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Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall [Paperback]

Emily Bearn , Nick Price

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories to read to your children! May 18 2011
By D. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
I just finished reading this to my 6 year old boy/girl twins. They loved it. I loved. Perfect to read to both genders. I am an avid reader and am working to instill a love of reading in my children - this was an excellent start. They were a little disconcerted when we started as there are only black & white illustrations (which are beautiful) and they are not on every page like they were used to, but I explained how reading a well written story should put the images moving in your mind. My son was was very excited the other night exclaiming to me, "Mom - I see it all in my head!"

Buy it. Snuggle up and read it to your children!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Bearn's Debut Works On All Fronts June 3 2009
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
In the tradition of many a Great Mouse tale (Geronimo Stilton, Ralph S. Mouse, Stuart Little, The Rescuers, etc.), TUMTUM & NUTMEG is a prime example of old-fashioned storytelling where cute-as-a-button animals talk, adults are buffoons, and the promise of bonafide adventure makes the story worth telling --- and hearing. A collection of three mini-stories full of unlucky captures, heroic escapes and a whole lot of scampering, Emily Bearn's debut works on all fronts.

In the first story entitled "Tumtum & Nutmeg," Bearn sets up the concept for the series simply but with just the right amount of whimsy and suspense to draw in youngsters. Two gangly kids (nerdy Arthur and slightly bossy Lucy) live with their widowed, disheveled dad (an inventor) in a decrepit old house called Rose Cottage. Little do they know that Tumtum and Nutmeg, the delightful Mr. and Mrs. Mouse, have also made the ramshackle cottage home --- in the 36-room lavish miniature mansion, called Nutmouse Hall, hidden behind the bookshelves in the broom closet.

The two worlds, human and mouse, peacefully coexist under one roof like they always have --- Tumtum and Nutmeg tidy up the kids' attic room at night to help out; Arthur and Lucy think a fairy is responsible for the good deed --- until trouble strikes one day. Arthur and Lucy's curmudgeony, mice-fearing Aunt Ivy comes to visit, and all hell breaks loose --- including a rat poisoning, a surprise attack by an army of mice with the Napoleonic General Mousemarch at the helm, and Aunt Ivy's ultimate emotional breakdown (reminiscent of Aunt Spiker or Aunt Sponge from JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH).

The next two stories, "The Great Escape" and "The Pirates' Treasure," are equally as enjoyable --- and entertaining. "The Great Escape" follows the captured General Mousemarch to Arthur and Lucy's school where he is kept amidst naked, unsophisticated gerbils and later rescued by a troupe of dainty mice-ballerinas on pogo sticks. Just like its title sounds, the last saga recounts yet another sticky situation for the bumbling General Mousemarch as he is held for ransom by a band of beastly rat-pirates on a small island in the pond next to Arthur and Lucy's house.

Bearn's roster of characters are a bit of what one might expect to find in these types of British adventure tales, but that doesn't make them any less lovable (or, in Ivy's case, despicable). Nutmeg's generosity is as boundless as General Mousemarch's goofy senselessness is expected, and the siblings are just enough in the background to provide a relatable context for readers.

Will there be more tales of derring-do beyond Nutmouse Hall? And will there be delicate black and white illustrations throughout each book at just the right moments? With Bearn and illustrator Nick Price at the helm, let's hope so.

--- Reviewed by Alexis Burling
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! Sure to be a classic! Aug. 4 2009
By Darcy - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fabulous collection that is sure to be a classic! I read this book aloud to my children and we devoured it! We can't wait to see the next adventures Tumtum and Nutmeg will embark upon! This book should be on every family's bookshelf alongside Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web and the like. It is exquisitely written and wonderful fun! We highly recommend it!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute mouse adventures Feb. 24 2012
By bookreader "Melanie" - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter is 5 years old and I have been searching for cute, old fashioned chapter books to read to her. This is a wonderful book. It is over 500 pages long, but it is three stories in one book. They are called Tumtum and Nutmeg, The Great Escape and The Pirate's Treasure. There are beautiful black and white pencil illustrations on almost every other page or so, so little ones still get an occasional picture to keep them occupied and engaged. This is the first book in the Tumtum series. I believe there are two more separate books, called The Rose Cottage Tales, which also includes 3 stories and finally Trouble at Rose Cottage.
This book includes fun adventures of two mice who live in a huge house inhabited by a human family. Boys and girls will love these books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! Feb. 2 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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We purchased this book for my daughter,who is 9 ,for Christmas. It is full of adventure and characters she loved to read about. Once she started the book she did not want to put it down. Lots of good clean fun with nothing too scary or bogged down with teenage issues like boys and parental rebellion. Highly recommend.

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