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Tumtum and Nutmeg Chapter Books

There’s a secret living inside a hidden broom cupboard in a ramshackle English cottage. Two secrets, actually—two remarkable mice! It’s not easy to take care of human children when you’re so small, but these tiny heroes give it their best in this charming series of chapter books.

Who Are Tumtum and Nutmeg?

Tumtum and Nutmeg Nutmouse may be mice, but they are mighty. Whenever a crisis befalls Rose Cottage or the surrounding countryside, Tumtum and Nutmeg Nutmouse are ready to jump into the fray, solve the problem, fight the enemy, or outwit the troublemakers. And they do it all while maintaining the gracious lifestyle befitting the owners of Nutmouse Hall, of course.

With a crazy cast of friends and allies like General Marchmouse and his long-suffering wife, there’s no adventure too big for these tiny valiant adventurers!

Take our free Tumtum and Nutmeg checklist to your local library!

About the Author and Series

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The Tumtum and Nutmeg series got its start when author Emily Bearn saw two mice scurrying around the kitchen of her home in Hammersmith, England. On the Tumtum and Nutmeg website, Bearn explains, “I started wondering what sort of lives they led there, and in my mind’s eye I pictured them living in a splendid house such as Nutmouse Hall.”

She also says that while she admires Tumtum for his level-headedness, “I suspect I’m more like Nutmeg, who is always in a dither.”

The series includes seven books, each chronicling a separate escapade of Mr. and Mrs. Nutmouse and their friends. The books range in length from 107 pages to 256 pages. They make entertaining read-alouds for the whole family and fun, easy chapter books for kids who love a little excitement.

About the Books

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The first book in the series, Tumtum and Nutmeg, begins when Nutmeg discovers how much the Mildew children need looking after. Together, she and Tumtum take on the challenge of fixing radiators, mending socks, and tending to whatever needs tending, until Arthur and Lucy think helpful fairies are visiting them. But the Nutmouses’ plan for helping the family may come to a screeching halt when the children’s evil, mouse-hating Aunt Ivy arrives. Will it take an entire army to drive away the aunt and make life at Rose Cottage livable again?

General Marchmouse is in need of some excitement in The Great Escape, the second book in the series. Things have been too quiet since he fought the glorious battle at Rose Cottage, and he’s itching for another thrilling test of courage and daring. But he never expected to find himself trapped in the school’s gerbil cage! With the teacher threatening to pack him and all the gerbils off to a pet store (or worse), the Nutmouses have to work fast to save him—if they can!

When Arthur and Lucy Mildew set out on a camping trip in The Pirates’ Treasure, Tumtum and Nutmeg go along just to keep an eye on things. But when General Marchmouse shows up and steals Arthur’s toy boat, the camping trip takes a sudden turn for the worse. Soon, the mice find themselves stranded on an island with a band of ferocious pirate rats! Will they ever get back home to Nutmouse Hall?

Because some books in the Tumtum and Nutmeg series are no longer in print, links to the Audible.com versions have been included in this post.

The Tumtum and Nutmeg Series at a Glance

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Author: Emily Bearn
Genre: children’s fiction
Interests: animals, adventures
Suggested age range: 8 to 12
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 7 books, 107 to 256 pages

Other Books in the Series

The Tumtum and Nutmeg Series Checklist

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Jenny Hartfelder

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This looks like a great series!!!

Looks like such a fun read! My son would love it!

Ashley

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I would love to have this curriculum for my students!

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Just printed off our library check list! Thank you!

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You’re welcome, Andrea! Enjoy!

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These look like so much fun, not only for my little granddaughters, but also me!

Robin E.

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I love that these books excite YOU, Loreen. One of my favorite quotes about books is by C.S. Lewis, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” 😊

Loreen G

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I honestly can’t wait to read them! I have them on my wish list 😊

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These look adorable

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Those look sooo cute. I am putting them on hold now for my little guy :)

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The illustrations are SO cute! Thanks for sharing.

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I cannot wait to read these with my kids!

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Thanks for the great presentation of these sweet little books. Can’t wait to pick one up for my girls!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Carrie! I hope your girls love it!

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Looks like great books!

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Looks like fun! I’ll need to check these out!

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Thanks for the recommendation.

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These books look so wonderful!

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Great book ideas!

Nicole Brown

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I am going to have to check these out and see if my daughter would like them. Thank you for the recommendation.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Nicole. Let us know if she likes them. It’s nice to know if our recommendations are enjoyed as much by kids as by us.

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This is one of many fantastic resources that I can use. Thank you so much!

Alison

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Always looking for more books for my son to read independently. I will check these out!

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We’d love to hear if your son likes them, Alison.

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This looks like a series that my kids would love!

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Thank you, they look really cute!

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we love this series!!

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TERESA BROWN

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We are reading The Adventures of Tum Tum and Nutmeg right now. My daughter Abby is 9 years old and she absolutely adores this two adventurous little mice. I have to admit, I have fallen in love with them also.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Teresa, for letting us know how much Abby and you are enjoying Tumtum and Nutmeg’s adventures! 😊

Jenette

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These are adorable! We are loving our level 1!

Julie

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These look charming!

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