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

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by James Howe, Amy Walrod (Illustrator)
 

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Horace, Morris, and Dolores like cheese more than anything else in the world. So imagine their distress when Dolores develops a cheese allergy! All of a sudden, she's stuck eating cookies and peanut butter sandwiches while everyone else enjoys that delicious cheese. Things get even worse when they find out that the Everything Cheese Festival is going to roll into

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Horace, Morris, and Dolores like cheese more than anything else in the world. So imagine their distress when Dolores develops a cheese allergy! All of a sudden, she's stuck eating cookies and peanut butter sandwiches while everyone else enjoys that delicious cheese. Things get even worse when they find out that the Everything Cheese Festival is going to roll into town in a couple weeks. Should Dolores leave town? Hide under her bed? Instead, she decides to try her own hand at cooking foods she can eat. Soon, everyone loves the cheese-free snacks Dolores is eating, and they all learn that there is more to life than cheese.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689839405
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.26(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.

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