Inspired by the true stories of animals in the Second World War, The Umbrella Mouse follows furry hero Pip, as she undertakes a perilous journey across Europe in search of her family, aided by a courageous band of resistance fighters, known as Noah’s Ark. A daring, heart-stopping story of courage and comradeship in conflict, that is stunningly brought to life with illustrations by Storm’s Sam Usher.
Our Children's Book of the Month for June 2019
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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 23 mm
'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
'Brims with courage, friendship and adventure.' - Bookseller
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