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Cheesy Children’s Books


Chances are that cheese is already part of your kid’s favorite snack, but now it could be a part of their favorite book! We’ve put together a list of some of the most beloved children’s books that will leave your mouths watering. From moons made of cheese to epicurean mice, there are so many cheesy adventures to be had.

1. A Tale of Moon Cheese by J. Eileen Arness

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Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Amazon.com

 Don’t you still want to believe the moon is made of cheese?

“The story of a young mouse who dreams with his whole heart to be able to taste the moon. After hearing a story told by his father, he believes he has discovered how, but he then makes a discovery that is so much better.” – Amazon.com

2. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

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Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Amazon.com

This is a collection of short stories, however the book features its title character, the Stinky Cheese Man, in his own adventure. A parody the Gingerbread Man, The Stinky Cheese Man runs away from everyone because he thinks he will be eaten. But really, they’re all just trying to get away from his horrible smell.

3. Anatole by Eve Titus

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Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Amazon.com

This one is a book for the cheesemakers!

“Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family – but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note – “good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel” – and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed – but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice.” – Amazon.com

4. The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright

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We’ve all know that mice are obsessed with cheese, but have you ever heard of a cheese-loving cat?

“Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his street-cat life. Tired of dodging fishwives’ brooms and carriage wheels, he hopes to trade London’s damp alleyways for the warmth of ye olde Cheshire Cheese Inn. He strikes a bargain with Pip, an erudite mouse: Skilley will protect the mice who live at the inn, and in turn, the mice will provide Skilley with the thing he desires most.” – Amazon.com

5. Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow

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If you saw our article on the movie The Box Trolls , this one might be familiar to you! The movie was based on this book, which takes place in a town obsessed with cheese.

“The shady members of the Cheese Guild, led by an unpleasant fellow called Snatcher, are kidnapping underlings and plotting to take over the town. Arthur’s allies against the Guild include underlings, a man in iron socks, and the pirates and rats who run the Nautical Laundry. There’s a great deal of inspired silliness throughout, which may appeal to fans of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.”  – Amazon.com

6.  The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen

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Cheesemongers beware! These delightful gang of mice are on a mission to snatch up your cheese.

“A tough-guy mouse with BIG ideas . . .Merciless Marvin the Magnificent is not your average theater mouse. He’s a crime boss. Along with his mouse gang, Fats the Fuse and Raymond the Rat, he spends his days watching gangster movies in their theater home, and pulling the occasional heist involving popcorn machines and candy bars. But Marvin longs for the Big Time. He wants an adventure on the Outside, a place no mouse has ever returned from alive. Marvin hitches a ride out of the theater and discovers a cheese shop nearby. It’s the perfect target for his gang’s biggest heist yet. But can Marvin, Fats, and Raymond agree on the right plan?” – Amazon.com

7. The Old Man Who Loved Cheese by Garrison Keillor

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Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Amazon.com

We all love cheese, but this guy might have a problem when his cheese-eating habits get out of control. 

“Loving to eat smelly cheese above all other activities, Wallace P. Flynn drives away his friends and family when his hobby becomes overly malodorous and fears that he will never be able to change his wheys.” – Amazon.com

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Jamie Ditaranto

Jamie Ditaranto is a senior at Emerson College and an online editorial intern for culture, who enjoys writing, photography, and travel. She finds a way to sneak cheese into just about every meal and is a sucker for free samples.