Do you want to know more about the characters in Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue? Please send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are a few questions from our readers answered by the author, Molly Coxe.
Benjamin found a sturdy stick shaped like the letter “Y” and tied a rubber band between the two branches of the “Y”. He practices his aim by shooting at a target he drew in the shape of a cat.
Benjamin was born in the library of an old house where a human family also lived. His mother and father nibbled out a spacious apartment inside an unabridged dictionary before Benjamin was born. When Mr. Middlemouse disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Mrs. Middlemouse feared for the safety of her young son and moved into the cupboard in the bedroom of the youngest child in the family, a kind boy named Tom.
We don’t think so, but there’s no way to know for sure without asking. We promised the Middlemouse family not to reveal their whereabouts to any humans (or cats!)
Benjamin collects things that he thinks might be useful on adventures. He finds them in Tom’s bedroom and elsewhere in the house, where he is only allowed to go when Bumper is with him. He keeps his collection in a suitcase under Tom’s bed.
Bumper is not sure of his exact age because he was kidnapped when he was just a baby and spent many years as a performer in a traveling circus. When he left the circus, he had many other adventures before he came to live in Tom’s bedroom. How old do you think he might be?
Yes. The little boy, Tom, loves Bumper very much.
Asian. Bumper was born in India. His mother named him “Bheema” which means huge and gigantic in Hindi.
When Tom brought Bumper home, Bumper had a large bump on his head from a fall he took when an owl dropped him.
No. Augustus Mouserson Pouncelot was born in a grand castle, the only son of the Fifth Lord Pouncelot and his wife, Lady Pouncelot. When Sir Pouncelot was a young cat, his parents died. A pack of terriers laid siege to the castle, and young Pouncelot fled with a few possessions tied up in a dirty sheet. He set up housekeeping at the top of an abandoned tower, which is where we first meet him.
So far, Sir Pouncelot has kept his promise.
At last count, there were sixty-four mice living in the house, and sixteen moles living in burrows in the garden. They all take turns preparing meals for Sir Pouncelot. Many of the mice and moles enjoy trying out new recipes on Sir Pouncelot, who is a finicky eater.
He thinks it makes him look dangerous and dashing.
Yes. It is Marjoram. Mrs. Middlemouse was born in the pantry, and her name was Marjoram Pantrymouse until her marriage to Mr. Middlemouse.
Mr. Middlemouse was last seen entering the Dark Forest to search for mushrooms to put into a healing medicine. A field mouse found Mr. Middlemouse’s satchel, and next to it, the footprints of at least one ferret. Mrs. Middlemouse refuses to believe that ferrets ate Mr. Middlemouse. Her husband had keen ears and a sensitive nose. He would have fled long before he was in any real danger. What do you think might have happened to him?
Yes. Posie will be the heroine in an adventure that involves swamp rats, a leaky sardine can, and an epic sea battle. Her friends Benjamin and Bumper will be in the book, too.