This is the Dick King-Smith book I have read most recently. I love this man's writing style, and enjoyed this book, too. I had picked it up at a library book sale along with several other children's books, some of which I was sharing with a niece.
Because I have written a couple of books with mouse characters, I often choose to read other mouse books to see how other authors write about these tiny creatures. I read another book, which I didn't like, just before this one, and felt as if I were breathing a breath of fresh air from the first page of Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse.
The Publisher's Weekly review on the Amazon page says Dick King-Smith readers will be disappointed in this book because of its ho-hum plot (not an exact quote), but I was not. Yes, the plot was kind of simple, but interesting nevertheless. And I tend to read books for the quality of writing and for the characters, as well as for the plot, and so I appreciated this book, which was so much more engaging than the book I had just finished, though that book had lots of plot twists.
One of the young reviewers on the same Amazon page said that this book was her favorite Dick King-Smith book. I wouldn't say it was my all -time favorite, but I would recommend it as a great read for a child who likes mice and for the themes of the encouragement friendship can be, believing in oneself, and being persistent.