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I Don't Like Cheese

I Don't Like Cheese
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Hannah Chandler. Illustrated by Lauren Merrick

I Don't Like Cheese

Hannah Chandler

Lauren Merrick


Mike the mouse isn’t like other mice. He just won’t eat cheese. Fortunately, Ashley, the little human girl who lives in the house, feeds him lots of tasty treats: like pizza and tacos. But, hold on, don’t those have cheese in them?

This delightful picture book explores how even the fussiest eaters can be tempted to try new flavours. And, if you’re anything like Mike, you might find you develop quite a taste for international cuisine along the way!

Written by Hannah Chandler when she was just 11 years old, I Don’t Like Cheese is hopefully the first of several adventures featuring Mike; now 12, Hannah is already planning the sequel.

Find out more about Mike and Hannah at www.idontlikecheese.com/


Specifications: Hardback | 245 x 255mm | 24 pages | Full colour


About the author / illustrator:

Hannah Chandler used to dictate tales to her mum to write down when she was just three. Challenged by her principal to write a book, at the age of 11 she wrote I Don’t Like Cheese! Now still only 12, she’s planning the sequel.
Listen to Hannah here:
Lauren Merrick has always had a love of illustration. Growing up, most of her time was spent drawing and painting, and she now works full-time as an illustrator. She has developed her own whimsical illustration style, involving watercolour and paper-cut mediums.


Reading Time, The Children's Book Council of Australia, June 2015

Exisle Publishing I Don't Like Cheese Reading Time Hannah Chandler

This perfectly packaged simple tale is sweet and engaging, with a fun moral to tempt fussy eaters, and a little bit of learning about food in other cultures to top it off.

Perth West Australian, May 2015

“Hannah’s story will let you know where your favourite foods might come from, and Lauren’s watercolour pictures…will make your mouth water.”

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Australian Dairy Foods Magazine, May 2015

“If you have fussy little eaters in your family this book might get them to eat cheese”

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School's Out Perth West Australian, April 2015

“I keep I Don’t Like Cheese with my special things.” Reviewed by Jasper Aged 5

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Bottomshelf - Great Books for Little People , April 2015

“This is an appealing story that immediately brought to mind the amazing celebrations for … Harmony day, where the children sample food from so many different countries...it would be a perfect story to include”

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Little Angel (Disney Magazine), April 2015

"Superstar Writer - Hannah Chandler always knew she wanted to be an author. She was pleasantly surprised when at the age of 11 her first book was published! Now 12, Hannah tells us about her future writing goals."

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The Australian - January 2015

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The Sun Herald - January 2015

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The Sunday Telegraph - January 2015

Sunday Telegraph: "How does it feel to be a published author at only 12?"
Hannah Chandler: "I have always had the dream to be a published author, but to have that dream come true at the age of 12 is amazing!"

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The Starfish - January 2015

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The West Australian - December 2014

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The Age - December 2014



The Sydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend & Spectrum - December 2014

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The Carousel - December 2014

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The Newcastle Star - December 2014



Essential Kids (Fairfax Digital) - December 2014

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The Kids Book Review - December 2014

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96five-Logo-Web - December, 2014

96.5 FM interviews Hannah about her her book. Listen here.



1233 ABC Newcastle - December 1, 2014

Hannah Chandler and Anouska Jones spoke to Jill Emberson on 1233 ABC Newcastle Mornings

Click on image to read full transcript or listen to audio



Ultra 106.5 - November 29, 2014

David Wood presenter of Saturday Mornings speaks to Hannah about her new book

To listen to interview click on the image below:




Newcastle Herald ?- October 2014

'Many primary schoolers dream of becoming published authors, but Hannah Chandler has gone one better and signed a book-deal - at just 12 years old. The Year 6 student at Cardiff South Public will see her book I Don't Like Cheese on bookshelves in December, thanks to Exisle Publishing ..................'

reviews - Newcastle Herald Oct 2014