Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Pirates' Treasure Paperback – 6 Apr 2009
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"- The Times said: 'Bearn's style is as crisp and warm as a home-baked biscuit.' - The Sunday Times said: 'Told simply, with charming detail, this old-fashioned and well-published story... will delight children who are of an age to relish secret friends and a cosy world in miniature' - The Financial Times said: 'Bearn is a fine writer and her tale... is a gently humorous page-turner full of little details... Highly recommended' - Writeaway.org said: 'The illustrations are superb...'"
About the Author
Emily Bearn was born in London, and has been a journalist since the age of 20 when she joined the staff of Harpers & Queen magazine. She then worked for a year as a diary reporter on The Times, before becoming a commissioning editor, and subsequently a senior interviewer, on the Sunday Telegraph. She became freelance in 2005 following the birth of her daughter. The idea for the Tumtum and Nutmeg books was sparked one evening when, while feeding her baby in the kitchen, she saw two tiny mice scuttling across the floor, then disappearing behind the skirting next to the cooker. She started to wonder what sort of life the mice led behind the skirting board, and slowly the plot for the first Tumtum and Nutmeg book came to life. She and her daughter live in Hammersmith, and still share their house with two (very helpful) mice.
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By Elizabeth age 8
It's the third in a series featuring the mice Tumtum and Nutmeg. It reads reasonably well as a stand-alone book. I was confused by Nutmeg's initial reference to the children but it turns out that these children are a human boy and girl that the mice keep an eye on, not mouselings! There are a few references back to previous adventures and the premise that the children think Nutmeg is a fairy they have never seen, who sometimes helps them out and writes letters to them. It IS an old-fashioned story (a bit Wind in the Willows meets Swallows and Amazons) but very enjoyable.
I have to say that when I gave it to my nephew as part of his birthday present, I pointed out to him that there's a mistake on page 49. Nutmeg asks the question "Another slither, anyone?" when offering more food and this, of course, should be "Another sliver, anyone?" Slither and sliver may sound alike to some, but they are completely different words. Sliver means a thin piece (apparently it's derived from the Old English verb sliven meaning to split or cleave) while slither describes the motion of snakes (apparently from the Old English verb slidrian meaning to slide). Perhaps this error could be corrected in future editions?
I would guess the series is aimed at children aged 6-8 and I will certainly keep an eye out for the first book.