did reasonably well at the box office. The third film was fully computer-animated, also directly released to video. An animated series was created in 2003 but only lasted a single season, 13 episodes.

Tropes in the book include:

  • No Ending: The book ends with zero resolution; Stuart simply affirms his determination to find his friend, roll proverbial credits. Apparently E.B. White was concerned about his health, and decided to end the book at the best place he could find rather than keep going with it and risk leaving it unfinished at an even less satisfying point. Odd thing is, he recovered and lived another 40 years, yet he never went back to finish the book.