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The Great Cheese Conspiracy Paperback – June, 1989
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With a nod to the gangster movies of the past century, elements of "The Great Cheese Conspiracy" are unlikely to be familiar to children of the current generation. They may have little understanding of the type of criminal gangs portrayed in this book. Further, while their crime is nonviolent and, in the end, although the Enemy, Mr. Sammartino forgives Merciless Marvin and his cohorts, Fats and Raymond, the book does make it seem as if theft and deception are acceptable. The would-be criminals reap the benefit of manipulating their victim's sympathetic nature to gain a comfortable home and plentiful food - no work required. "Merciless Marvin" eventually determines he is not cut out for a life outside crime and returns "Outside" to seek other opportunities.
Jean Van Leeuwen's writing is clear and easy to read. Younger readers should have little trouble reading and understanding the short chapters. This would be a nice read aloud book for preschoolers and a good vehicle for discussions regarding right and wrong. I recommend parents read "The Great Cheese Conspiracy" before reading it to preschoolers or giving it to young readers in order to determine whether the subject material is compatible with their own values.
Marvin and his gang (just two other mice- Fats and Raymond) are ready for The Big Time. No more petty jobs of stealing candy from the movie theater they live in. It's time to move on to something big. What could be big for mice? Well, how about a giant cheese store that's just a short walk from the theater? Marvin scopes the place out and determines that he and his men can perform the biggest heist in history. Luckily for him, Raymond mentions that they could infiltrate the premises and make as many trips as they want to the store, rather than making one big bust. Unfortunately, the store doesn't have any weak points, and they need the key in order to get in after everyone's gone. Even worse, the shop has security in the form of a mean, old, moth-eaten cat.Read more ›
It was only after thinking about the story for a bit that I realized that the whole concept of "gangsters" might feel a bit foreign to most young readers. Gangster movies are mostly a thing of the past, so I think quite a bit of the charm of this book will likely be lost on young readers. Still, this is a very good little caper story, and maybe those kiddos familiar with that gang from Toy Story can draw a few parallels with our daring mice and their quest for the good life. Marvin's decision at the end to leave easy street for a chance at a life of crime and adventure might raise a few eyebrows, but most will be charmed by Raymond, the super intelligent sidekick, Fats the fuse who loves to eat and blow things up, and Marvin the magnificent who is maybe not as smart as he thinks he is. As a grown up, I can only offer a cautious recommend for this classic, but the kid in me thought it was great fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So happy to have found this book from my childhood to share with my step-daughter.Published 1 month ago by Ed Baisden
I loved this story as a kid and I purchased it for my son's second grade class :) Its funny and entertaining.Published 6 months ago by Dylan Underwood
it was awesome and I loved it so much I would be on a regular season of books it's awesomePublished 17 months ago by Scott77
The Great Cheese Conspiracy is a cute tale of a gang of rodents that plan to steal cheese from the shop near the theater in which they live. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mira Dugan
My second graders loved this book. I mean, it got to the point where they were quoting it and talking in crime boss voices. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Emily J. Morris
The author excels at writing a book that moves along VERY quickly.
We get to see Marvin as an egomaniacal mouse very effectively through first person narration. Read more
Great fun little story of a mouse crime gang. They are planning a great cheese heist! A nice story for kids 6-9 years of age. Nice book!Published 23 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood