Friday, October 18, 2013

The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy

The Cheshire Cheese Cat is a fiction novel about a cat named Skilley. Skilley has always wanted to get into an inn named Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn. This place is a feeding area for cats because where there is cheese, there are many mice. One of the cats is an enemy towards Skilley, named Pinch. Skilley hopes not to run into him ever again. Skilley makes his way into the Inn past what he has hated all of his life, doors. He catches a mouse immediately, and residents of the Inn have crowned Skilley as “the mouser”. Ironically, Skilley is not here for mice. He is here for cheese. He releases the mouse and develops a friendship with him. His name is Pip. He is the leader of the mouse colony in the Inn. Skilley reveals his secret love of cheese and the two animals make a deal. Skilley will protect the mice while the mice provide him with cheese. Other creatures also exist in the Inn as well. A raven named Maldwyn is hidden behind the walls of the Inn and he has a miraculous story of his own. He was royalty, and lived in a tower as a guard of Queen Victoria. He was captured and abandoned, and made his way to The Cheese with a broken wing. Skilley and Pip come up with a plan to return Maldwyn to his rightful place in the tower. They sent a letter to the people at the tower, hoping they will come to the Inn and rescue Maldwyn. Pinch, now at The Cheese discovers their plan and Skilley’s secret, and stirs up fights with all three animals. In my opinion, this was a very good book. It kept me interested through every page because the story war fast moving, entertaining, and unique. I would recommend this book to a person who enjoys excitement, fictional stories, and anthropomorphism.

~A.J., Teen Book Reviewer

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