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The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

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Publisher Comments:

Flora the pig was born for adventure: and#8220;If itand#8217;s unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. Iand#8217;m your pig,and#8221; she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, sheand#8217;s on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilaratingand#8212;and dangerousand#8212;adventure of her life. This poignant novel of a purposeful pig is sure to become a favorite with any young readers who have ever dreamed of exploring the great beyond.

Review:

"'He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms.' So opens Deedy (14 Cows for America) and Wright's (The Silver Penny) spry hybrid of historical fiction and animal story, set at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a real-life pub 'famed as a haunt for London writers.' The line refers to Skilley, the mouser at the tavern, where Charles Dickens is struggling to find a lead-in to his new novel. Snippets from Dickens's journal reveal his suspicions that something's askew between Skilley and the pub's substantial mice population. He's right: Skilley, who prefers eating cheese to mice, has agreed not to harm them if they bring him cheese from the storeroom. Pip, an intellectually minded mouse, teaches himself to write using his tail, a skill that comes in handy at multiple points during the novel. Moser's graphite illustrations are realistic and wonderfully emotive, especially in combination with the novel's fresh dialogue, typographical flights of fancy, and wordplay. Expertly realized characters and effervescent storytelling make this story of unlikely friendship, royal ravens, and 'the finest cheese in London' a delight. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In this fresh and funny middle-grade novel, Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife andand#160;lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.

About the Author

Chris Kurtz is a talented teacher, storyteller, and writer. In addition to The Adentures of a South Pole Pig, he wrote the middle-grade novelandnbsp;The Pup Who Cried Wolf and has co-written picture books with his sister Jane Kurtz. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781561455959
Author:
Deedy, Carmen Agra
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers
Author:
Kurtz, Chris
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Cats
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 0.68 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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Product details 288 pages Peachtree Publishers - English 9781561455959 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms.' So opens Deedy (14 Cows for America) and Wright's (The Silver Penny) spry hybrid of historical fiction and animal story, set at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a real-life pub 'famed as a haunt for London writers.' The line refers to Skilley, the mouser at the tavern, where Charles Dickens is struggling to find a lead-in to his new novel. Snippets from Dickens's journal reveal his suspicions that something's askew between Skilley and the pub's substantial mice population. He's right: Skilley, who prefers eating cheese to mice, has agreed not to harm them if they bring him cheese from the storeroom. Pip, an intellectually minded mouse, teaches himself to write using his tail, a skill that comes in handy at multiple points during the novel. Moser's graphite illustrations are realistic and wonderfully emotive, especially in combination with the novel's fresh dialogue, typographical flights of fancy, and wordplay. Expertly realized characters and effervescent storytelling make this story of unlikely friendship, royal ravens, and 'the finest cheese in London' a delight. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this fresh and funny middle-grade novel, Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife andand#160;lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.
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