These furry creatures are found nearly everywhere in the world. Read and find out about the life of the brown rat from litter to adulthood. The rat's life cycle information is divided into short chapters and there is a brief, pictorial, pie chart that summarizes the animal's life cycle. The captions have additional facts and information about the brown rat. For quick searches, the index may be helpful in locating particular information about the animal. The digitally created illustrations are in color but lack the effect that photographs have. There is just one color snapshot of the brown rat found next to the "Fun Facts" list near the back of the book. There are additional resources listed for those children wishing to seek more information; besides three book titles, the FactHound website provides sites for exploration. For those students studying life cycles of animals or trees, there are other titles in the "Amazing Science: Life Cycles" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.
Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.