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.”
“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…”
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
Pub date: 2013