The King, the Mice and the Cheese is a 1965 Beginner Book written and illustrated by Nancy and Eric Gurney.
The story begins in a faraway country, where a king lives in a beautiful palace and had everything he likes, mostly cheese. His cheese makers makes the best cheese in all the land. Everyone in the country likes the smell of the cheese, even the mice. Soon, every mouse in the land smells it and runs to the palace where they consume the king's cheese.
The king doesn't like living with mice, so he asks his wise men how to get rid of the mice. They bring in cats to chase the mice away from the palace. The cats end up living with the king, who doesn't like it and asks the men how to get rid of the cats.
The men bring in dogs to chase the cats away from the palace, yet the king doesn't like living with dogs and asks the men how to get rid of them. The men bring in lions to scare the dogs away from the palace. Now, the king doesn't like living with lions and asks the men how to get rid of them. The men bring in elephants to scare the lions away from the palace.
NOW the king is unhappy living with great, big elephants and asks the man how to get rid of them. The wise men bring back all the mice. They shout "Scat!" to scare away the elephants out of the palace. Still, the king doesn't like living with mice. As he wonders what he going to do for three straight days, he comes up with a solution. From then on, the king shares his cheese with the mice, and they learn to eat with good manners.
- Spanish (Bilingual): El Rey, Los Ratones y El Queso
- French (Bilingual): Le Roi, Les Souris, et Le Fromage