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For my reading club in school, I frequently visit some of my local charity shops in an effort to find some cheap well looked after children's books - sometimes I hit it lucky, other times I don't, but recently I picked up this bok 'Septimouse, Big Cheese' by Ann Jungman as part of a 3 for a £1 deal in the charity shop.
This book has been produced by Puffin books, and in fact is a ;young puffin' read book which, according to the back of the book, is aimed at those who have developed reading fluency.
On the front of the book is a picture of Septimouse, dancing on a big slab of cheese. The story is broken into 6 chapters.
Septimouse is the seventh son of a seventh son and has magical powers. The story begins with Septimouse dreaming about the cheese factory that he has created, but he is awaken with bad news. His little big person Katie, the little girl who lives in the house, is crying because her Dad has lost his job and they are going to have to move house. Katie and Septimouse are friends and Septimouse promises Katie that he will come up with a plan - not only to help her, but to help his fellow mice and the cheese that he relies on in his cheese factory.
After reading his monthly cheese magazine, Septimous comes up with a plan. Katie's Dad can open his own cheese factory, since English cheese has become very popular. The only trouble is, Katie's Mum and Dad don't know that there is a talking mouse in the house, only Katie has spoken to him. Once they get over that hurdle, with his magical powers, Septimous shrinks Mum and Dad down to mouse size and takes them into his own cheese factory within his mouse hole and gives them some of this recipes to help Dad with his new business idea.
The next stage is for Dad to get some commercial premises to set up his cheese making factory, and with some help from Septimouse and his family, things start to take shape. There are ups and downs however in the story, and when an health inspector comes to visit the premises, Dad gets very worried, especially about Septimouse being nearby.
This is a great book for children who are competent readers in primary school. At times there is a little too much talk about the set up of the factory, rather than just getting on with the story, and in some places in can be quite slow paced, but on the whole I think it is well written and introduces children to some business related idea such as commerical premises, health inspectors etc etc. So, a good book in all.