Other illustrators (notably Galdone) have responded to this playful 1909 expansion of the familiar nursery rhyme, but Chess brings to it her unique mischievous humor and impeccable sense of design. According to Ivimey, the mice go adventuring and--turned out of an inn by the host--spend a cold night in a field before their mishap with the farmer's wife. Chess makes all the characters mice (except an offstage cat) and charms with the farmer's diminutive domestic arrangements and a mouse-eye view of the larger world. The mice, only briefly fazed by their awful experiences (they not only lose their tails but are blinded in a bramble bush), are gleefully rambunctious and irrepressible; all ends well. Refreshing new flavor for an old favorite.