What the Dickens?! A Great Family Read Aloud
What does a clever cat, a literate mouse and Queen Victoria have in common? They are all characters in The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright. When the story opens, it is the worst of times for poor alley cat, Skilley. His luck soon changes when he discovers that Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of Victorian London's most popular inns, is looking for a mouser. Just when it appears that Pip and his fellow mice might have met their doom, Skilley surprises everyone with a secret of his own. That's just the beginning of a tale full of friendship, danger, the chance to save someone and help Mr. Dickens with his novel. The illustrations by Barry Moser are a welcome addition to a perfect family read aloud. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out--this book will prove that reading aloud as a family is certainly the best of times.
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Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Ch more...
Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern. Once established in the inn, Skilley strikes a bargain with Pip, the intelligent mouse-resident, and his fellow mice. Skilley protects the mice and the mice in turn give to Skilley the delectable Cheshire cheese of the inn. Thus begins a most unlikely alliance and friendship. The cat and mouse design a plan to restore Maldwyn wounded raven and faithful guard in the service of Queen Victoria to his rightful place in The Tower, but first they must contend with a tyrannical cook, a mouse-despising barmaid, and an evil tomcat named Pinch. Will the famous author suffering from serious writer s block who visits the Cheshire Cheese pub each day be able to help? less...
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