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The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
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Apr 29, 12

bookshelves: jf-historical-fiction, animal-fantasy
Read in April, 2012

The setting is Charles Dicken's 19th century London. Skilley is the mouser for Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn, but he has an embarrassing secret. Not only does he not eat mice, but he LOVES cheese. Skilley comes to an agreement to protect the mice in exchange for the inn's delicious cheese, but there are a few obstacles to overcome before all is settled.

Charles Dickens and his writing play a big role in the story as well as other personages of the time, including Queen Victoria. (Personally, as a mystery fan, I was thrilled to see Willie Collins make an appearance.)
A combination of A Tale of Desperaux and Ben and Me, this is a delightful animal fantasy that is filled with literary allusions and wordplay.

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