Over at Weekend Stubble, I came across Paul Collins noting the following:
An actual letter to the editor that I found in the New York Times for June 18, 1922:
Rats and Mice in Movies.
May I ask why it seems necessary to feature rats and mice so conspicuously in moving pictures? They are as repulsive to many as reptiles, yet snakes are seldom seen in pictures.
MRS. ALBERT SACKETT
Longmeadow, Mass., June 8, 1922
Moving pictures is one thing - Ratatouille anyone? - but why do cute little rodents so often feature in children's picture books. It makes me wish that like the character from Dr. Seuss I could "read with my eyes shut." I love Barbara Reid's books but am forced to shun The Subway Mouse, and Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread tempts me not at all.
Anyone else similarly afflicted?