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The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
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Nov 09, 11

bookshelves: animals, humor, victorian-england, juv
Recommended for: Lisa, Kezia
Read in November, 2011

A fun and inventive animal fantasy set in Victorian England about a stray cat named Skilley who doesn't have a taste for mouse--he loves cheese. Therefore, when he manages to become the mouser at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, he is pleased to find a sweet deal: he'll only pretend to catch the mice, and they will supply him with morsels of the best cheese in England. But Pinch, a nasty alley cat who has it in for Skilley, worms his way into the maid's good graces and becomes another mouser for the inn. He DOES like mouse, and his mean disposition causes terror. And another critter is hidden away in the attic, injured by Pinch in a fight in the alley, and taken in for safekeeping until he heals. Alongside the well-drawn animal characters stroll such literary giants as Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Thackeray, who dine at the inn and write drafts of their great works. An intelligent, light, middle grade novel with a satisfactorily exciting denouement.
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