That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child
  

That Pesky Rat

Written by Lauren Child
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3+ readers   

RRP £6.99

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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.

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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.

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A good story with a message worth discussing * English 4 - 11 * Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter * The Mail on Sunday * In every respect, Child has the knack. She engages the eye, tickles the fancy, makes jokes that resound and stand repetition * Times Educational Supplement * A wonderful story about love and loneliness in the big city -- Cressida Cowell * Junior * 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 * Funny and touching * What's On In London * 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 * Full of surprises... lively and amusing... exhilarating * School Librarian Magazine * A groovy, brilliantly illustrated story * Daily Mail * Feast on the pictures and wonder at the skill with which she brings all together * Carousel * Witty and affecting... children will love her winning tale * Books Magazine * A wonderfully funny, touching tale from Lauren Child * East Cumbria News and Star * A witty, enjoyable story accompanied by Lauren Child's famously stunning collages * Waterstones Books Quarterly * Delivered with Child's customary mix of charm and wit... packed with humour and warmth * Junior * Here's a book to make you smile... wonderfully quirky * Northern Echo * Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable * Guardian * Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter * Mail on Sunday * Brilliant. Completely brilliant * Times Educational Supplement *

About the Author

Lauren Child

The Children's Laureate

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.

Lauren Child is the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate. Of the role she said, “I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure. In an increasingly fast paced world, children need the freedom to dream and imagine; to enjoy reading, drawing and telling their own stories without value judgement or restraint”.

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to an author or illustrator of children’s books to “celebrate outstanding achievement in their field and recognise the important contribution children’s literature makes to cultural life”. Child’s tenure will run until June 2019, which will mark 20 years since the post was inaurgurated by Quentin Blake and since Child published her first book.

Child revealed that that Blake was a huge inspiration to her. “When I was little, it never occurred to me to think of authors and illustrators as actual human beings," she said. "Then I saw Quentin on television live drawing on “Jackanory”, so he became a real-life illustrator to me and that made it something it was possible to become.”

Other previous post-holders include Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Malorie Blackman.

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Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Lauren Child
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Author's Website

www.milkmonitor.com/

Publisher

Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

14th January 2016

ISBN

9781408337370

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