The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

The Highway Rat

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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** Now available in a chunky board book format, perfect for babies and toddlers. Bestselling author/ illustrator combination Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up for another great adventure. Many of the creatures that appear in The Gruffalo feature in this rollicking rhyming adventure of a greedy Highway Rat, in the style of the famous Alfred Noyes poem, 'The Highwayman', and how he is outwitted by a very clever duck. Axel Scheffler’s animals are as full of vivid expression as usual.


The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

'Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate eclairs! For I am the Rat of the highway, and the Rat Thief never shares!'

Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel - he even steals his own horse's hay. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck?


'Donaldson’s ear for rhyme is unequalled and Scheffler’s busy, funny illustrations make this ideal for reading aloud with lots of voices and chances to join in.' - Daily Mail

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages.

Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

Author photo © Alex Rumford

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Book Info


Board book
30 pages


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Alison Green Books an imprint of Scholastic

Publication date

6th March 2014




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