Chalk and Cheese

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From the illustrator of Rise and Shine and Jesus Loves Me comes the tale of a limitless friendship between a New York City dog and an English country mouse.

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Overview

From the illustrator of Rise and Shine and Jesus Loves Me comes the tale of a limitless friendship between a New York City dog and an English country mouse.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
In this hip contemporary version of the country mouse and city mouse, Chalk is a New York City dog while Cheese is a English country mouse who crosses the pond to try out the wonders of the Big Apple. While they seem to have different taste about favorite foods and the pace of life, they do agree on some things, including their friendship. Warnes's illustrations are done very much in the style of a graphic novel, with the narrative filled out with speech balloons. That is just one feature that makes this a little too sophisticated for a kindergarten read-aloud; however, third graders who are doing a unit on different versions of folktales and fables might find it an especially fun option to compare with Aesop. One cultural note: many Americans may not be familiar with the English expression "They go together like chalk and cheese"—that is, they are not at all alike. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Many of the most endearing friendships in children's literature, from Pooh and Piglet to Laura Seeger's Dog and Bear (Roaring Brook, 2007), turn on the formulaic but charming incongruity of the main characters' personalities; so it is here. An obscure British idiom, defined as two things that have nothing in common, serves as both title and premise for this "odd couple's" day in New York City. Cheese, the garrulous, hyperbolic English country mouse, and Chalk the dog, who is his long-suffering New York tour guide, are introduced through their postcard correspondence that cleverly depicts their dissimilarities. Cheese, the excitable tourist, tries every Big Apple experience while Chalk is his patient host for a very long day of sightseeing. Narrative text is brief, and most of the story's momentum is expressed through comic-style panels and speech balloons, which in Cheese's case are often exclamatory and colored cheddar yellow. The contrast between the friends is heightened by Warnes's watercolor and pencil cartoons, rendering Cheese as tiny, but with a big mouth, and Chalk as large and pleasant but somewhat stolid. If Cheese's lively vociferations become tedious to some adults, they will no doubt entertain children, who will find his game enthusiasm for everything from subway cockroaches to skating at Rockefeller Center ("Splat!") simply hilarious.-Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416913788
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,000,967
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Warnes (Papa Bear) has his home in the countryside of Dorset, England, with his wife, illustrator Jane Chapman (Mama Bear), and their son, Noah (Little Bear). When asked how he felt about illustrating this book, Tim says, "My Christian faith is central to my life, so I jumped at the challenge to illustrate Jesus Loves Me! — what a great way to use the gift God gave me!" Tim has drawn closely on his own experiences to give us a pictorial celebration of family life, and to share God's love for all of us. The hens you see in the pictures are from Tim's very own backyard.
With over forty picture books currently in print, award-winning illustrator Tim Warnes has been published in more than twenty countries. This is his first book with Simon & Schuster.

Tim Warnes (Papa Bear) has his home in the countryside of Dorset, England, with his wife, illustrator Jane Chapman (Mama Bear), and their son, Noah (Little Bear). When asked how he felt about illustrating this book, Tim says, "My Christian faith is central to my life, so I jumped at the challenge to illustrate Jesus Loves Me! — what a great way to use the gift God gave me!" Tim has drawn closely on his own experiences to give us a pictorial celebration of family life, and to share God's love for all of us. The hens you see in the pictures are from Tim's very own backyard.
With over forty picture books currently in print, award-winning illustrator Tim Warnes has been published in more than twenty countries. This is his first book with Simon & Schuster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Chalk and Cheese are positively flumpy!

    A great children's book. Funny on an adult level also. Reading the each page in the voice of an English country mouse and a NYC bull terrier add to the enjoyment.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    TRUE FRIENDSHIP OVERCOMES DIFFICULTIES

    Chalk & Cheese? Hmmm, you might think, those two probably go together like oil and water. Not so as young readers will discover in this imaginative story about two dissimilar friends who find that despite differences they care very much about each other. An appropriate lesson for youngsters to learn considering the world in which we live! <BR/><BR/>Chalk is a New York City dog and Cheese is an English country mouse. They've been exchanging postcards for a while and Cheese is very curious about Chalk's home. For instance, he asks, "Do skyscrapers really scrape the sky?" While it's a long way from Cornwall in the UK Cheese decides to pay Chalk a visit and see some of the sights in the Big Apple. <BR/><BR/>He is amazed by what he sees - an awesome mailbox, and he is intimidated by the subway. Cheese's legs are so short that he has difficultly keeping up with Chalk, so Chalk carries him. After all, that's what friends are for. <BR/><BR/>And, this is what the story is all about - friendship between two who discover that while they are very different they are also very much alike. <BR/><BR/>- Gail Cooke

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