The Great Cheese Conspiracy

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Overview

Tired of gangster movies and movie theater leftovers, three mice decide to rob a cheese shop

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bungling crew of New York City rodents has a story to tell in this jaunty story first published in 1973. Bostick shines as Merciless Marvin the Magnificent, the tough-talking (in convincing Brooklyn-ese) leader of a mouse-and-rat gang that inhabits the Bijou Theater. After viewing loads of movie matinees featuring flashy gangsters and heists, Marvin persuades his cronies that glory (and delicious food) lie on the outside, where Marvin plans to "pull off the job of the century." The intended target is a shop called the Cheese Barrel-filled wall-to-wall with "sharp, tangy, pungent, flavorful, appetizing, delectable cheese." Raymond the Rat and Fats the Fuse join Marvin in planning the crime with some funny, if unsuccessful initial attempts. By book's end, restless Marvin chooses adventure over an easy life of accessible cheese. This pleasant blend of silliness and drama-bolstered by colorful and distinctive character voices and the clever inclusion of numerous movie references-will keep listeners hooked. Jazzy interludes at the chapter breaks add an entertaining touch. Ages 6-9. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Three mice who live in a movie theater plan to go outside and knock off a cheese shop. In tough-guy language, Merciless Marvin leads his men, er, two mice companions, with platitudes and bribery. The usual obstacles include a cat, people's feet and the owner of the cheese shop, but it all comes out right when the owner lets the three scrawny captured mice stay in his back room. Too confining for Marvin, he heads out, to another adventure (there are four in the series), on the last page. The story is slow to start with plenty of planning and discussion, some humorous exchanges with small forays of action, and reflective of the pace of the era of children's books in which this was originally published. Able readers can enjoy the voice of Marvin, but little enough happens and the action is difficult enough to visualize that slower readers will loose interest. There are no illustrations. 2001 (orig. 1969), Hyperion/Lost Treasures, $1.99. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Three mice that live in a movie theater plan to go outside and "knock off" a cheese shop. In tough-guy language, Merciless Marvin leads his men, er, two mice companions, with platitudes and bribery. The usual obstacles include a cat, people's feet and the owner of the cheese shop, but it all comes out right when the owner lets the three scrawny captured mice stay in his back room. Too confining for Marvin, he heads out to another adventure (there are four in the series), as noted in the flap copy. The story is slow to start with plenty of planning and discussion, some humorous exchanges with small forays of action, and reflective of the pace of the era of children's books in which this was originally published. Able readers can enjoy the voice of Marvin, but little enough happens and the action is difficult enough to visualize that slower readers will lose interest. There are no illustrations. Reviewer: Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761459729
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,012,427
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Van Leeuwen is the award-winning author of more than forty books for children of all ages, from pre-school to young adult.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2003

    From a 9 year old boy who is an avid reader

    Marvin, better known as Merciless Marvin the Magnificent, shows determination and leadership while Fats the Fuse shows humor like "let's blast it" and the cheese dance. These characters, Marvin, Fats and Raymond set out to rob a cheese store across the street from their Movie Theatre home. Their adventure is humorous and it teaches the reader the benefits of determination and leadership. This is a great book.

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