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Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue

Written by Anna Fargher

Illustrated by Sam Usher

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Animal Stories Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue

Small but indomitable hero of the resistance returns for a new adventure

The Umbrella Mouse was one of the stand-out debuts of 2019 and scooped the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. Now Pip, the Umbrella Mouse, hero of the secret animal resistance is back in a new wartime adventure. Her aim is still to reach Italy and the umbrella museum in Gignese where her family are from. But the war is not over, and she is still a fierce defender of liberty, willing to do anything she can for her friends and allies in the fight against Hitler. Courage and that love for her friends sees her through but her adventures have moments of tension and danger aplenty, certainly enough to keep readers absorbed, while the idea of these extraordinary things happening to the smallest of creatures will enthral and inspire them. Sam Usher’s evocative black and white line drawings add to the atmosphere and deep sense of camaraderie.

Andrea Reece

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue Synopsis

A breathtaking story of bravery, friendship and fighting for what you believe in, Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Anna Fargher's bestselling and award-winning The Umbrella Mouse, based on the true stories of the heroic animals caught in the conflict of WWII.

Young mouse Pip Hanway is in France as she continues fighting for the French Resistance group Noah's Ark: a secret gang of animals operating beneath the feet of human soldiers, whose aim is to liberate France and secure the victory of the Allies. Determined to reach her ancestral home of the Umbrella Museum in Italy, Pip hopes she can find long-lost family and a home. But as Pip makes the perilous journey through occupied territory, she soon realizes that danger comes from all sides and that the enemy is all around, and she does everything she can to fight for her friends.

Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Pip will take you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

What a lovely story. Two popular children's genres, war and animals, a perfect combination for a book. Full review

Rosie Watch (Teacher Reviewer)

I really enjoyed Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue - I would recommend this story to anyone interested in animals or war adventure stories, as this book combines the two for a brilliant read. Full review

Toby Nicholson (Age 11)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529003994
Publication date: 23rd July 2020
Author: Anna Fargher
Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Animal Stories, Historical Fiction

About Anna Fargher

Anna Fargher was raised in a creative hub on the Suffolk coast by an artist and a ballet teacher. She read English Literature at Goldsmiths before working in the British art world and opening her own gallery. The Umbrella Mouse is her first book, which she wrote on her iPhone notepad during her daily commute on the London Underground. She splits her time between London and Suffolk where she is often found exploring the coastline and marshlands under the huge East Anglian skies.

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