The Umbrella Mouse

The Umbrella Mouse

A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, The Umbrella Mouse is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII.

1944, and London is under attack. Young mouse Pip Hanway's safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb. Orphaned and alone, she must begin a perilous quest to find a new home.

But the only way to get there is by joining Noah’s Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.

Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Anna Fargher's debut novel takes you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.

'An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel' Michael Morpurgo

'A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope, where courage is found in the smallest of heroes' Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk

Title:The Umbrella Mouse
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781529003970
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    The Umbrella Mouse Reviews

  • Kerri

    This book was beautiful and fascinating. Much more emotional than I had expected - I cried within the first thirty pages - I loved Pip, and my heart absolutely broke for her as her life was torn apart...

  • Gavin

    Firstly, thank you to Pan Macmillan for an ARC of this book. I had not heard anything about this before picking it up, and I'm glad I read it!The story follows Pip who is a small mouse who lives with ...

  • E.J. Bauer

    I was anxious to read this book as I had visited the umbrella shop in London where Pip's adventures began. I was impressed with the author's ability to weave the animals' brave WWII adventures with re...

  • Mary Rees

    The Umbrella Mouse is one of those truly special books, whose characters are so brilliantly realised that I was completely immersed, and invested, in their adventure which is of epic proportions: full...

  • Alex

    I NEED THE SEQUEL ASAP OH MY GOD....

  • Daisy

    This book may be closer to a 4.5, but I just couldn’t rate this book a four! It loses a 0.5 merely because once the first 50 pages or so had started the next 20 seemed a little bit too slow for me. ...

  • Carrie ReadingtoKnow

    I read this book aloud to my kids.On the one hand, I really, really liked this book. It's different and fun. It's informative and makes facts about World War II accessible to children. True stories fr...

  • Dreximgirl

    This was much more emotional than I went in expecting it to be, I was crying in the first few chapters. I think it's a great book to introduce children to the way war had an impact on everybody, and t...

  • Rhian

    Enjoyable, and not just because I have a soft spot for small, squeaky things.This book harks back to quite a traditional kind of children's writing. It has anthropomorphic animals, brutal loss and whi...

  • Sabrina

    I enjoyed the book but I think the setting of wartime put me off a bit. I really liked all the characters, one of my favourites was Dickin and I would have liked more of him. Despite being a children'...