Skilley isn’t your ordinary cat; Skilley loves cheese not mice. So he becomes the mouser at Cheshire Cheese shop and forms and alliance with the mice. The mice provide him with cheese and he pretends to catch them. Cheshire Cheese is full of interesting characters; Charles Dickens is a regular who is trying to write a new story and can’t figure out an opening line, Maldwyn a Tower Raven is hiding in the attic and a Skilley’s nemesis, Pinch, worms his way into the shop. Skilley and Pip, the mouse who can read and write, must find a way to return Maldwyn to the Tower and save the mice from Pinch. Everything comes to a head when Queen Victoria herself comes to the shop.
This was a delightful story. I loved all the Dickens references (even if I haven’t read Dickens in years) and I loved the relationship between Skilley and Pip. All the characters were really well written and interesting. Great book for kids who like animal characters or just a bit of historical fun.