Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for the 2nd book in the Umbrella Mouse duology, with my review of Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue. Onto the post!
About the Book:
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.
In this continuation of orphaned mouse Pip Hanway’s 1940s wartime adventure with the animal resistance group Noah’s Ark, we see her travel abroad to France try and help the Allied Forces defeat the Nazis and also get closer to her goal of reaching her extended family at the Umbrella Museum in Italy. Noah’s Ark is comprised of lots of wonderful animal characters with loveable personalities and so much strength (my particular favourite is Madame Fourçade), and it was really fun to meet their French counterparts in this one too. I also love the way that Sam Usher’s illustrations bring them to life, and I think the villains in here are a perfect mix of scary and suitable for the intended age range. I like that this takes place much later in World War Two than most books set in this era as it’s interesting to learn about the very end of the war, and the action in this is pretty much non-stop, and I was incredibly worried about the characters. There were definitely a few moments that made me cry as well! That said, I thought the epilogue was gorgeous and it made me really happy after having been on such an emotional rollercoaster so I really loved that; I don’t want to give any spoilers but I liked the way things turned out for Pip a lot!
Are you planning to read this? Which animal–centric books would you recommend? I’d love to hear in the comments!