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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Disgusting Critters
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; Reprint edition (July 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770496599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770496590
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am going to feature another book in the series "about disgusting creatures". Today's book is entitled, "The Rat." Just by thumbing through and visually assessing it, you know that it will be a fun read because the pictures are witty, humorous and so kid-friendly. The expressions and talking bubbles personifies the rat and makes her character very endearing to the reader, even though a rat is a creature despised by many.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Ugh, what a book to read while I’m cleaning a rat infestation out of my pantry. RATS, who is every going to like them? Not me, even after reading this book…but maybe if those rodents I was dealing with were more like the ones in this book, I might not have felt so bad about sharing my food with them. Hey, they did make me do a thorough cleaning of an area I usually manage to ignore! But to the book…..guess that’s what a review should be about. There are a lot of facts in this book and illustrations manage to make the rats look interesting but in no way cute. If I were a librarian, I would consider buying the entire Disgusting Critters series for my collection.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this book in just one-and-a-half days! Well-researched, well-written, page-turner, riveting story. This story flowed beautifully from the first page of Major Beckwith's quote to the last page where the reader finds his quote once again amidst a summary that offers the reader a superior conclusion.

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
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By Stephanie on August 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A cute but honest book about one of the creatures that we all live with-the rat. Fun, scientific facts and wacky pictures fill the pages. Some of the facts and blurbs had my group of kids laughing hysterically, the rat has a tail that acts like a hands, useful when the rat wants to pick it's nose!

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Hey, I’m a guy, and growing up a lot of my friends didn’t read much – I did – we were out in the country and there’s only so much messing around in the woods, fields and cornfields you can do – especially after dark – but we never had book like these!

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. A LOT!

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.
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