Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall (Tumtum and Nutmeg Series)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

In three thrilling 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Bearn makes her debut with a trio of comfortingly old-fashioned tales about a pair of kindly mice, living in a forgotten broom closet in dilapidated Rose Cottage, home to Arthur and Lucy Mildew and their father. Tumtum and Nutmeg's residence-Nutmouse Hall-is as splendid as the Mildews' home is forlorn, and the good-hearted couple secretly takes on the task of putting, and keeping, the cottage in order. Unexpected adventures ensue: in each of the stories the decidedly nonadventurous mice rescue friends and defeat enemies, always putting themselves in great danger and emerging victorious. Very British in setting, tone and supporting characters (a blustery mouse general, an elegant elderly ballet mistress and her troupe of young ballerinas, greedy pirate rats), the stories are filled with descriptions of good food, cheering fires and warm beds. Price's black-and-white line drawings have a scratchy, comic air that brings a welcome edge to the gentle storytelling. While some may find the adventures on the quiet side, the sympathetic characters, enchanting setting and quickly paced plots will hold readers' interest. Ages 6-9. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Anyone who enjoys Beatrix Potter will be enchanted by this thick, three-story book featuring two mice, Mr. and Mrs. Nuthouse—Tumtum, a chubby, gray mouse who dresses in English tweed, and Nutmeg, a brown mouse who loves to cook. They live in Nutmouse Hall, a mansion established by Tumtum's great grandfather. The mansion is hidden away inside a forgotten broom cupboard in Rose Cottage. The cottage's human inhabitants are Mr. Lewis, an inventor, and his two children, Lucy and Arthur. Since inventing is hardly a regularly-paying job, house and humans have gotten shabby and scruffy. But Nutmeg has an idea (her ideas are seldom practical but spectacular, nonetheless). The Nutmouses come out at night, mending clothes and making home repairs, as well as leaving the children beautiful miniature cakes. Soon Lucy and Andrew conclude the two are "a fairy of sorts" named Nutmeg and form a fast, if long distance, friendship. This is the basis for Bearn's stories of the mice's adventures. In the first, "Nutmeg and Tumtum," Rose Cottage is invaded by the children's disagreeable Aunt Ivy, who is terrified of mice. The Nutmouses dispatch Aunt Ivy with the help of General Marchmouse, a rodent living nearby, and his army. The second story, "The Great Escape," involves the intrepid general plus a squeamish teacher named Miss Short, and requires the help of Tumtum, Nutmeg, and a school full of novice ballerina mice. In the third story, "The Pirate's Treasure," what begins as a simple overnight campout turns into a frightening sea (stream) voyage, a sinking ship, a deserted island, and pirate rats—all thanks to grandiose General Marchmouse. This time, Lucy and Arthur rescue the mice! TheNutmouses' adventures are wonderfully written. Illustrations are plentiful and absolutely charming. This would be an excellent read-aloud book for any teacher, parent, or caregiver. After that—who knows? Perhaps young readers will be ready to imagine more adventures for Nutmeg and Tumtum. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Rose Cottage is a modest abode "rife with clutter and chaos." But behind a broom-closet door, hidden by a heavy chest of drawers, lies a 36-room mansion, home to Tumtum and Nutmeg Nutmouse. The retiring animal couple takes great pleasure in helping absentminded Mr. Mildew and his motherless children, who live in the cottage, in small ways-darning socks, rewiring heaters, and patching shoes. But a visit by the Mildews' odious Aunt Ivy turns the quiet couple's life upside down after the woman spots them on the upstairs landing. A full-blown mouse attack ensues, requiring the assistance of neighboring General Marchmouse and his mouse battalion. Adventure upon adventure follows, including trouble at the local school and an encounter with pirate rats (who are hindered by liqueur-filled chocolates). Before long readers know just what to expect from Bearn's characters: a can-do attitude and bustling efficiency from Nutmeg, even-tempered consideration from Tumtum, and from the General, an inflated ego and childlike impulses. The author provides enough twists and turns to keep the excitement high and fills her story with delightful details (outside of an occasional "earwig en croute," the mice nibble on piles of tasty homemade cakes, scones, and gingerbread, all described). 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.-Daryl Grabarek , School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
Charmingly old-fashioned but full of vigor, three tales about spry mouse couple Mr. and Mrs. Nutmouse offer humor and adventure. Tumtum and Nutmeg (fond spousal nicknames) live in "a big, rambling house with a ballroom, and a billiards room, and a banqueting room, and a butler's room" nestled secretly in a hidden broom cupboard of a cottage. In the cottage live Arthur and Lucy, human children whom Nutmeg and Tumtum clandestinely care for, explaining their helpful deeds by claiming to be a (single) fairy. The Nutmouses prefer peace and quiet, but the children's surly, musophobic Aunt Ivy strives to poison them until their wild and hilarious scheme expels her. That done, pompous General Marchmouse, a war hero given to "foolish heroics," embroils them in two more escapades, one involving gerbils and ballerinas, the other pirates. 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? (Fantasy. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316027038
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Tumtum & Nutmeg Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 271,725
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Bearn has worked as a staff writer at Harper & Queen magazine, The Times, and the Sunday Telegraph. She lives with her daughter in London, England. Tumtum & Nutmeg is her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Hurray for Emily!

    I am eleven and am immensely enjoying this charming classic. It is probably meant for kids younger than me, but still, Tumtum and Nutmeg kept me entertained. I love it! I especially like that Tumtum is nicknamed Tumtum because he has a rather large one. Big kiss to Emily Bearn! Five hundred trillion stars!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Great Book

    I am ten years old and if you are looking for a good book, this one is right for you! I love reading their fabulous adventure stories, like for example, The Seaside Surprise. And in The Christmas Adventure, I love how Baron Toymouse throws strawberry cream puffs. It is so good, I bring my nook to school with me and also get up in the morning to read it. And now I am going to tell you a little about A christmas Adventure. In the story, Arthur and Lucy did not get their presents from Father Christmas. What will Tumtum and Nutmeg do? They decide to go to Baron Toymouse, a mean ol mouse. He is very mean to the fellow mice. But in the end, Baron ends up giving Arthur his toy car he has always wanted. And Lucy got her box of magic tricks she has always wanted. I can not write about A Seaside Surprise because I am only on the second chapter of it. But anyways, if you order this book for seven dollars, you definitely will not regret it. If there were trillions more of stars, I would give it a five hundred trillion star rating!And if you think I am lying, I am not. And if you still think I am, read the book and you will find out the truth. You will love this book. And this is my last sentence before I quit typing. Bye now, Fellow Tumtum andNutmeg readers! I reccomend this book to all of you. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!"!!!!"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    LOVE!

    Tumtum and Nutmeg really come to life in these delightful tales. They prove that no matter how small you are, you can make a big difference. Three thrilling and humorous tales that will certainly charm all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Cute!!

    This a really cute and intersting story. I highly reccomend it to everyone. A must read.
    Five stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Fantastic Read-Aloud

    A charming story for children of all ages! Nice size chapters and just enough illustrations to keep it interesting for the younger listeners. We loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    AWESOME & ADVENTUROUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 long stories & 2 little mice an

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    WOW!!

    I loved reading this book to my 7 year old daughter, and she loved the book just as much as I did. Tumtum and Nutmeg are her new favorite characters and we would love to read more stories about them. The stories are captivating and very sweet. I highly recommend this book. This is the new birthday gift for all of her friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Delightful!

    Witty engaging stories that are fun and clever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Love it

    I love the story its so cute i like the kids in the story too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Amazing

    Omg you have to read this it is an amazing book for all ages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    great

    u should so read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Tum Tum and Nutmeg

    I LOVE this book because of Aunt Ivy and the mice. I like it when aunt ivy sees tumtum and nutmeg



    By:Keira Johnston

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Kendalyn reviews

    Ive read this book when i was little at the library and have been trying to find it since then because it was so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    QUESTION!!!

    How many pages does this book have!:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Little kids read

    Hi,
    It is cute for elementry school read alouds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Fun!

    Great little book. It was a little short, but thats what sequels are for! Very clean, and great for all ages. I can't wait to read the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so good. I couldn't put it down. Three enticing stories of how mice can overcome anything. Aunt Ivy, Miss Short, rats, and much more. This book was so wonderful. Emily Bearn did a great job and please write more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Five stars

    !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Want to read

    Real bad

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Bad!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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