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That Pesky Rat

CILIP Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award, 2003

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781408345320

Price: £6.99

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A funny, touching picture book from Children’s Laureate, and Charlie and Lola creator, Lauren Child.

Rat lives in dustbin Number 3, Grubby Alley. At night, when he’s tucked up in his crisp packet, Rat looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. To have a home of his own . . .

Gently exploring themes of homelessness and poverty, this is the perfect way to talk about this often tricky subject with young children and encourage them to empathise with others.

At least 10% of the purchase price of every copy of That Pesky Rat sold will be donated to St Mungo’s Broadway, a charity providing help, support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

‘Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable’ Guardian

‘Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child’ Mail on Sunday

Winner of the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award


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
Full of surprises... lively and amusing... exhilarating
School Librarian Magazine
Funny and touching
What's On In London
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
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
A groovy, brilliantly illustrated story
Daily Mail
Brilliant. Completely brilliant
Times Educational Supplement
Delivered with Child's customary mix of charm and wit... packed with humour and warmth
Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter
Mail on Sunday
Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable
Here's a book to make you smile... wonderfully quirky
Northern Echo
A wonderful story about love and loneliness in the big city
Cressida Cowell, Junior
In every respect, Child has the knack. She engages the eye, tickles the fancy, makes jokes that resound and stand repetition
Times Educational Supplement
Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter
The Mail on Sunday
A good story with a message worth discussing
English 4 - 11