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Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue

Anna Fargher
Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN: 9781529003994

Pip Hanway's adventures continue in the sequel to The Umbrella Mouse: Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue. World War Two rages on as Pip - myth, flame of hope, heart of the Resistance - and the rest of her Noah's Ark friends recover from the battle at the Nacht und Nebel camp. They make new friends as they journey through occupied France and clash with new, and old, enemies along the way. Will Pip survive long enough to find family and her ancestral home - the Museo Dell'Ombrello in Northern Italy - at last?

The delightful illustrations by Sam Usher throughout Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue add a real charm to the novel and lift what can sometimes be a dark tale. Inspired by real events and people caught in the conflict of World War Two, an author's note at the back of the book highlights some of the factual information used to build Pip's world.

This historical novel would be an excellent jumping off point for teachers and pupils studying the Second World War or perhaps as a comparison text alongside the works of Michael Morpurgo in English lessons or as an author study. It should be noted that some content may not be suitable for more sensitive readers due to the graphic nature of some of the wartime themes and is therefore most suitable for those aged 9 and above.

265 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Rhiannon Cook, school librarian


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