A miserable mouse is weary of his rodent lifestyle: "people set traps on us and sick cats on us", he tells a local wizard. The mouse wants to be something else – he’s not sure exactly what. Hoping to transform himself, the mouse procures a magical potion from the wizard. Unfortunately, the wizard’s spells never work, and chances are this mirthless mouse will stay just that – a mouse. Then again, as young listeners will discover, the life of mice is rather nice after all.
Actor Ian Thomson is sprightly and animated as he portrays a stuffy, witless wizard and his melancholy mouse patron. Thomson’s lively character acting ensures young listeners will have no trouble understanding this important message about being comfortable in one’s own skin.
©1969 Jack Kent; (P)1989 Weston Woods
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