Author(s): Emily Bearn
In the broom cupboard of a Rose Cottage, stands a house fit for a mouse - well, two mice actually. A house made of pebblestone, with gables on the windows and turrets peeking out of the roof. A house with a ballroom, a billiard room, a banqueting room, a butler's room and a drawing room. The house belongs to Mr and Mrs Nutmouse, or Tumtum and Nutmeg as they affectionately call each other.
When General Marchmouse unexpectedly joins the Nutmouses on a camping trip things soon begin to go horribly wrong. Before they know it, the mice are whisked downstream on Arthur's toy boat, Bluebottle. The General soon spies an island in the distance that he is determined to explore - and fiddlesticks to anyone who disagrees! But once ashore the mice soon find that they are not the only ones to have discovered the island...
Other titles in the series:
Tumtum and Nutmeg Bk1
The Great Escape Bk2
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"- The Times said: 'Bearn's style is as crisp and warm as a home-baked biscuit.' - The Sunday Times said: 'Told simply, with charming detail, this old-fashioned and well-published story... will delight children who are of an age to relish secret friends and a cosy world in miniature' - The Financial Times said: 'Bearn is a fine writer and her tale... is a gently humorous page-turner full of little details... Highly recommended' - Writeaway.org said: 'The illustrations are superb...'"
Emily Bearn was born in London, and has been a journalist since the age of 20 when she joined the staff of Harpers & Queen magazine. She then worked for a year as a diary reporter on The Times, before becoming a commissioning editor, and subsequently a senior interviewer, on the Sunday Telegraph. She became freelance in 2005 following the birth of her daughter. The idea for the Tumtum and Nutmeg books was sparked one evening when, while feeding her baby in the kitchen, she saw two tiny mice scuttling across the floor, then disappearing behind the skirting next to the cooker. She started to wonder what sort of life the mice led behind the skirting board, and slowly the plot for the first Tumtum and Nutmeg book came to life. She and her daughter live in Hammersmith, and still share their house with two (very helpful) mice.