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Original book cover
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Background and publication
The original illustrations were re-done by the author, stating "The original illustrations I did were not as good as the story, and I have improved as an artist very much over the years. I felt I could do a better job, so I did it all over again."
Inspiration for the character
Wells has said that she was an only child, as opposed to Nora who was the middle child of a big family. She has even gone so far as to say that she doesn't put real experiences into her books. "I am convinced that books are written in heaven long before the authors are born, and we are simply given them to write down."
Now one old Wells friend, Nora, that noisy mouse, returns with all her middle-child problems still on display. What's a mouse to do when little brother and big sister take up all mom and dad's time? Yup. Plenty of noise. Look at these new pictures and you can almost hear the racket. With all that clatter, it might be better to read this one before dinner, not before bed!
Literary significance and criticism
The book won the CINE Golden Eagle, the Silver Apple of the National Educational Media Network, the ALA Notable Film, and the Third Prize from the ASIFA East.
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