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The Rat: The Disgusting Critters Series Paperback – Unabridged, July 5, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These easy-to-read titles aim to amuse and inform in tandem. A cartoon rat or slug provides silly commentary to accompany an array of factoids about its respective subjects' physical characteristics and life style. (While the narrator explains that rats are enamored of human foodstuffs and garbage, this protagonist requests "more delicious electrical wire in tomato sauce.") Rat reproduction is mentioned nowhere, and as for slugs, well, the information is ambiguous. Looking "to find a partner and have babies," this slug hero/heroine (being both) follows another slug's mucus trail and then "lays its eggs." The book fails to discuss contact between the slugs, which will surely result in many questions from young readers. Still, gently amusing and somewhat informative, these cartoon books will find a home in many a classroom library and will meet the basic needs for those children who dread nonfiction book reports.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
PRAISE FOR The Rat:
"...gently amusing and somewhat informative, these cartoon books will find a home in many a classroom library and will meet the basic needs for those children who dread nonfiction book reports." - School Library Journal
"Gravel ... has created a title with great kid appeal. Share with browsers or hand to beginning readers looking for something a little different for that animal report." - Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
The author blends the witty and clever with actual facts regarding this rodent which makes the book not only entertaining but educational as well, which I like. You will discover the Latin name for rat, her physical characteristics, the many practical uses of her tail, the agility and flexibility that she processes, and the astounding ability of the rat's teeth to grow up to 5 inches (13 centimetres) long if not filed down by chewing everything in sight. She expounds on the rat's creative and diversified diet plus the carefree way rats dispose of their body waste...anywhere, anytime is all good to them but not to us because their excretions can cause and spread nasty diseases. Rats are intelligent and are used by scientists to test, observe and compare their behaviours to humans.....who knew? Many people are so enamoured by rats that they actually keep them as pets. All in all I highly recommend this book and this entire series. It is wonderful to be exposed to a gem of a series that will appeal to young readers (and adults too) and teach them as well as entertain them as they read through each of the books.
Thank you to all who were involved in producing a book that will be enjoyed by readers for many years to come.
Robyn Dayna, author of Momentum and Reconciliation in the Love and Faith series
The writing is appropriate for pre-k to about 3nd grade, I read it to a mixture of those. I liked that the book told not only of all of the disgusting things about rats that kids love, but why we need rats and how intelligent they are.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
This is one GREAT series! Funny – informative too – including this one
about rats – RATS ! – who wants them around?
Unless they’re your pets of course!
But this is hilarious – and you learn some stuff too – the best combo there is.
Let's start with the cover. It has a simple, wonderful illustration and first time I saw it, I was caught. Like, I really really had to get it. And knowing it's promoting real information in humorous way, I requested it right away. And I'm not disappointed. At all.
Presented with cute font (one that looks like children hand-writing, I love those kind of fonts!), every page gave a short factual information about rat. There's also one or two BIG word that worked like a theme/title for the page. Although the illustration had said it itself very clear. It also had a little humor, told by the rat, in every page which I think it's cute because I felt like the rat is either helping or encountering the narrator with their own view/opinion.
I don't like rats in real life. I hate it because, yeah, they're disgusting. But I must say I really love these rat characters in this book.
I'm sure my nieces and nephews will find this book entertaining. Some information in this book helped me to gain more understanding about rat. Especially about how they manage to skip the trap we set most of time. Or how they manage to get into the house, the kitchen, the cupboard and so on. Of course, an adult is expected to read along with young readers to explain more about this and that.
As an adult who loves cute books with wonderful designs and illustrations, it's definitely a must have. I can't wait to read the other books in the series and collect them all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves these books! They are actually educational on top of being really fun to read. Kind of hilarious.Published on December 10, 2014 by Decatur GA Mom
Rats! Who would have known that I’d be reading a book geared for children about rats? I didn’t. Debbie is quite the cute rat with her pink tail, long skinny arms and long... Read morePublished on August 22, 2014 by Live Outside
I have the book, too! We were going on a long car trip when I thought that my husband and I could share it together. Then I realized that the book was on CD's. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by ANN-MARIE K. HEILMAN