That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child

That Pesky Rat

Written by Lauren Child
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Exploring from his dustbin home in Grubby Alley, the Pesky Rat of the title takes a look at how his friends who are pets, such as Andrew the Scottie Dog and Nibbles the lop-eared rabbit, live. Could he live like that too? The Pesky Rat dreams and plans. He will make his escape one day. Proceeds from this UNESCO edition will go to the charity’s programme for the Education of Children in Need.


That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child

The pesky rat wonders what it would be like to live with the creature comforts actual pets enjoy pets like his friends Pierre the chinchilla, Oscar the Siamese cat, Nibbles the lop-eared rabbit and Andrew the Scottie dog instead of in dustbin number 3, Grubby Alley. And he's got a plan for how to make his dream come true ...All proceeds from this special edition go to UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, which Lauren Child is supporting with her own project, 'My Life Story'. This edition includes an eight-page section all about UNESCO and Lauren's own role in helping the children they support all over the world.


Brilliant. Completely brilliant Times Educational Supplement 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 Here's a book to make you smile... wonderfully quirky Northern Echo Delivered with Child's customary mix of charm and wit... packed with humour and warmth Junior A witty, enjoyable story accompanied by Lauren Child's famously stunning collages Waterstones Books Quarterly A wonderfully funny, touching tale from Lauren Child East Cumbria News and Star Witty and affecting... children will love her winning tale Books Magazine Feast on the pictures and wonder at the skill with which she brings all together Carousel A groovy, brilliantly illustrated story Daily Mail Full of surprises... lively and amusing... exhilarating School Librarian Magazine Child is a unique talent, in that her famously arty montages of pattern, colour, cartoon and photographs are matched by equally exuberant text... three to seven-year-olds will love it almost as much as I do Sunday Telegraph Funny and touching What's On In London Full of surprises, from the word-positioning on the page to the different materials used in the illustrations, this is a charming tale of a rat that just wants to be loved Radio Times A wonderful story about love and loneliness in the big city -- Cressida Cowell Junior In every respect, Child has the knack. She engages the eye, tickles the fancy, makes jokes that resound and stand repetition Times Educational Supplement Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter The Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Lauren Child

Lauren Child burst on to the children’s books scene in 1999 and has since
published many bestselling and awardwinning books, including those featuring
the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. She has won
numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and
the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been made into an award-winning
TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success. In December 2008 she was named as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, and was awarded an MBE in 2009.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

14th January 2016




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