Rufus M.

by Eleanor Estes

Paperback, 1989



Local notes

PB Est




Yearling (1989), 320 pages


The adventures of seven-year-old Rufus Moffat, living with his widowed mother and older siblings including his encounter with an invisible piano player and his attempts at ventroliquism.


Newbery Medal (Honor Book — 1944)


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

320 p.; 7.4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member satyridae
Warm and sweet. This book is, in addition to being a story about Rufus Moffat and his siblings, a snapshot of America at the end of WWII. I enjoyed it. I do loathe Louis Slobodkin's illustrations, though. I had to not look at them as I read.
LibraryThing member Karra.MCDS
Rufus is a young 7 year old boy that is the youngest in the Moffat family. They live on a unique street and in the begging there is a war going on and the class tries to help. There are lots of problems in Rufus's life and he is fun to read about. Rufus Moffat needs to figure out how to deal with
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his own problems too. I like this book because I like reading about little kids and their life. It was not my favorite because I like mysteries better and tense books. I hope you will like it too.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I loved all these stories about all the cousins. I should re-read them. Is this the one where the uncle is the youngest tot?
LibraryThing member fingerpost
A collection of largely unrelated short stories about Rufus, the youngest in the Moffat family. He lives with his mother, and three older siblings in Cranbury, Massachusetts. In each story, Rufus ponders and obsesses over some little thing that young children do ponder and obsess over. When a
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neighbor buys a player piano (which Rufus has never heard of) he believes there is an invisible man in the woman's house playing the piano. When he sees eyes reflecting light in a dark uninstalled water pipeline, he believes it is a wolf, and sets out plans to catch it and tame it. He finds some money frozen under ice on the sidewalk, and is determined to get it out of the ice and buy supper for his family with the money. The stories are all about small things - because small things are big to small children.
A charming, refreshing little book that has aged well.
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