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The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it
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Read from February 03 to 08, 2012

Such a fun book for the Dickens' fan! I love that Dickens had "great expectations" for his latest novel (A Tale of Two Cities) - it is complete except that he is searching for an opening line (It was the best of times. It was the worst of times...)! The Cheshire Cheese Cat starts with "He was the best of Toms..."! Skilley is a street cat that doesn't like to eat mice but does like cheese so living at the Cheshire Cheese is perfect. He strikes an alliance with the hundreds of mice who live there, including Pip, a literate mouse (he can read and write). There is also a Queen's raven in the attic with a damaged wing. The whole book is a funny mix of anthropomorphic cute and Dickensian tones. Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator - she is so lively and versatile. Robin Sachs has a small part reading Dickens's diary (he alone notices that Skilley seems to be catching the same mouse over and over).

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