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This is a print of my painting of a rat and a mouse on a library card catalog card for the book “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.” In the classic children's book by Robert C. O'Brien, a mouse named Mrs. Frisby seeks the help of mysteriously intelligent escaped laboratory rats in order to save her son's life.

The print is done on ivory card stock paper to replicate the look and feel of card catalog cards, which librarians typed up on index cards. It measures 3 x 5 inches, the same as a real card. The print ships in a clear archival sleeve tucked into a protective cardboard photo mailer.

To see more library card art, visit the “Library Card Catalogue” section of my shop at:

My painting was inspired by this passage in "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH":

Mrs. Frisby said: "But why did they want to catch you? And how did you ever get away again?"
"At first," said Nicodemus, "I thought it must be because they didn't like our stealing the food. And yet you could hardly call it stealing – it was waste food, and all they did with it was haul it away to the city incinerator. So what harm if we ate some of it? Of course, there are people who just dislike rats, whether they're doing any harm or not."
"And mice, too," said Mrs. Frisby.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH library card art - Print of my painting of rat and mouse on library card