The Cheshire Cheese Cat is a delightful story written by Carmen Deedy and Randall Wright with beautiful illustrations by our favorite Barry Moser. Set in a London inn during the time of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria, this story begins with the introduction of Skilley, the main character and resident mouser at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn. Skilley must make a pact with Pip the mouse to keep his guarded secret–Skilley does not eat mice. He eats cheese. There are multiple scenes of drama taking place in The Cheese, not the least of which Charles Dickens and his writer’s block. This tale contains so much fun and excitement, and the awesome illustrations of Barry Moser perfectly gel with this historical tale of mischief and friendship.
Barry Moser is a well known illustrator and even better known by those of us who work at Lemuria. A few of my favorite books that he has illustrated are The Blessing of the Beasts by Ethel Pochocki, Ring of Tricksters by Virginia Hamilton, Hogwood Steps Out by Howard Mansfield, and Hummingbird Nest by Kristina O’Connell George.
All this to say, we think Barry is the best. And to top it all off, Barry will be here in the store on Saturday, December 10th at 11:00. Barry’s books, The Cheshire Cheese Cat and Franklin and Winston: A Christmas that Changed the World, are also our Oz First Edition’s Club Picks for December!