Cheese Belongs to You! — Perfect Picture Book Friday

Instead of chocolate, I’m nibbling a piece of cheese for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. But it’s not my cheese because “RAT LAW says that if you’re a rat, cheese belongs to you.”


Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.56.07 PM

Rat cannot believe his luck!


“a BIG rat wants it. Then cheese belongs to him.

Unless a BIGGER rate wants it. Then cheese belongs to her.”

And so the story goes, adding “quicker rat,” “stronger rat,” followed  by “scary rat,”  “hairy rat,” and “dirty rat,” then “dirty, hairy rat” and “dirty, hairy, scary rat…”

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.31.37 PM

You get the point. The biggest, baddest rat and then mob of rats get the cheese. (Oh, Mike [HeyLookAWriterFellow], how can you adore these winner-take-all creatures? Well, I suppose Lucy was a special case.)

The illustrations in red and black pencil serve as a hilarious backdrop for a luscious wedge of golden cheese, the spoils of rat war.

How does rat war end? Let’s just say there’s a bit of sharing involved, if rat knows what’s good for him.

This playful reminder about sharing is bound to be popular with the preschool and young elementary school set.

I even love the end papers, white polka dots on yellow background.

Title: Cheese Belongs to You!

Author: Alexis Deacon

Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz

Publisher: Candlewick

Pub date: 2013


I’ll be saying a few words in the not-too-distant-future about  Brown Girl Dreaming, the National Book Award Winner by Jacqueline Woodson. Stay tuned….

31 thoughts on “Cheese Belongs to You! — Perfect Picture Book Friday

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Yes, the adjectives just keep getting bigger and tougher and rougher. They also learn about mob action (as it applies to rats and other uncivilized creatures like small children) and how a little bit of sharing can defuse the situation. 😀

  1. Lady Fancifull says:

    I hope the author got a big far grant from the Cheese Marketing Council (if the organisation doesn’t exist, someone should invent it). Not to mention that he should be in line for a lot of gRATitude from Rattus rattus.

    I think I’ll go now…PS CATS rather like cheese, as well as liking RATS. For pretty well the same sort of reasons as I like chocolate (and cheese) Though rarely together.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Oh, couldn’t you see a group of cats sitting around a campfire making feline s’mores? Two strips of bacon on the outside, cheese melted on the inside with a nicely toasted rat in between. All of the cats of the world are drooling, just thinking about this right now.

Please feed the chickens...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.