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Ricky's Rat Gang (I Am Reading) Paperback – 7 May 2007

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These titles for emergent readers are designed to fill the middle ground between picture books and chapter books. Ricky's Rat Gang describes how three mice come up with a clever plan to drive away a gang of bullying rats and regain their hold on a supermarket storeroom. In the second book, three boys accept Kevin into their rock band, even though he isn't "cool." When a music executive offers to sign the group, but only without Kevin, the musicians stand by their friend. Just Mabel tells how a girl deals with teasing from her classmates about her name and her clothing. Children will relate to Mabel's hurt feelings and will respect her ability to solve her own problems. All of the stories offer clear and simple texts with appealing plots. The splashy, cartoon illustrations do an excellent job of supporting the narratives. Edgier and more interesting than the titles in the "Hello Reader" series (Scholastic), these books are solid additions.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal
The splashy, cartoon illustrations do an excellent job of supporting the narratives [of the I Am Reading series]. Edgier and more interesting than the titles in the "Hello Reader" series (Scholastic), these books are solid additions.
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About the Author

Anthony Masters was a successful novelist and children's book writer with many titles to his credit. His first novel, The Seahorse, won the John Lewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1967. His many books for children included Bullies Don't Hurt (Viking/Puffin), Wicked (Orchard) and Ghost Blades (Mammoth) which were selected by The Book Trust for their 100 Best Books 1998 edition. Chris Fisher is a favourite illustrator of children's books. His titles include Nonsense Nursery Rhymes, which won the Gold Award in the Play and Learn Awards and Snowdragon, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. Hammy House of Horror, illustrated by Chris, was highly commended in the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Chris Fisher lives in Bristol.

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