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Tatty Ratty Hardcover – March 14, 2002

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

It looks like Molly's eponymous stuffed rabbit may be missing for good, but the girl takes comfort in imagining a picaresque future for him: a circuitous journey home that includes encounters with the Three Bears, Cinderella, fierce pirates, a friendly dragon and the Man in the Moon. But Tatty Ratty makes Errol Flynn-like moves and proves himself both resourceful and savvy ("He'll find a way to escape," says Mom when Molly throws in the pirate plot as a complication. "He always does"), and he does not shy away from biting Cinderella when she tries to brush his fur. Mom and Dad bring the saga to a close by suggesting that Molly look for Tatty Ratty in a rabbit-themed toy shop. With a knowing wink, Cooper (Pumpkin Soup) gives Dad a plum quote, "Remember, he might look different," while Mom chimes in, "And he'll be very clean and fluffy." Sure enough, Tatty Ratty awaits Molly on a shelf literally as good as new. On each spread, small realistic spot illustrations of Molly unspooling her story (with assistance from her understanding parents) during meals, bath and bedtime serve as counterpoint to full-page, fanciful pictures of the bunny's adventures, and inject an immediacy and improvisational verve into every new escapade. Never patronizing or sentimental, this is a wise and respectful tribute to children's storytelling powers. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reschool-Grade 2--When Molly leaves her favorite stuffed animal on a bus, she is inconsolable. At bedtime, Dad comforts her by suggesting that Tatty Ratty has hopped off the bus and is on his way home. Over the next few days, Molly and her parents contribute different twists to the rabbit's adventures, as he calls on the Three Bears (they fatten him up on porridge), travels in Cinderella's coach (she brushes and mends his fur), and meets a band of pirates (after a cleansing dip in the ocean). After a trip to the moon, he finally returns to earth via floating umbrella. Early the next morning, the family visits a toy store, where Molly finds Tatty Ratty on the shelf, looking just like new. Cooper presents a common dilemma and then allows her protagonist to confront the problem by using her imagination. Realistic scenes of everyday life are punctuated by forays into a fanciful world where anything can happen. A combination of small vignettes and larger, boxed illustrations help readers to keep the story lines straight, while bright colors and amusing details keep them interested in Tatty Ratty's doings. Backgrounds in soothing pastel hues and a carefully balanced layout add to the artwork's strong appeal. Loose ends are neatly tied up, as the specifics of the rabbit's journey explain his shiny new appearance. In addition to comforting children who have lost a beloved plaything, this book will also appeal to those who dream about the imaginary lives of their toys.
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (March 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374373868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374373863
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb Nam-Krane VINE VOICE on January 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has ever lost a beloved "pet"- or any parent who has ever had a child lose a precious keepsake- will breathe a big sigh of relief at the end of this fanciful story. Molly's parents cleverly use her imagination to their advantage as they wait for the "return" of her precious Tatty Ratty. While on his adventures, Molly has him retrieve his lost blue buttons while driving a train, get fattened up while eating with the Three Bears, shiny and clean after a dip in the ocean (courtesy of a fight with Cinderella), and pretty and white after a dip in the Man in the Moon's sugar. The reader isn't sure where the story is going until the very end, and by then we're as touched by Molly's parents' cleverness as we are by her imagination. A great read for kids eight and under.
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I purchased this (and several others by the same author) after reading the reviews of the other buyers. I am pleased to say that this has been a great purchase all around. I had never even heard of Helen Cooper before, but after one sitting with five or six of her books, we're converted! My kids all loved these, and have asked for them to be read every day, multiple times a day, since. The pictures are absolutely delightful, with beautiful, rich colours, and the story lines are completely adorable! It gives a great look at some of the ideas kids can run with as to what their favourite "loveys" and animals might get up to while lost. Everyone who has ever had a child attached to something has probably had it "lost" at some point, even if only momentarily. This gives a child a great alternative to being upset over the toy being lost. It brought smiles to all of my kids' faces. 5 stars all around. I will definitely be purchasing more from this author.
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From the author and illustrator of our family's beloved Pumpkin Soup comes Tatty Ratty, a story of one lost rabbit's adventure and eventual return. The story line is simple - a favorite (MUST HAVE) toy is lost somewhere. Mom calls the bus line - no luck - they look in all the usual places - no luck.

Have you seen that minivan commercial where a teddy bear is lost? Mom drives to the store gets a new one, runs it over, and stashes it in one of the oh-so-convenient bins? That is Tatty Ratty in a nutshell, but with a clever twist. The parents in this story use their daughter's worrying and imagination to spin the tale of Tatty Ratty's adventures. He ends up on a train, with the 3 bears, with Cinderella, pirates, and the Man on the Moon. Along the way, Tatty Ratty gets restored. Finally he is reclaimed in the end at "Rabbit World" good as new. Smart parents.

The characters, story line, and illustrations are rich and imaginative. Helen Cooper is at her best in this story. You will see your child in this story - happily musing about bunny's adventures and upset and unable to sleep in another moment. The pictures are rich and detailed - with each read we find something new.

I would highly recommend this book for any child, boy or girl, probably 7 and under. I never thought we would find a book as cherished by my kids as Pumpkin Soup - no surprise that when we did find one, it was from the same author. If you like Tatty Ratty, come back for Pumpkin Soup. You won't be disappointed.
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Replaced a well-worn and torn library copy.
Shared the "new" book at Storytime this week.
We always LOVE the story - it's just great how a
dirty brown rabbit leaves on an adventure and
returns as a fluffy clean white rabbit.
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By A Customer on March 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
My 3-year-old calls this "a sparkly book". This is a wonderful tale of Molly who has lost her precious stuffed rabbit. Through night and day her and her parents imagine where he might be - and tell wonderful stories about him. The fun story telling reminds me of the times our family tell spontaneous tales. The ending is very touching. Little ones will be completely satisfied and accept little Molly's version of events. Those over six or seven years old will find her parents to be clever and caring. I enjoy reading this book over and over again.
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I first read Tatty Ratty to my son when he was 2, that was 6 years ago. Now I am able to read it to my youngest and enjoy it just as much. Tatty Ratty has some of the most beautiful story time pictures I have ever seen. The story is sweet, for any parent who has had children that had 'loveys', we can all sympathize. There are books you check out from the library, and books you buy to keep. This is a keeper!
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