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The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale…

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

by Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright

Other authors: Barry Moser (Illustrator)

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  AlecA1994 | Aug 10, 2017 |
“He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms.” So begins this “Dickens of a Tale” that not only draws inspiration from Charles Dickens’ works, but also features him as a character in the book. The main storyline, however, revolves around Skilley, the cheese loving, street-smart cat who weasels his way into the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese inn, and Pip, one among the thousands of mice who already live there. Pip is an unusually talented mouse, and Skilley’s secret desire for cheese makes him no ordinary cat. After a mutually beneficial alliance is arranged, Skilley and Pip become friends and all goes well until the appearance of Pinch, a malicious alley cat eager to turn the inn’s mice into cat food. Throw in a mysterious presence in the attic, Mr. Dickens’ notes, and a bold plan to save the British Empire. Add Barry Moser’s incredibly expressive illustrations and the literary allusions to Charles Dickens’ works, most of which will go right over the heads of young readers who probably haven’t read any Dickens yet. No matter, The Cheshire Cheese Cat serves up a fun introduction. This is a great read with a lot of heart and an impressive vocabulary to boot (accompanied by a glossary). Highly recommended for everyone! ( )
  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
Skilley is a bright cat but not an ambitious one. Hoping for a life of ease at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, his plans are thwarted when a clever little mouse discovers two secrets about Skilley. Can a mouse and a cat work together for the good of them both? Maybe, but then something happens that neither had foreseen: a new arrival at the inn. Katherine Kellgren's delightful performance in narrating this audio book just adds to its pleasure. A great book for the younger set, but adults will enjoy it, too. ( )
  Maydacat | Jul 29, 2015 |
What a fascinating tale the authors of this delighful book weave! Skilley, a cat, forms a friendship with Pip, a mouse at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese inn. Skilley promises not to eat the mice if they bring him some of the inn's wonderful cheese. He also learns of Maldwyn, a raven from the Tower of London, being held in the inn's garret. Their safety is threatened when the kitchen maid brings in Skilley's arch-nemesis Pinch, a ginger cat, to try to control the mouse population. The inn frequently houses Charles Dickens and other authors. The book is interspersed with pages from Dickens' notebook. The authors often use creative font arrangements to make a point. This book is certain to entertain upper elementary readers, even if they don't know Dickens. Barry Moser's illustrations are also well done. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jul 14, 2015 |
This audiobook was a wonderful surprise. It is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but a very inventive, creative story about a cat who becomes a friend to a mouse named Pip. Both live in The Cheshire Cheese, an inn Dickens frequented. The story is interspersed with thoughts and notes of Dickens.
from the notebook of C. Dickens:
Those were dire days, indeed
The times were cruel

It was the worst of all the days the world has seen -

"Oh, why can't I write an opening for my new novel that stands out from all the rest?"

There were lots of clever references to Dickens' characters. Although intended for juvenile readers, the writing is enough to keep a grown-up charmed, and in fact may be a challenge for most young readers. Full of surprises, history, and fabulously entertaining!

Randall Wright's narration earned a good portion of the five stars I've awarded. I had a "look inside" the book at Amazon and it would be a toss up between Randall Wright's narration and Barry Moser's drawings. I might have to have both. ( )
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To my luminous granddaughter, Ruby Rabbit -C.D.
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Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern.
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A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

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