The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-in

illus. by Hannah Shaw. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804303.
PreS-Gr 1—A family of masked miscreant rodents—a father rat and his two offspring—set their sights on getting into the neighborhood cheese shop at any cost. After trying to nonchalantly walk inside, then to catapult, Daddypops, the king of bad ideas, decides to tunnel into the shop. Many tribulations later, the bedraggled rats break through…into the Underwear Boutique next door. This error inspires the rat dad to give up thieving and become a proprietor of rat underwear, allowing the family to buy all the cheese they want. Shaw's signature cartoon illustrations offer up many giggle-worthy details—brother rat plastered onto the shop window, father rat clad in enormous striped briefs, a rat customer with underpants on her head. Endpapers cleverly feature labeled platefuls of various cheeses at the beginning of the book and mostly empty plates with little footprints at the end.
VERDICT A silly caper that kids who crack up at the very mention of underwear will enjoy.

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