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The Highway Rat (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 01/09/2011
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From the bestselling creators of "The Gruffalo" comes a fabulous new story ofa wickedly lovable villain who gets his just desserts. Full color.

Publisher: Scholastic US
ISBN: 9780545477581
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 279 x 251 x 13 mm


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Praise for STICK MAN
"Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile of an inanimate object recalls Laurie Keller or THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Donaldson's rhythm is tight and never breaks pace, while Scheffler's illustrations are completely charming. STICK MAN is a fun adventure that will make for some great holiday reading." -- The-Trades.com




"Inspired by Alfred Noyes's "The Highwayman," Donaldson tells the tale of a swashbuckling rat with mask and cape who stops hapless travelers and takes their food at sword point. While he prefers chocolates, puddings, and cakes, he steals clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel, and even hay from his own horse. "The creatures who traveled the highway/grew thinner and thinner and thinner, /While the Highway Rat grew horribly fat/from eating up everyone's dinner." A brave duck in a red kerchief lures the thief to a distant cave, supposedly full of biscuits and buns. While he follows the echoes of his own voice deeper and deeper into the dark, the duck jumps on Rat's horse and takes the stolen food back to her hungry friends. Eventually he emerges on the other side of the hill, becomes a reformed rodent, and finds work sweeping the floor at a cake shop. Scheffler's rich, dark palette creates a brooding atmosphere just right for the Highway Rat's dastardly deeds, and his cartoon-style characters are a wonderful tongue-in-cheek contrast. Humorous details abound, including Gruffalo cookies in the cake shop from this British duo's "The Gruffalo "(Puffin, 2006). This well-paced, rollicking tale is a guaranteed storytime treat." - "School Library Journal "starred review, Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Praise for STICK MAN
"Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile of an inanimate object recalls Laurie Keller or THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Donaldson's rhythm is tight and never b
Praise for The Highway Rat
"This well-paced, rollicking tale is a guaranteed storytime treat." -- School Libray Journal, starred review
"Donaldson and Scheffler deliver a lot of laughs.... A treat." -- Kirkus Reviews


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“Very funny”

This is another amazing picture book from the author of 'the Gruffalo' and this book does not disappoint. It's all about a very naughty little rat that goes around stealing all the animals food but who... More

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29th April 2012
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