One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Rat is a look at the black rat. It covers such topics as the rat's long, agile tail (it's good for balancing and picking noses), long teeth (they can chew through anything, including books) and disgusting taste in food (delicious electrical wires in tomato sauce, anyone?). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Rat contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.
About the Author
ELISE GRAVEL is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She has won a Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well-known for her original, wacky picture books and graphic novels. After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. The author lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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 whiskers. Her pictures are quite adorable. The accompany text is captivating and informational and the font style changes on some of the pages, shouting out to you and drawing you in, with big bold lettering and brighter colors. The story provided some great information about rats in a humorous manner, sometimes comparing items so you the reader can better grasp the concept and other times providing the information in a playful attitude. I think children will love to hear this entertaining story as they see the cute illustrations and learn interesting facts at the same time. I will be looking for other children’s books by Elise Gravel and I will definitely be reading this one when I am out in the classrooms teaching. I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion from NetGalley and Random House of Canada Limited.