That Pesky Rat, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A funny, touching tale about friendship and belonging, from Children's Laureate 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. Lauren Child is the Kate Greenaway medal winning creator of the bestselling Charlie & Lola series.'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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages
  • 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.