Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

By Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright, and illustrated by Barry Moser, 228 pages.

This is the story of Charles Dickens' favorite inn, and the cat and mice that live there. Skilley, a street-smart alley cat, has a plan to begin a life of comfort as the mouser of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, home to the best cheese in London and as a result, a multitude of mice. Skilley makes his entrance and immediately puts on a good show by catching a mouse. What the humans don't know is that it is all show and Skilley lets the mouse go immediately informing him that he has no taste for mice, but he does have an unnatural affinity for cheese. A partnership is struck which leads to an unlikely friendship. A fun story for anyone who enjoys animal tales.

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