Kirkus Names Best Children’s Books of 2011

Editor Vicky Smith has put together an incredible list of children’s books that have released this past year. As I am sure you have guessed, The Cheshire Cheese Cat is among them. Thanks, Vicky and Kirkus!

To view the whole list, hop over to the Kirkus website here.


Good as Gold

The expression “as good as gold” was used in 1843 to describe Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and is an expression we still use to this day. It is a phrase with many definitions, but is often used to describe something as being genuine and of a high standard.

So it is fitting that a book about a tiny mouse, a cat with a secret and Charles Dickens has garnered a Parent’s Choice Gold Award in Historical Fiction. Huzzah!


The Cheshire Cheese Cat in The New York Times!

Those of you that regularly read the Sunday Book Reviews section in The New York Times my have already caught a glimpse of this review. It is an honor to be reviewed alongside such a beloved and prolific writer as Richard Peck and we are thrilled that Elisabeth Egan found The Cheshire Cheese Cat so “bewitching.” You can read it in its entirety here.


In the Company of Some Incredible Mice

Jonathan Hunt, who writes the Mock Newbery Blog, Heavy Medal, on the School Library Journal website put together a two part series of book reviews. The first, Of Mice…, features books full of glorious mice, while his second post, …and Men, looks at books all about interesting and famous men. The Cheshire Cheese Cat has found its way onto the list of exceptional mice (although there is an interesting sounding book on Charles Dickens in the …and Men post!). Be sure to check out the post to read about The Cheshire Cheese Cat as well as such wonderful titles as Bless this Mouse (Louis Lowry) and Young Fredle (Cynthia Voigt).


James Preller’s Blog? Why Yes, Please.

Carmen had the opportunity to do a FABULOUS interview with the marvelous and erudite, James Preller. They discuss all things Cheshire Cheese Cat and more! It’s a great way to learn more about how the book came to be, as well as get a sneak peek at Barry Moser’s artwork for the book. You can read the full interview here.