The Umbrella Mouse

The Umbrella Mouse

Paperback Published on: 02/05/2019
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The Umbrella Mouse
A Little Mouse Can Make a Big Difference
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 f... READ MORE
Gavin Hetherington
The Umbrella Mouse
A wonderful animal story set in WW2 - destined to be a classic - full of adventure, friendship and bravery
It’s 1944 and Pip Hanway’s life is changed forever when her home - an umbrella shop in London - is destroyed by a bomb. Frightened and alone, Pip, who is ... READ MORE
Holly at Exeter Roman Gate
The Umbrella Mouse
I cried
This is a wonderful story about an orphaned mouse set during the Second World War. Pip is courageous, kind and so daring that my heart was literally in my... READ MORE
The Umbrella Mouse
Yet another gem found in children's fiction
Another great children's book tackling the importance of courage, loyalty and kindness as well as being a stark reminder of what people went through and th... READ MORE
Sam at West Bridgford
The Umbrella Mouse
History from an Unusual Perspective!
A cleverly sweet and exciting tale - we follow a young mouse called Pip as she tries to navigate her way across Europe, following the loss of her family an... READ MORE
Rachel Meier at Canterbury
The Umbrella Mouse
Delightful with a dash of danger
This adventure follows the Umbrella Mouse - Pip - as she makes her way to find her family on the other side of war-torn Europe. This novel delicately balan... READ MORE
Roz Stimpson
The Umbrella Mouse
Spies, secrets, adventure and animals
Other authors, notably Michael Morpurgo and Megan Rix but others too, have told many stories of the horses, dogs, pigeons etc that played a really vital ro... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
The Umbrella Mouse
Fascinating & exciting
I find the Resistance fighters in WWII fascinating and have read plenty of related adult fiction, but I've never come across a children's book that deals w... READ MORE
Sarah E
The Umbrella Mouse
A different approach to a World War II story
The Umbrella Mouse of the title is Pip Hanway who is orphaned when a German bombing raid destroys the umbrella shop she and her parents lived in alongside ... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
The Umbrella Mouse
The littlest hero can make the biggest difference.
Pip is an unlikely hero but this small mouse has a bucketful of courage when it comes to finding her long-lost family and helping Britain in it’s hour of n... READ MORE
The Umbrella Mouse
A Very Brave Mouse
When Pip’s home is destroyed by a bomb she knows she has to join the rest of the family in Italy. But this is not as easy as it sounds; Pip is a small mous... READ MORE
Jane Mac


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
  • ISBN: 9781529003970
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 254g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 22 mm

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The Umbrella Mouse
Wonderful animal adventure set in WW2
Follow a courageous, fierce and loyal mouse as her adventures change; from night-time exploring round a comfy home while her parents sleep, to battling wit... READ MORE
Ella Hughes
The Umbrella Mouse
Disney Movies need to read this!
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. I absolutely loved it, I really hope that one day this is a brilliant Disney Movie! Delightful in everywa... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Umbrella Mouse
A Brilliant Story and a Mouse with Attitude.
Inspired by real-life animals, this is a stunning WWII story from the POV of a mouse with some serious spunk and attitude. Loved the story. Loved the chara... READ MORE
Megan Smith
The Umbrella Mouse
A gripping wartime animal adventure
We loved this book in our house! It's one of those rare books that can utterly delight child readers of all ages...and adult readers too. We read it aloud ... READ MORE
Sophie Kirtley
The Umbrella Mouse
World War 2 historical fiction with animals
This is a fantastic book that works well on many levels. Firstly, it's a simply great adventure story, following the difficulties faced by the main charac... READ MORE
Caitlyn Gilbert
The Umbrella Mouse
A captivating tale!
A captivating tale of bravery, friendship and heart stopping adventure set during WW2. Can't wait to read the sequel!
Charlotte Smart
The Umbrella Mouse
A thrilling adventure of friendship and courage set in WWII
This afternoon, my class of Year 5s started their new topic on World War II, focusing specifically on the Battle of Britain. Ahead of this, I started readi... READ MORE
Jacqui  Sydney
The Umbrella Mouse
Highly Recommend
The Umbrella Mouse is an exciting espionage thriller set towards the end of the Second World War. It is a story about a young mouse who is orphaned and lef... READ MORE
The Umbrella Mouse
The Umbrella Mouse Is A New Children's Classic
In The Umbrella Mouse Anna Fargher blends friendship and bravery, tragedy and loss, desperate causes and daring escapes into a wonderful adventure. The sto... READ MORE
Beth Brauchli