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The Highway Rat
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


Overview - Quick Hide all your goodies The Highway Rat's coming, and he's going to steal your snacks...
He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel -- he even steals his own horse's hay Can no one stop him?
The creators of Stick Man and A Gold Star for Zog stand and deliver this fabulous new story of a wickedly loveable villain who gets his just deserts.
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Overview
Quick Hide all your goodies The Highway Rat's coming, and he's going to steal your snacks...
He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel -- he even steals his own horse's hay Can no one stop him?
The creators of Stick Man and A Gold Star for Zog stand and deliver this fabulous new story of a wickedly loveable villain who gets his just deserts.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545477581
  • ISBN-10: 0545477581
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Publish Date: April 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11 x 9.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Law & Crime
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Manners & Etiquette
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-02-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

The team behind The Gruffalo and other titles returns with a tale of a rodent highwayman whose “manners were rough and rude,” stealing food from those he meets on the road. Things look dark for this animal kingdom until a clever duck—who is also an impressive equestrienne—uses the Highway Rat’s gluttony against him. Scheffler’s drawings always offer plenty of pleasures: his bold ink lines and glowing colors give these pages a comic intensity, and his characters’ round, bright eyes exude a geeky earnestness. But this story feels like a missed opportunity. The Highway Rat always demands sweets and junk food from his hardworking, peasant-class victims (“Give me your pastries and puddings!/ Give me your chocolate and cake!”), only to receive the rather bland stuff that makes up their subsistence diets (clover from a rabbit, leaves from the ants, flies from a spider). Rather than make comedic hay of this incongruity, Donaldson and Scheffler seem chiefly interested in portraying the ho-hum selfishness of their protagonist and meting out a humdrum punishment: “And they say he still works in the cake shop,/ sweeping the cake shop floor.” Ages 4–8. (Apr.)

 
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