Oh Rats! by Albert Marrin
  

Oh Rats!

Written by Albert Marrin
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Synopsis

Oh Rats! by Albert Marrin

Able to claw straight up a brick wall, squeeze through a pipe the width of a quarter, and gnaw through iron and concrete, rats are also revealed in this fascinating book to be incredibly intelligent and capable of compassion. Weaving together science, history, culture, and folklore, award-winning writer Albert Marrin offers a look at rats that goes from the curious to repulsive, horrifying to comic, fearsome to inspiring. Arresting black-and-white scratchboard illustrations with bold red accents add visual punch to this study of a creature that has annoyed, disgusted, nourished, and intrigued its human neighbours for centuries.

Reviews

Praise for Oh, Rats! * -[A] lively and informative overview of the history and behavior of the widely encountered rodent.... It's a different sort of discussion... for this well-known historian and biographer and one that he has clearly enjoyed, as will a wide variety of nonfiction readers and animal fans. There's a bibliography of adult sources and children's nonfiction as well as a listing of literary works featuring rats.---School Library Journal, starred review -Children fond of nonfiction that is laced with discomfiting--or downright revolting--information will happily fall upon this anecdotal look at the shared history of the animal kingdom's greatest survivors... Pleasantly icky.---Booklist -The book may be nonfiction, but it is also fine storytelling. C. B. Mordan's evocative black-and-white line drawings... show off the rat to its best advantage--in moments both wicked and benign. This is a fine marriage of narration and illustration

About the Author

Albert Marrin is the author of many award-winning nonfiction books for young people and is the recipient of many honors, including the Washington Post Nonfiction Award for -outstanding lifetime contribution [that] has enriched the field of children's literature.- C. B. Mordan has illustrated several children's books, including Silent Movie by Avi and Guinea Pig Scientists by Mel Boring and Leslie Dendy. He lives in Kansas.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
112 pages

Author

Albert Marrin
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Publisher

Puffin an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc

Publication date

2nd October 2014

ISBN

9780147512819


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