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TUMTUM AND NUTMEG; Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall

Author: Emily Bearn

Illustrator: Nick Price

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: Galley

Summary: Tumtum and Nutmeg Nutmouse got along just fine with the Mildews. In fact, Mr. Mildew and his children Arthur and Lucy didn't even know about Nutmouse Hall, the grand estate behind the wall. The Nutmouses felt sorry for the children not having a mom, and started working in the wee small hours on projects that would make their lives better. All was going well until Aunt Ivy arrived! How could two mice possibly have a chance against the rabid Aunt Ivy? Then, once Aunt Ivy is gone, it is the bullying River Rats ... will there ever be a quiet day in Nutmouse Hall? This is an illustrated chapter book about two mice and their adventures.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, reluctant reader, read aloud book, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 5

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We tried to read this to our daughter several times over a year's time. When we finally did start reading it, she lost interest in those first 100 pages, claiming that she knew how it would end.

Adult Reader Reaction: I was disappointed that my daughter didn't stay around for the whole story. I kept reading and thoroughly enjoyed the book. It reminded me a bit of Stuart Little and The Nutcracker Suite. The characters are fun (even over-the-top Aunt Ivy), there are some humorous scenes, and it has the happy ending you hope for as you read along.

Pros: There is plenty of action and adorable characters in this imaginative, must-read-aloud story for children.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. These are fun adventures and kids will love the idea of miniature people *living* in their dollhouses, and such. The book can be "divided" into three separate stories, which makes it less overwhelming to your developing reader.

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Educational Themes: This is a book to be enjoyed just for its imaginative characters and adventure.

Notes: The Reading Tub received an advance reviewer edition of this book

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, animal characters, middle grade, family

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2014

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