Chapter 1 In The Drain The Little family (Mr.Little, Mrs. Little and their son George) have a new baby named Stuart. Stuart is the main character of the book. When Stuart is born the Little family is surprised that he is very small and looks like a mouse. In this chapter the author tells how Stuart’s life is different from our lives. Mr.Little has to make special things, like a little bed made out of a cigarette box and little clothes, for Stuart. Mrs. Little drops her ring in the bathtub drain. Mr. Little lowers Stuart down the drain to get the ring.
Chapter 2 Home Problems Stuart liked to play the piano with his family. Stuart goes inside the piano to fix the one key that always gets stuck. He has to dodge the keys when someone plays the piano. Stuart also retrieves lost ping-pong balls from under the sofa. This is a hard task because the balls are so big. He uses all his strength to push the balls out from under the sofa. The Littles changed words in songs that mentioned mice because Stuart might get scared by the words. One of the songs is “Twas the night before Christmas” and another is “Three Blind Mice”.
Chapter 3 Washing Up Stuart and George wake up and exercise. After that they wash up. Stuart climbs a rope to get to the sink and uses a wooden hammer to turn the water on. Stuart gets his doll-sized toothbrush and brushes his teeth. Stuart has trouble when he brushes his teeth because he looses his balance. George tries to build a brace for Stuart so that he won’t fall in the sink.
Chapter 4 Exercise In Chapter 4 Stuart gets trapped. After he washes up, Stuart gets out the tub and walks into the living room. He sees Snowbell (Mrs. & Mr. Little’s cat) laying on the floor. “Hello” Stuart says. Snowbell replies by making fun of Stuart and challenging him to prove that he isn’t a ‘wimp’. To show he is strong, Stuart jumps up and catches a rope that is connected to the window shade. The shade snaps up and traps Stuart inside. Snowbell feels really happy that Stuart is caught. He takes Stuart’s hat and cane and puts them near a mouse hole so that Stuart’s parents will think that Stuart has left them to live with mice. The Little family can’t find Stuart.
Chapter 5 Rescued • The Little family can not find Stuart. When everybody is looking George found Stuart’s hat and cane near the mouse hole. and George called everybody over to the mouse hole. George thinks that Stuart is stuck in the mouse hole. George said “I’ll pull the floor apart” and then Mr. Little said. “No! I will.”
Chapter 5 Rescued George went down to the cellar to find the other side to the mouse hole. George had to move boxes, trunks, flowerpots and broken chairs. George didn’t find the mouse hole. He did find a rowing machine.
Chapter 5 Rescued When it was lunch time no one was hungry. They were all worried about Stuart being eaten by a cat or being hurt. They missed him. Even George didn’t eat his dessert. Mrs. Little was crying and looking at Stuart’s small chair.
Chapter 6 A Fair Breeze One morning when Stuart woke up, he put on a sailor suit and went to the shore to try to get a job on a boat. Stuart finds a job on a boat. The name of the boat is the “Wasp”. The owner of the Wasp has a enemy who owns a boat named the “Lillian B. Womrath”. The “ Womrath” bumps into the Wasp. The owner of the “Wasp” will let Stuart work on the “Wasp” if he beats the “Lillian B. Womrath” in a race. Stuart sails the “Wasp” to show the owner that he is a good sailor. He is so happy that he does a little dance and gets so distracted that he almost crashes into a tramp steamer.
Chapter 7 The Sailboat Race The man who owns the “Wasp” is going to pay Stuart five dollars a week to race his boat for him. Stuart runs to the “Wasp” to get started in a race against the “Lillian B. Womrath”. The two boats begin to race. Everyone cries, “Go!” throughout the whole race. As Stuart was looking around, he saw a police officer fall into the lake near the boats. This creates a big wave that is coming directly at Stuart. He holds on tightly and the boat doesn’t capsize. In the end Stuart wins the race.
Chapter 8 Margalo One day, Stuart wants to get some cheese from the refrigerator. Stuart’s Mom opens the refrigerator to get the pudding. Stuart jumps inside to get some cheese. Mrs. Little does not see Stuart in the refrigerator. She closes the door, trapping Stuart inside.
Chapter 8 Margalo Margalo is a bird that the Little’s find nearly dead on their window sill. They feed her and take care of her. Stuart meets Margalo and worries that Snowbell will eat her. Stuart decides to guard her with his bow and arrow. Snowbell gets shot in the ear by Stuart when he tries to eat Margalo.
Chapter 8 Margalo Stuart wants to get out of the refrigerator but he can’t because in is dark and his voice can’t penetrate through the wall. Accidentally, he falls into a saucer and stumbles in the prunes. The temperature in the refrigerator makes Stuart’s teeth chatter and he shivers. Half an hour later, Mrs. Little opens the refrigerator. She finds a frozen Stuart standing on a butter plate.
Chapter 10 Springtime Margalo runs away because one of Snowbell’s friends plans to eat her. A pigeon informs Margalo about Snowbell’s friend’s plan. The Little family looks for Margalo but can’t find her. Stuart runs away to find Margalo.
Chapter 11 Automobile The Little's lose Margalo (Stuart’s best friend). Stuart goes to go find her. He stops at the doctor’s office. Stuart asks the doctor which way he should go. The doctor gives him a car that doctor made. The doctor tells Stuart to press a button in the car to make it turn invisible. Stuart tries to press the button again to make the car visible but he hits the wrong button and the car starts. The car moves all by itself. Stuart and the doctor try to catch the automobile as it zips and crashes through the room. The doctor finally finds the car stuck in the fireplace. The car was damaged. The doctor cautions Stuart to think before he acts.
Chapter 12 The School Room • Stuart changes his clothes and goes to school Number Seven. Instead of teaching subjects, Stuart decides that he will just to talk to the students all day long about being King of the World. The students listen but think that Stuart is out of his mind
Charter 13 Ames crossing Stuart stopped to get a drink of sarsaparilla. He parked his car in front of the general store. When the storekeeper came to smoke a cigarette stuart joined. Stuart asked “do you have any sarsaparilla in your store”. “Certainly” said the storekeeper. The storekeeper went in the store, and came back with the drink. Stuart whipped his cap off, lay down and used his cap as a dipper.
Chapter 13Ames crossing The store keeper asks Stuart, “how tall are you”. Stuart answers, “Two inches and a quarter tall”.. The storekeeper asked stuart “there's a girl you have to meet”. Who is it said Stuart. her name is Harriet Ames, she’s just your size. She’s young and quite pretty. She’s may be interested in you, said the the storekeeper. Stuart went to the post office to fill his fountain pen with ink. Well he happened to glance toward the door and what he saw startled him so that he almost lost his balance and fell into the ink. A girl around two inches tall had entered. Stuart said “must be the Ames girl” she is pretty.
Chapter 14 An Evening on the River • Stuart’s dream of paddling down the river with Harriet is nearly ruined. The canoe leaks. • He works hard to repair the canoe. He worries about what Harriet will decide to do once she gets his invitation. • Harriet arrives. Stuart discovers his canoe has been ruined. He is heartbroken. Harriet suggests things they can do to still go on a canoe ride. Stuart’s dream is ruined. Harriet invites Stuart to her Country Club and to dance, but Stuart is miserable and says “No.” Harriet goes home.
Heading NorthChapter 15 • The next morning, Stuart wakes. The rain has stopped. He fills the gas tank with five drops of gas and drives North in search of Margalo. • He meets a man telephone pole repairman. Stuart talks to him about what is in each direction and asks him if he has seen Margalo and birds. • He decides to drive North. • At the end of the book he is traveling North and he is sure that he is “going in the right direction.”