Book Title
Author

The Mystery Of The Shy, Fuzzy Mouse/A Cici and Sugarcane Adventure

Cheryl Nugent

Type
Genre
Word Count
Published?
Publisher

Fiction

Childrens

2500 - 5000

No

What's it all about?

Cici and her cat Sugarcane live in an old apartment house in Charleston, SC (which location can be easily adapted to other cities). On a boring rainy day they decide to call The Countess who lives down the hall. "Oh yes, do come by," the countess said,"and bring Sugarcane as well. I'm very worried there's a big fat mouse ringing my fancy doorbell." While this story is told it rhyme, it can be easily adapted in prose. Cici and Sugarcane soon discover the doorbell ringer is not a mouse, but a new neighbor who is very shy. The Countess calls her cousin, Dr. Lautrec Toulouse, a shyness doctor, who lives on an island in a blue caboose. The doctor comes quickly with his bass fiddle and his cat, Mr. Twiddle. He quickly suggests throwing a costume ball and invite the shy neighbor. The party is a great success and social triumph, even the cats attend! Shyness is gently confronted and overcome, but there may still be a mystery about a red fuzzy mouse.
Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist, Wendy Edelson.

Excerpt

What a stinky day, thought Cici when she saw the buckets of rain. "What can we do inside all day?" she asked her cat, Sugarcane. "Meow," said the beautiful cat, but that was not helpful at all, so Cici decided to call the Countess, who lived just down the hall. "Oh yes, do come by," the Countess said, "and bring Sugarcane as well. I'm very worried there's a big fat mouse ringing my fancy doorbell." Then, as the story progresses, we see the very colorful ball scene... "There were cavemen, cowboys, robots and clowns, and beautiful ladies in satin ball gowns. There were astronauts, milk maids, farmers, a nun, Chinese scholars and Atilla the Hun! There were wizards and Vikings, and a mermaid with pearls, and King Kamehameha (ka-may-a-may-a) with threee hula girls!

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