Review: Tumtum & Nutmeg

By Emily Bearn

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These are some of the most delightful children’s books I have ever read!  Think “The Borrowers” meet “Brambly Hedge” and you’ll have a good idea of what I mean.  If you haven’t read either of those, I would highly recommend them!

Tumtum and Nutmeg are two adorable mice living in the broom cupboard of a small cottage.  They live with two children, Lucy and Arthur, as well as their absent minded inventor father.  The mice take an interest in the children and their problems, and decide to become their “fairy godmother.”

I read this book to my 3 and 4-year-old, although it will delight children much older as well!  The stories are written with a beautifully whimsical style, introducing lovely vocabulary into the minds of its readers.  It’s a wonderful transition out of picture books into chapter books.  The chapters aren’t too long, and the adventures keep their attention and have them begging for more!

If you decide to read these wonderful stories, I recommend starting with Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall, and continuing with Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Adventures

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