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The Train Mouse

Written by Uwe Timm

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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LoveReading View on The Train Mouse

Thoroughly charming, this is a great little book and perfect for shared or solo reading

Translated by Rachel Ward

The world needs a smart, resilient, lucky little hero right now, and Nibbles the mouse fits the bill perfectly. At the opening of the story, Nibbles is living quietly but happily with his family in Munich but redevelopment means they have to move somewhere a lot less comfortable and when Nibbles gets the chance to hop on a train to Switzerland (aka mouse heaven) he takes it. All sorts of adventures follow – he even finds himself performing in a circus – and his travels take him to France and England too before he makes his way home to his family.  Nibbles is a great storyteller and his adventures are both comic and thrilling, while he meets some wonderful characters on the way.  The telling is enlivened further by Axel Scheffler’s colour illustrations which are a perfect match for Nibbles’ plain but heartfelt narrative. Thoroughly charming, this is a great little book and perfect for shared or solo reading.

Andrea Reece

The Train Mouse Synopsis

When Nibbles, an inquisitive young mouse, scampers onto a waiting train at the local station, little does he know he is about to be swept along on a cross-country adventure. Nibbles travels across his homeland of Germany, picks up a new friend in Switzerland, samples the delights of French cuisine in Paris and finally ends up as the star performer in a circus in England! But then Nibbles begins to feel homesick. How will one little mouse find his way home again? Translated by Rachel Ward.

The Train Mouse Press Reviews

How storyteller Uwe Timm can put himself in the minds of mice borders on the miraculous - World on Sunday

An adventurous journey with an unpredictable ending . . . Mousomental! - Hits for Kids

A pleasurable story with stunning illustrations, perfect for reading aloud - KEG

A great independent reading book - The School Librarian

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781839130106
Publication date: 06/05/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783449583
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130106
Publication date: 6th May 2021
Author: Uwe Timm
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Animals

About Uwe Timm

Uwe Timm was born in 1940 in Hamburg and got his love of storytelling from his sailor grandfather. Uwe studied in Munich and Paris and became a leading member of the 1968 student protests. He started publishing in the early 1970s and became known to a wider audience in Germany after one of his children's books, Rudi the Racing Pig, was turned into a movie. Uwe Timm has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Grand Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Literature Prize of the City of Munich. He lives in Munich and Berlin.

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