THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN by Philippa Pearce

ALA Notable Children’s Book

 

Bet is an only child living with her grandparents. Her life with them in the countryside is quiet and uneventful, until she develops an extraordinary friendship – with a talking mole. Place under an enchantment, the mole has magically survived for over three centuries.

 

But now he wants Bet’s help to undo his spell.  In this charming novel we find a blend of mystery and humour, alongside Philippa Pearce’s characteristically vivid portrayal of children and animals.

 

“I am hoping that you will like this odd pair, and see – as I do – something touching and heroic in their eventful relationship.” – Philippa Pearce

 

“Perfectly unusual, perfectly lovely.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

 

“In the hands of a master storyteller, this deceptively simple tale of a girl and an ancient talking mole has echoes of Alice in Wonderland”

THE BOOKSELLER

 

“There are plenty of exciting and dangerous events in this humorous and moving novel… but the numerous, tiny perfect moments are what makes it magical.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

 

THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN by Philippa Pearce
On behalf of
Laura Cecil
Published in the UK by
Penguin
October 2004