Fiction | 10 September 2015Crazy Ideas and Cheese Shop Dreams Share article facebook twitter google pinterest What’s the craziest idea you’ve ever had? Have you ever tried to dig a tunnel to China? Build a rocket ship out of aluminum foil? Bake the world’s largest cookie? Chances are, the idea didn’t turn out exactly as you planned. You may not have reached China, but maybe you found an old time capsule while digging in the backyard. And that cookie might not have beaten the Guinness World Record, but I’ll bet you got to hear some really cool stories while baking with your grandma. It’s important to have big dreams and take big risks because even if you don’t end up achieving your goal, you always end up a smarter, braver, more experienced person than when you started. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And, if we could be so bold as to attach an addendum to Emerson’s quote, crazy ideas make the journey a whole lot more fun. In The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In, Daddypops the rat is the king of crazy ideas. His mission impossible is to break into the cheese shop and steal all the fancy-pants cheese – he just has to find out a way to do it. Roping in his two kids for extra help, Daddypops tries idea after idea, each one failing as miserably (and hilariously) as the last. Will the rat family ever make it into the shop, or will they be stuck salivating on the other side of the window forever? And will the rat kiddos have fun on this grand cheese adventure, or barely escape Daddypop’s schemes unscathed? Check out the excerpt of The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In below, and share your own world-famous crazy ideas with us by posting a photo on the QuartoKids Facebook page or tagging us on Twitter @QuartoKids. Excerpted from The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In “Oh dear,” said Daddypops. The truth was, our dad’s plans for getting cheese never worked. Shanice looked at him and said, “It maybe might be easier just to learn how to make cheese yourself.” I nodded. “Then you could open a cheese shop called FANCY-PANTS CHEESE FOR RATS!” Daddypops thought about it. But, after a moment, his eyes lit up like he’d had the brainwave of the century. “Rats aren’t made for opening shops,” he said. “Rats are good at digging! We’ll get in there by making A TUNNEL!” Next thing, he’d got a pickaxe and a shovel and a bucket. And we were digging away. “EASY AS PIE!” grinned Daddypops. “You don’t know how lucky you are to have a father who’s clever like me!” But, actually, it didn’t turn out to be easy as pie. Author: Sean Taylor Illustrated by: Hannah Shaw Format: Hardback, 32 Pages ISBN: 9781847804303 Age Range: 4 to 7 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.