The Rat (2014)
The Rat (2014)
4.23 of 5 Votes: 4
1770496580 (ISBN13: 9781770496583)
Tundra Books
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This book is from the series Disgusting Critters. They are picture books for kids teaching them some facts about these creatures in a fun way. Since many kids like things that are sometimes disgusting, this series is a good idea to convey factual information. The facts contained in each book are varied and general in nature. In The Rat we are told about the two most common rats, brown and black, including the Latin name of the black rat. We are given some information on size, at least in relation to a mouse, and one page is dedicated to the tail and how it is used. For the tail, the book shows and talks about the rat picking its nose with it, obviously humour to adults, but perhaps confusing to the child reader. We learn about the athletic abilities of the rat, and about its teeth, including how the teeth stay sharp.We are told that they eat most things and can transmit diseases, but are very smart, are sometimes used in labs, and some people have them as pets.There is also one deliberate misspelling of a word for no obvious reasons, not necessarily a great idea for young learners.All in all, these books are a fun way to have kids learn about creatures they may not be all that familiar with. It's cool that these are by a Canadian author/illustrator and that they were originally written in French. 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 oneabout 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.
This rodential graphic nonfiction is irresistibly the raddest.-Monty K.
I "liked" it, my students "loved" it.
love this series!
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