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The Story of Miss Moppet

Beatrix Potter

Book Overview: 

Miss Moppet, the story's eponymous main character, is a kitten teased by a mouse. While pursuing him she bumps her head on a cupboard. She then wraps a duster about her head, and sits before the fire "looking very ill". The curious mouse creeps closer, is captured, "and because the Mouse has teased Miss Moppet—Miss Moppet thinks she will tease the Mouse; which is not at all nice of Miss Moppet". She ties him up in the duster and tosses him about. However, the mouse makes his escape, and once safely out of reach, dances a jig atop the cupboard.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .This is the Mouse peeping out behind the cupboard, and making fun of Miss Moppet. He is not afraid of a kitten. This is Miss Moppet jumping just too late; she misses the Mouse and hits her own head. She thinks it is a very hard cupboard! The Mouse watches Miss Moppet from the top of the cupboard. Miss Moppet ties up her head in a duster, and sits before the fire.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reminded me of Tom and Jerry. Haha.

Unlike the previous story about the naughty little bunny, I wasn't quite feeling this one. Beatrix nails the cruelty of cats quite well, but it doesn't have any charm, or much darkness, of any of the cute I've come to expect and love from Beatrix.

Her illustrations remain charming as ever, though....more

Stunning reversals, a death-defying escape, and cute illustrations. It's short AND it puts my girl to sleep

Miss Moppet is one of Tabitha Twitchett's children. In this read-aloud she is on her own, dealing with a naughty mouse in her own way. Her idea on how to entice the mouse to get close enough to catch is pretty creative. Wrapping a sore part of the head or face in flannel to keep it warm, and sitt...more

Excellent one for kids who just started to read. Short sentences and easy words. lovely ollustrations, as usual.

I think the art work gets better and better and it is so special. This story was simple and for a very young age. Not much too it.

Why is everyone forever wrapping their heads up in dusters? It is crucially important I get an answer to this question. Lickety-split!

For some reason, I was never a fan of Potter's cat illustrations. They're too linear, and lack a cute level I want from my drawn felines. Combine that with the simple story and this one is not a favorite entry in her library. Still, a good reminder not to tease others. Just eat your prey immediat...more

it was super cute watching the pictures going on and liked the story super adorable, the tale is super short but so appealing, every kid will love it.

A charming tale of a cat torturing a mouse for revenge. Or something. As the Beatrix Potter books go, this one might be one to save for about the last, so your kids can know things never turn out badly for any of the animals. I was legitimately concerned there'd be a death here.

The artwork displa...more

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