Katie Reads: Tumtum and Nutmeg

I saw the cover for this book at the library and said to myself, “That looks cute I should read it.”


In the broom cupboard of a small dwelling called 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.

Tumtum and Nutmeg have a wonderful life but the children who live in Rose Cottage, Arthur and Lucy, are less fortunate. So, one day Tumtum and Nutmeg decide to cheer them up …Tumtum repairs the electric heater in the attic where the children sleep and Nutmeg darns the children’s clothes. Arthur and Lucy are delighted and think a Fairy is looking after them.

But then Aunt Ivy with her green eyelids and long, elasticy arms arrives. She hates mice and hatches a plan to get rid of them. Soon Tumtum and Nutmeg are no longer safe to venture out. When Aunt Ivy uncovers the location of Nutmouse Hall it’s a race against time for Tumtum and Nutmeg – can they thwart her evil plans in time?

Basically this book is as cute as I thought it would be and I loved it. It has an old fashioned and timeless feel in the same way that the Penderwick books do. Tumtum and Nutmeg are two adorable mice who live in a little house and are very British. Like it says on the back, they decide to start helping the children of the house where they live and must drive away an evil aunt who comes to visit. It’s all very light-hearted and fun.

I don’t really have much more commentary other than that it’s perfect for an adult loving for a quick, cute read or children in general.

Stay magical readers!

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