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That Pesky Rat [Paperback]

Lauren Child
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29 May 2003
A riotous and touching tale of a homeless brown rat by a Kate Greenaway Award winner. Sometimes when Rat is tucked into his crisp packet, he looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to live with creature comforts, to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. A charming story with a hilarious twist and the inimitable stylish illustrations of Lauren Child.

Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; New Ed edition (29 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841212768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841212760
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist's assistant to Damien Hirst.

Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today and has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren's first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe.

Notable events in Lauren's career include selection for Quentin Blake's Magic Pencil Exhibition (British Library) in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO and has been spearheading a project to raise money for UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special edition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work starting at the Manchester Art gallery toured the country from 2008 to 2010.

Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

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Brilliant. Completely brilliant (Times Educational Supplement)

Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter (Mail on Sunday)

Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable (Guardian)

Here's a book to make you smile... wonderfully quirky (Northern Echo)

Delivered with Child's customary mix of charm and wit... packed with humour and warmth (Junior)

A witty, enjoyable story accompanied by Lauren Child's famously stunning collages (Waterstones Books Quarterly)

A wonderfully funny, touching tale from Lauren Child (East Cumbria News and Star)

Witty and affecting... children will love her winning tale (Books Magazine)

Feast on the pictures and wonder at the skill with which she brings all together (Carousel)

A groovy, brilliantly illustrated story (Daily Mail)

Full of surprises... lively and amusing... exhilarating (School Librarian Magazine)

Child is a unique talent, in that her famously arty montages of pattern, colour, cartoon and photographs are matched by equally exuberant text... three to seven-year-olds will love it almost as much as I do (Sunday Telegraph)

Funny and touching (What's On In London)

Full of surprises, from the word-positioning on the page to the different materials used in the illustrations, this is a charming tale of a rat that just wants to be loved (Radio Times)

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This is the funny, touching tale of how a homeless brown rat finds the perfect home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brown rat finds Love 9 Aug 2003
By A Customer
"That Pesky Rat" is simply one of the funniest children's books I have read in ages - the story of a brown rat who lives in a bin but longs to be a pet with a name. The cameo appearances of his friends who have made it as pets (such as Pierre the Chinchilla who lives a glamourous life with Madame Fifi) are hysterical, and the finale of the book is a happy ending with a very funny twist! This is one book I won't mind reading to my children dozens of times - the illustrations are stylish and adults can enjoy the humour as much as (or even more than)the kids can!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Thoroughly enjoyable, this book can work at many levels- a good laugh, a thought for all the pets out there, and a chance to reflect on the choices we can all make. Then there's the wonderful montages and drawings that make the book a pleasure for the eyes, one of my favourites being where the rat is thinking about how he hates to be bored...
I bought this as a supply teacher- it could form the basis of so many lessons and for so many age levels, and so many parts of the curriculum, but mainly for myself!
The main plot is a pesky rat who would like his own name, and to be someone's pet above all, even if it means having to wear a funny jumper. This is well worth paying hard back price for!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. FM
Pesky rat made my 3 years old daughter feel empathy for others. And be very amusing in the same time. It is a very funny book with catchy phrases that my little one loves to reproduce. We are reading this book constantly since my daughter was only 2 years old. Is an appropriate for very young ages as well as for older children.
My little one kept on asking me, the same as the characters in the book: "Are you sure?" Hearing this from an adult doesn`t make a difference, but when a small child says it, it shows an inquisitive side of them.
Lauren Child has my full admiration for how introspective she is when writing children`s books. I read somewhere that this book is based on a real life situation that Lauren Child has been through and that puts a different perspective on things.
It`s worth buying it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 29 Sep 2010
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This is a wonderful book, beautifully illustrated and with a heart warming tale. It has become a very popular bedtime read for my daughters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books for kids 29 Oct 2008
This is my favourite childrens book. It is very funny. The only downside of it that I laugh every time I read it out loud to my 5 year old who then demands that I explain exactly what is funny and why which kills it a bit!
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