Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Review: Tumtum and Nutmeg - A Circus Adventure by Emily Bearn
Released: October 4th, 2010
Grade rating: A
Tumtum and Nutmeg once again find themselves in a fantastic adventure... A circus adventure. Along with their old friend General Marchmouse and the two children, Arthur and Lucy, the Nutmouses will find themselves at the circus.
Thanks to A Circus Adventure, I can now proudly call myself a Tumtum and Nutmeg fan. I'd previously read one other book in this series, which I enjoyed, but not as much as this one. A Circus Adventure is the fifth book in Emily Bearn's series about adventurous mice, and is reminiscent of such classics as Beatrix Potter and the Percy the Park Keeper picture books. Bearn writes her stories with such charm and warmth that I often forgot I was reading a book aimed at tiny children - grown-ups can enjoy it, too!
In A Circus Adventure, a mouse circus comes to town and General Marchmouse ends up stealing a toy bus and joining them. Tumtum and Nutmeg obviously spot something's wrong right away, and go after their friend with the help of his mouse wife and the two human children, Arthur and Lucy, who they share a house with. What follows is a lovely, fun adventure with naughty mice and stolen transport, not to mention a spot of peril for my new favourite tailed people.
As always, illustrations accompany the text, making the reading experience even better - I love seeing Tumtum and Nutmeg depicted as little mice in huge surroundings, and I can see why this series is such a hit with children. I'm planning to go back and read the first three books in the Tumtum and Nutmeg series, because I enjoyed this and A Seaside Adventure so much. If you have kids that like reading, you really should get this series - I love it, and I hope Emily Bearn writes many more mouse tales!