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Chalk & Cheese

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
From the illustrator of Rise and Shine and Jesus Loves Me comes the tale of a limitless friendship between a New York City dog and an English country mouse.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Lauren Kramer
Sep 07, 2014 Lauren Kramer rated it really liked it
Chalk & Cheese by Tim Warnes is the charming tale of a very unlikely pair of friends. Chalk is a dog that lives in New York City and his best friend is a mouse named Cheese who lives in England. While they appear to have nothing in common, there is one thing that binds them together: their friendship.

Cheese has been sending postcards to Chalk asking all kinds of questions about New York. Does a skyscraper really scrape the sky? Where does Stuart Little live? Can tractors be spotted driving d
Nov 26, 2008 Zack rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Like the story, not sure how I feel about the layout.
Sep 19, 2008 Stacy268 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fun
Recommended to Stacy268 by: S&S
I was lucky enough to attend a book preview this morning at Simon and Schuster. Some wonderful books were discussed including Nikki Grimes' and Bryan Collier's Barack Obama Son of Promise, Child of Hope, My Dad, John McCain, by Meghan McCain, and Hillary Rodham Clinton Dreams taking Flight. Bryan Collier spoke passionately about his project, and showed us some amazing original art from the book. Other highlights were Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Must Love Black, by Kelly McClymer and A is f ...more
Leah Miller
Feb 08, 2016 Leah Miller rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
I thought this book was a cute book and had a good story. I am not a huge fan of comics though so it's not my favorite layout to read. I think at times they are hard to follow because you don't follow lines like in other books. Sometimes their thought bubbles and other side notes are hard to tell what order they are supposed to be in. I think the message of the book about friendship and people, or animals, being different though is a great lesson for kids to learn.
Feb 12, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
I thought the story was fun and would work well through the third grade. I am not sure about the layout of the book, sometimes it was difficult to follow. it does a good job of showing how two people or things may seem so different at first, but really can have a lot in common. I really enjoyed the beginning when Chalk and Cheese were mailing postcards back and forth.
Dec 31, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
My two year old is destined to read comics. He already reads from this book...and quotes it. Daddy reads it better than me because he can do voices!
Nov 04, 2014 Leigh rated it liked it
A sweet story of an unlikely friendship between a dog and a lively mouse. Not a bad book but honestly, nothing exceptional either.
Sassy School Counselor
This would be a cute book to compare to "Peanut Butter and Cupcake" and other books about accepting differences!
May 11, 2016 Kim rated it liked it
Best friends don't have to agree on everything.
Jul 25, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Sooo loved this book! I have been to New York so I understood some of what Cheese was going through! I giggled and laughed at some of what Cheese was saying and how Chalk responded so calm and cool. The pet cockroach was hilarious!

Loved the soft pictures with some graphic novel/comic elements and I know my Third Graders would love this! It is a good introduction to adding comics/graphic novels into the class.

I would use this for a compare/contrast lesson for the characters as well as for charact
Jan 19, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, picture-books
My son's favorite book of all-time (okay, so he's only 3). This is the charming story of two best friends who couldn't be more different, but love each other just the same. Cheese is an English country mouse from a small town and Chalk is lives in New York City. After a postcard correspondence (shown inside the cover page of the book), Cheese decides to come for a visit. They visit many NY landmarks and through their visits show how different and similar they are at the same time.
Mar 29, 2011 Libby rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Today's library choice for before-naptime reading, this is a cute story about an English country mouse (Cheese) who goes to visit his best friend, Chalk, a dog who lives in New York City. There is a narrative text, along with lots of comic-book like conversation in the pictures (and you need this for the story!), so it's a little unwieldy as a read-aloud. At the same time, the dialog is what N. loved and what made both of us giggle. Not a life-changer (for me), but a nice book.
Nov 17, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pre-k-second grade-not for storytime
Recommended to Jennifer by: new book
Shelves: favs
Chalk and Cheese are penpals. When Cheese comes to visit Chalk in New York, they go together like-you guessed it-Chalk and Cheese (apparently this is an Australian/English thing--meaning opposite). Cheese is hysterical in this funny, rolling in the aisle book--I especially like when he starts trying to make light saber noises (keep in mind, Cheese is a mouse). Very fun letter writing component as well (think Meerkat Mail, except, thankfully, without the flaps).
I had to stop and read this one today. A few kids had asked for this one while it was checked out. A good book about friendship. A dog living in New York City is friends with a mouse from England. The dog was showing the sights to the very excited mouse and they were having a grand adventure.
A great book to talk about how different friends get along. The two characters are not your ideal pair of friends and they end up getting along. They talk about how different they are between each other and how they get along with each other. It's a great book to share with the children.
Sherrie Hardin
This is so cute. If you need to teach appreciation of differences, this is a great book.
Jul 08, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
very charming trans-atlantic variation of city mouse/country mouse....
Dec 28, 2010 Aerin rated it it was amazing
A London mouse in New York City, laid out in a graphic-novel-like format.
Julianna Royer
Aug 03, 2011 Julianna Royer rated it really liked it
Too cute! I adored the illustrations. :)
Jun 04, 2011 Peacegal rated it it was ok
This is a very busy book. Too busy, actually.
Sep 13, 2012 Maika rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
Original title and good story.
Sep 16, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
Adorably wonderful.
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Children's author / illustrator Tim Warnes' first book was published in 1995; since then he's worked on more than 65 books, which have been translated into 18 different languages (9 of these he wrote). He also writes a twice weekly comic strip, Chalk & Cheese.

Awards include the Nottinghamshire Children's Book Award for I don't want to go to bed! which features the popular Little Tiger characte
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