That Pesky Rat, Paperback Book

That Pesky Rat Paperback

Illustrated by Lauren Child

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9781841212760

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I smiled the whole time I read this story as it ws written from the perspective of an animal that most would consider an outcast, a rat. I liked the message to appreciate what you have. The text is non-linear and tends to pop up in places you might not expect. Unless I was combing each illustration, I would have missed some of the text. Overall, the illustrations would really appeal to young readers as Lauren Child uses a combination of pastel, ink, collage, and photographs to create illustrations that add unwritten details to the home lives of various pets.