Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Review: Tumtum and Nutmeg - A Seaside Adventure by Emily Bearn
Released: April 5th, 2010
Grade rating: B+
Tumtum and Nutmeg are leaving the confines of Nutmouse Hall and voyaging on their most challenging adventure yet...at the seaside! Arthur and Lucy are going to stay with their Uncle, and Nutmeg is determined to keep an eye on the children while they are away. But of course they won't be alone as General Marchmouse decides to join the fun. And soon The General gets his wish as the mice find that their new friend, Lord Seamouse, needs their help. Together they must set out on an adventure to regain his lost treasure and stop his enemy, Purple Claw, from getting to it first.
When I was younger, my mum used to read the Percy the Park Keeper picture book series to me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We're both still fans now, and I'm sure that's why I like reading about little animals or creatures that can talk. Tumtum and Nutmeg is a similar series (more writing, less illustrations) about two little mice, who wander off and have fantastic adventures with other mice. I'm nowhere near the 7+ age range for this book, but I was so excited when I received a copy. Why? Because cute talking mice = FUN.
After I managed to stop chuckling at the map included at the beginning of the book, which is a guide to Mousewall-On-Sea (heehee), I discovered Bearn's fantastic writing for children. She certainly knows how to entertain, and even made me like the rogue mouse of the story, Purple Claw. Her characters are so cute and lovely, and I can absolutely see why children are so enchanted with these mice.
I haven't read the first three books in the series, so I was a bit lost when it occasionally referred to previous events and people. It didn't really make that much difference though, and I'm sure A Seaside Adventure can be read as a standalone story. Existing fans are sure to love it and, I must admit, I'm quite tempted to go back and read the first three stories. There's something about certain younger children's books that I still enjoy, and I think they call it nostalgia.