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Horace and Morris Say Cheese (Which Makes Dolores Sneeze!)

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Horace and Morris (but mostly Dolores) love cheese. To them, Swiss is bliss, Muenster is magnificent, and nothing’s better than cheddar. But everything changes when Dolores develops an allergy to her favorite food. Even worse, a food festival is coming to town, featuring—what else?— cheese! Fortunately, Dolores is one resourceful little mouse. And she comes up with a solution to her problem that is far from cheesy! Once again, the creators of the popular Horace, Morris, and Dolores books tackle a common childhood...

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Overview

Horace and Morris (but mostly Dolores) love cheese. To them, Swiss is bliss, Muenster is magnificent, and nothing’s better than cheddar. But everything changes when Dolores develops an allergy to her favorite food. Even worse, a food festival is coming to town, featuring—what else?— cheese! Fortunately, Dolores is one resourceful little mouse. And she comes up with a solution to her problem that is far from cheesy! Once again, the creators of the popular Horace, Morris, and Dolores books tackle a common childhood dilemma with verve and panache.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Food allergies get an understanding appraisal in Howe and Walrod's third picture book starring Horace, Morris and Dolores. The three school-age mice naturally adore cheese: “They ate string cheese and Swiss cheese on Sundays. They ate Muenster with mustard on Mondays.” These rituals end when Dolores breaks out in itchy blue spots and starts sneezing. Dr. Ricotta performs a series of tests—accurately pictured in a comic-strip array of shots, urinalysis and eye/ear checks—and pronounces Dolores allergic to cheese. Dolores and her mother look aghast. The Everything Cheese Festival is nigh, and Dolores can't get cheese off her mind. With Dolores's exclusion from cheesy activities, Howe and Walrod indicate how food taboos influence not just children's diets but their social lives: alone, Dolores binges on cheesecake, only to regret it when she sees her blotchy face in a bathroom mirror. Wordless images and word-balloon dialogues show Dolores's struggle and her realization that she can concoct tasty cheese-free recipes to share (or sell) at the cheese fest. In addressing this timely topic, Howe and Walrod encourage the no-gluten and nut-free crowd to seek opportunity in a common setback. Ages 4–8. (July)
Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
Three mouse friends eat all kinds of cheese together until the fateful day when Dolores sprouts itchy spots and starts to sneeze. Dr. Ricotta's diagnosis? Dolores is allergic to her favorite food. She adapts well on a cheese-free diet until she learns that the First Annual Everything Cheese Festival is coming to town. "From that moment on, all Dolores could think about was cheese, cheese, cheese." Not surprisingly, she falls off the wagon. Dolores's ingenious methods for coping with her allergy keep her spot-free and teach the other mice there is more to life than cheese. Author James Howe celebrates the wonders of cheese in spare, playful language ("They ate cheddar with their chowder and feta with their fritters"). Amy Walrod's slightly subversive illustrations use luscious tones of green, blue, red, purple, brown, and, of course, yellow. Visual jokes abound, including an x-ray of Dolores's cheese-filled stomach, a cheese ball gumball machine, and a multiplex of cheese-themed movies. Kids with allergies and even those with limited palates will appreciate this lighthearted yet sensitive treatment. But ultimately the book—the third one about these rodent pals—is just plain cheesy fun. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–The three mouse friends are back in a story about Dolores’s new and unfortunate allergy. When she eats cheese, she sneezes and breaks out in itchy spots. “Dolores could not imagine life without cheese. It was her favorite thing to eat!” Can she quit it cold turkey? Even with the town’s “Everything Cheese Festival” coming up? Soon Dolores learns that she can go on after a setback, and also that, when it comes to making lunches, a little creativity goes a long way. Fans of the other books about these appealing rodents will find the same rhythmic ease in the writing, and the same light touch with a message. Walrod’s colorful cartoon-style artwork adds lots of humor and personality. Allergy sufferers will find this reassuring in a nondidactic way, and all kids will smile, even without saying cheese.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Having always enjoyed "Roquefort and Beaufort and Blarney and blue. Romano, parmigiano, and Waterloo too" with her rodent buddies Horace and Morris, Dolores is considerably bummed when she develops an allergy to cheese. Though her mom tries to help by supplying cookies and peanut-butter sandwiches for lunch, soon Dolores is dreaming of cheese, seeing it everywhere ("Muenster Movie Madness," screams the local theater marquee; "Dr. Cheddar and Mr. Hyde") and even backsliding despite instant, itchy hives. What to do? Walrod's witty pictures add both visual and plot detail, with scenes of Dolores breaking out as Horace and Morris look on in dismay, visiting Dr. Ricotta for testing (more a generic physical exam than an allergy series) and struggling to stay with her new diet. What turns the corner at last is her discovery that she actively enjoys concocting her own creative, cheeseless meals. Proactive readers with similar troubles may find her strategy successful. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689839405
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe‘s many books for children range from teen novels to middle-grade fiction to picture books, and include the popular Bunnicula series. He lives in Upstate New York.

Amy Walrod won the Golden Kite Award for The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. Her first picture book for Atheneum was the bestselling Horace and Morris But Mostly Dolores. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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