Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
Skilley really wants to live in the comfort of an old, venerable London public house that serves cheese. He has this secret, you see...
Peachtree Publishers will be offering this book on the first of October. Net Galley and Peachtree offered me the book for review (thank you). The illustrations are done by Barry Moser and they add to the charm of the story.
I have to admit I love books about animals. They just fascinate more than many tales because the author imbibes enough of the animal's characteristics to make it seem like a real story.
Skilley doesn't like eating mice, but he's not adverse about eating cheese. So he strikes a deal with Pip. The mice provide him cheese for his meals and he protects them from the other cat that gets added to menagerie.
Add into this mix Charles Dickens; he sits and writes in the pub while having a meal and a brew. He sees the mice and protects them in his own way, so he and Skilley are buddies.
Somehow, even the British Monarchy comes into this tale, but you'll have to read the book to see how that works in. All in all, it's rollicking good tale that will keep your young adult reading. I liked it well enough, I'm adding my copy of it to my library, so you'll need to put it on your TBR list and pick it up at your local bookstore.