Sunday, August 3, 2014

Book Review: The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

My rating: 4.5/5

"He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms."

Skilley the cat finds a sweet new gig for himself at the Cheshire Cheese tavern, where the finest cheese in all of England is made... and where they have a real problem with mice. Unfortunately for the Cheese's employees and patrons (a cadre that includes Charles Dickens himself), Skilley secretly hates the taste of mice. In fact... he prefers cheese.  Through some unusual friendships and not-so-unusual rivalries, Skilley and others learn about themselves, learn how to get along, learn what's important, and save the day (and even meet the Queen) in this smartly written young adult novel.

If you enjoy adding to your vocabulary (or your kids' vocabularies) in an easy-to-read manner a la Lemony Snicket, you should check out this book. It's a quick and entertaining read, even for adults.  The occasional artwork is nice too, and this could be a great introduction to Dickensian stories for a younger audience.

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