By Emily Bearn, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 406 pages
Tumtum and Nutmeg are back again with three delightful new stories. Author Emily Bearn creates a fantastic world where house mice save the day in her new book Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales. In A Christmas Adventure, Tumtum and Nutmeg are busy preparing for their Christmas celebration when they realize that Arthur and Lucy, the two human children in the house, have no present under the tree and their stockings are empty. There is only one place for the two mice to find gifts for them. They must visit Baron Toymouse, the meanest mouse in town. He lives in an attic filled with every toy imaginable. Can he catch the holiday spirit and make Christmas special for everyone? In A Seaside Surprise, Tumtum and Nutmeg take a vacation to the coast and discover a treasure map. Along the way they meet characters named Purple Claw and Crabby Crab. Let the treasure hunt begin! In A Circus Adventure, a tiny circus comes to town and provides big fun for the mice and their friends. Illustrator Nick Price’s drawings make the stories come alive. Share this beautiful book with a child in your life. It will make a lasting impression.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin