The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Farghe

The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Farghe BLOG Friday 20th September 2019


The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Fargher (Author), Sam Usher (Illustrator)

Paperback:            288 pages

Age Range:           9 – 11 years

Publisher:              Macmillan Children’s Books

Published to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII,

Excellent for KS2 and WW2 topics.

I am a little late reviewing this book and featuring it, but I need to feature it because I just love it.

The book is set in London in 1944 and although it is about World War II it focuses on the animal world and how they dealt with the war. The key character being a young mouse named Pip.

The book beautifully and tragically tells a very exciting story which gets across the horrors of war in a very unique way.

The story telling is of the best and although fictional due to the animal content events and circumstances have been very well researched.

The book is certainly non put downable once you start to read it. The characters you engage with immediately.

One of the major pluses to this book ids that it is inspirational. It will encourage children to research World War II. They will want to understand what was going in real life that made the writer take the animals through this exciting adventure.

Already the book has deservedly won many prizes. In time I am sure it will become a classic. In my view it is up there with Goodnight, Mr Tom

I would love to see a sequel, because I love the characters so much. But I could also see room for a prequel too and that would be most entertaining.

Anna Fargher the author so deserves her success and must have a great writing career ahead of her.

From my viewpoint up to this point I have seen as the greatest inspiring way to write a novel was J K Rowling with a cup of tea/coffee in her local coffee shop. But now Anna Fargher writing The Umbrella Mouse on her phone’s notepad as she commuted joins the list.

It all goes to show as we know, if you are a writer the creative written word finds a way out.

In her Author’s Note at the end of the book, Anna Fargher talks about her grandfather’s role in World War II which is most interesting. She also talks about her inspiration for her key character, Pip the Mouse: “I stared out of the window and watched the raindrops race across the glass. They somehow reminded me of mice darting across the floor (something I knew well from my student days in London) … With such imaginative description for me to indulge in which appears throughout the book there is no wonder I and everyone else just love it.



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, winner of the 2019 Sainsbury’s Book Prize for Fiction and selected for Waterstones Book of the Month.

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 with 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.

‘An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel’ Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse.


‘A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope, where courage is found in the smallest of heroes’ Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk.


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Happiness is…not being able to put down The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Farghe


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