The Amazing Adventures of Freddie WhitemouseAges 6-8
From the much-loved author of the Cazalet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's first children's book, The Amazing Adventures of Freddie Whitemouse, following the magical journey of a mouse who wishes to be anything but himself.
The trouble was that Freddie really did not like being a mouse. 'It's just a phase,' his mother said, but it wasn't . . .
Little Freddie Whitemouse, of No.16, Skirting Board West, simply hates being a mouse. Mice are terribly small, frightened of everything, and aren't allowed to have any fun at all. Instead, he longs to be a fierce tiger, king of the jungle floor; or someone's treasured dog, able to run and play all day.
So when a sorcerer toad hears Freddie's pleas and offers his assistance, there is really little else Freddie could ask for.
So as not to make any rash decisions, Freddie agrees to spend a week as each animal. But what will he discover on his amazing adventure? And will he ever want to be just a plain old mouse again?
Emotionally powerful as well as entertaining . . . This elegant edition, embellished with stylish chapter heads, tells the story of discontented Freddie Whitemouse, who lives in a skirting board with his large family and wants to be anything but a mouse
Sunday Times - Children’s Book of the Week
The writing is beautiful throughout, displaying a pleasing gentility and building to a genuinely heart-warming conclusion