Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations, Bat and Rat captures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist. Praise for Bat and Rat "Cordell's starry cityscapes combine with Jennings' gentle text for an agreeable read-aloud--with a cherry on top."--Kirkus Reviews "The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story."
--School Library Journal "Cordell's images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve O'Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jennings' focused attention on a unique and caring relationship."
--Library Media Connection
- ISBN-13: 9781419701603
- ISBN-10: 1419701606
- Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: May 2012
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 5-7
- Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-03-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Bat and Rat are best friends and a musical duo: Bat is the composer/musician and Rat is the lyricist/singer. Stuck on a song, they head to an ice cream shop, where a tragic accident (Rat is somewhat responsible for the demise of Bat’s tower of ice cream scoops) and subsequent flareup inspire a new song that celebrates their friendship. Jennings (Lucky Cap) and Cordell (Another Brother) try to put a new twist on a familiar friendship-under-pressure story, and it’s refreshing to have a children’s book take place in a nocturnal, decidedly cosmopolitan hipster world. But their storytelling never gains traction. Very little is made of the urban nighttime setting, readers get no sense of Bat and Rat’s creative process or collaboration, and yet two whole spreads are devoted to how they traverse the floors of their apartment building to meet in the lobby. Perhaps most disappointing, the much anticipated song, “Favorite Favorite,” is a hodgepodge of silly rhymes (“My favorite cheese is runny and smelly./ My favorite noodle is vermicelli”) and repetition. Ages 4–8. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (May)