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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,066 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright Narrator: Katherine Kellgren, Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9780449010273
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In this playful homage to Charles Dickens, unlikely allies learn the lessons of a great friendship.

Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his street-cat life. Tired of dodging fishwives' brooms and carriage wheels, he hopes to trade London's damp alleyways for the warmth of ye olde Cheshire Cheese Inn. He strikes a bargain with Pip, an erudite mouse: Skilley will protect the mice who live at the inn, and in turn, the mice will provide Skilley with the thing he desires most.

But when Skilley and Pip are drawn into a crisis of monumental proportions involving a tyrannical cook, an unethical barmaid, and a malevolent tomcat, their new friendship is pushed to its limits. The escalating crisis threatens the peace not only of the Cheshire Cheese Inn but also the British Monarchy!

Unbeknownst to Skilley and Pip, however, they have a secret ally: a famous author who scribbles away many an afternoon in ye olde Cheshire Cheese Inn...

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Children's Titles for Ages 8-12
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Awards, 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/15/2014

    " love this book! Such strong, descriptive words. Charles Dickens makes many appearances and save the day! "It was the best of times..." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Njtee | 2/8/2014

    " Loved the friendship between Skilley and Pip--not to mention all the Dickensian references! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ms. Jackson | 1/24/2014

    " Sweet story - reminds me of Poppy by Avi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janssen | 1/23/2014

    " I liked it, but I didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewell | 1/7/2014

    " clever and rather tongue in cheek. would recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/7/2014

    " Though a little gruesome at times for my 8-year-old daughter, this really is a charming and rather creative story. It had us alternately giggling or tense, and the pictures were absolutely delightful. Inserting my favorite classical writer (Wilkie Collins) and other historical characters into the story only added to the fun. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 12/29/2013

    " an alley cat named Skilley finds the home of his dreams in a cheese factory and pub in Dickens's London. He befriends the mice instead of eating them and discovers many mysteries surrounding his new abode. Gentle humor, word play and delightful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnieM | 12/27/2013

    " Charles Dickens and Cheese, what's not to love? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie K | 12/27/2013

    " This book was really well written and fun for the whole family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlou Lunsford | 12/23/2013

    " Nice. A cat, Skilley, finds the perfect job at an Inn. He pretends to catch mice, the mice feed him cheese. His life becomes more complicated when his nemesis arrives, he finds a mysterious guest in the attic is tied to the future of England and Queen Victoria must be alerted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelie | 12/18/2013

    " Loved this book! Had great hopes as a Newbery hopeful... too bad. Skilley and Pip are true friends! I love them together. Tom and Jerry of a different nature :0) Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy McRae | 12/11/2013

    " A fun story, aimed at the middle-grade-reading-level audience. Charles Dickens is actually a character in the story, as are a few other famous authors from the Victorian era. Fans of books like Kate DiCamillo's Tale of Despereaux will get a kick out of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori I | 12/9/2013

    " Really good because it is about a cat and a mouse getting along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Kuzma | 11/26/2013

    " I listened to the audio version of this book. I really liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 11/20/2013

    " The Cheshire Cheese Cat had delightful narration, but the story didn't interest me. I stopped listening to the audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 11/16/2013

    " A clever, fun and utterly delightful tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/9/2013

    " 4.5 really, it was a quick read, quite humorous, I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee Owen | 10/18/2013

    " He was the best of toms, he was the worst of toms... Oh, I had such great expectations for this book and was not disappointed. Clever plays on the works of Charles Dickens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 10/9/2013

    " Cute, but too young for Garden State Teen Book Awards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mcdanielm | 9/15/2013

    " I wonder if this might be paired with Ravenmaster's Secret. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/24/2012

    " This is where my review would go. 1 to 10 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra Harwell | 7/3/2012

    " I finally gave in and abandoned this book. I have been reading it for almost six weeks now and have no desire to pick it up. I think 3rd and 4th may enjoy the story, but I just can't stay interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 4/8/2012

    " A cute story about a cat and a mouse who become friends. I liked the numerous references to Dicken's books, the Tower Ravens, and a sudden appearance of Queen Victoria. Reminds me of a lighter, happier Tale of Despereaux. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/26/2012

    " Very cute book! Loved the characters and the witty references to A Tale of Two Cities that obviously kids wouldn't pick up on, but adults do! Will be adding this book to my list of good read alouds for my 4th and 5th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 3/23/2012

    " very witty - well written! "

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About the Narrators

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), actor and narrator, was raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His audiobook narrations earned ten Earphones Awards. His acting credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.