"It's as hard as the hams at the cheesemonger's."

Tom Thumb
Type Mouse
Gender Female
Age Adult
Family Tom Thumb (husband)
Friends Unknown
Rivals Lucinda
Little Girl
Occupation Unknown
Residence Mousehole
Interests Unknown

Hunca Munca is introduced in The Tale of Two Bad Mice.


Hunca Munca is a mouse who lives in the Mousehole with her husband, Tom Thumb, and their children. She can be intrusive but has a good heart. She makes sure she provides for her family.


Hunca Munca sticks her head out of the Mousehole after Tom Thumb does. When she sees that there is no one in the nursery, she walks out. Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb walk cautiously to the dollhouse and push the front door open. They walk upstairs, peek into the dining room and squeak with joy. A lovely dinner is laid out upon the table, complete with tin spoons, lead knives and forks, and two chairs. Tom Thumb goes to carve the ham right away but the knife crumples up and hurts him; he quickly put his finger in his mouth. He figures that the ham isn't boiled enough and asks Hunca Munca to give it a try. She stands up in her chair and chops at the ham with another lead knife. The ham breaks off the plate and rolls under the table. Tom tells her to leave the ham alone and pass him some fish. Hunca Munca tries every tin spoon on the fish but it is glued to the dish. Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca are so upset and disappointed that they break up the pudding, the lobsters, the pears, and the oranges. The fish wouldn't come off the plate so they put it into the red hot crinkly paper fire in the kitchen but it wouldn't burn either. Hunca has another disappointment when she finds some tiny canisters on the dresser, labelled Rice—Coffee—Sago but when she turns them upside down, there is nothing inside except red and blue beads. Then the mice start to do all the mischief they can. While Hunca Munca pulls half the feathers out of Lucinda's pillow, she remembers that she herself wants a feather bed so, with Tom Thumb's help, she carries the pillow downstairs, across the floor, and into their Mousehole. Then Hunca goes back and fetches a chair, a bookcase, a birdcage, and several small odds and ends but the bookcase and the birdcage refused don't fit throughout the Mousehole so Hunca leaves them behind the coal box and goes back to fetch a cradle. Hunca is returning with another chair, when suddenly she hears voices outside. The mice rush back to their Mousehole and the dolls come into the nursery. In the end, the two bad mice are not so naughty after all. Very early every morning, before anybody is awake, Hunca Munca comes out with her dustpan and her broom to sweep the dolls' house.