It isn't often that a book comes along which defies trends, transcends time, and reads like a childhood favorite. Packaged in a lush, thick volume that includes multiple stories, Tumtum & Nutmeg has just that appeal!
Deep inside the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage, two mice live in great style.
Tumtum and Nutmeg lead cozy and quiet lives, secretly looking after Arthur and Lucy, the disheveled human children of the cottage, never dreaming that so many exciting adventures will soon find them. But when evil Aunt Ivy, a squeamish schoolteacher named Miss Short, and pirating pond rats threaten the safety of those they hold dear, the courageous pair will stop at nothing to save the day.
This deluxe edition features three complete tales with charming illustrations in every chapter. Tumtum and Nutmeg--along with the valiant efforts of veteran hero General Marchmouse, Ms. Tiptoe's bouncing ballerina army, and a team of caged gerbils--prove that small-size mice can have world-size hearts.
An E.B. White Read Aloud Award Finalist A School Library Journal Best Book An NAPPA Gold Award Winner A Bank Street Children's Book Committee Outstanding Children's Book of the Year
* "The author provides enough twists and turns to keep the excitement high and fills her story with delightful details...Rustically framed pen-and-ink drawings appear throughout, adding panache to the presentation. This British import is as satisfying as high tea, and a perfect choice for competent young readers."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Charmingly old-fashioned but full of vigor, three tales about spry mouse couple Mr. and Mrs. Nutmouse offer humor and adventure...Bearn's neat, understated prose never missteps, while the small-scale domesticity nods to various classics including The Wind in the Willows and The Borrowers. Sweet but never saccharine--and how often do rescues involve mice on pogo sticks?"
Emily Bearn has worked as a staff writer for Harpers & Queen magazine, the Times, and the Sunday Telegraph. She lives with her daughter in London, England, where they share their home with two very helpful house mice.