1992 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; Atheneum publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
"It was a nice day, so Humphrey" (one of the leading Church Mice) "was taking the opportunity to point out to everybody the hole in the ozone layer." So begins the tenth chronicle of life at Wortlethorpe Church Vestry and another classic adventure for Sampson, the cat, and the Church Mice.
Humphrey's attempts to point out the hole in the ozone layer are disrupted by the arrival of Percy, a dog who is now living as a stray, having formerly been a Christmas present. After learning that he has nowhere to live, the church mice invite him to live with them until he finds a new home - to the great disgust of Sampson the church cat. The mice initially dismiss his attitude as 'anti-dog talk', but soon come to regret their decision after Percy eats their entire week's cheese supply, leaving them to subsist on the discarded scraps of food which are thrown over the churchyard wall...