Book reviews...from picture books to adult books, as well as books-to-movie info, and other stuff I think is interesting. Note: Not all books reviewed or recommended are appropriate for all ages.
APRIL 25, 2012
The Cheshire Cheese Cat
I just read a cleverly written chapter book: The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright.
Pip is an unusual mouse with an unusual talent: he can read, thanks to time spent with Nell, the daughter of the owners of the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese shop, where Pip and many, many mice live because of the cheese-making talents of the cook there.
Pip meets Skilley, a cat with an unusual appetite: he does not hunt or eat mice....he prefers cheese, so Pip convinces the mice to strike a bargain where Skilley pretends to serve as a mouse-catcher for the shop, so they won't get a REAL mouse-catching cat.
Throw in an injured raven from the famous "Tower of London" ravens who is hidden upstairs, an evil mice-hungry cat named Pinch, comic relief as the author Charles Dickens sits in the shop attempting to write his classic, Tale of Two Cities, AND great pencil sketches throughout the chapter book by Barry Moser, and you have a great story that would be fun for a family or teacher to read-aloud, or for kids to read on their own.