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Priscilla and Rosy

Priscilla and Rosy

by Sharon Jennings, Linda Hendry (Illustrator), Linda Hendry (Illustrator)

A tempting boat trip tests an alley-rat's loyalty to her best friend Priscilla, who lives in an alley behind a restaurant. Her best friend, Rosy, lives across the gutter near an ice cream store. After a busy week of stealing food scraps and scaring people, the two rodent pals decide to take Monday off together, so they can relax over Rosy's new puzzle.



A tempting boat trip tests an alley-rat's loyalty to her best friend Priscilla, who lives in an alley behind a restaurant. Her best friend, Rosy, lives across the gutter near an ice cream store. After a busy week of stealing food scraps and scaring people, the two rodent pals decide to take Monday off together, so they can relax over Rosy's new puzzle.

Then Priscilla is invited out on a boat trip on Monday. What else can a rat do but accept? She can call up Rosy and tell a little fib. Maybe Priscilla could say she just remembered that she had already agreed to the trip. Maybe she could say she's sick. After all, she can do a puzzle with Rosy any old time; a boat trip is really special.

So why does Priscilla feel so ratty?

A not-too-sweet tale about honoring your friends, Priscilla and Rosy introduces young readers to a refreshing new heroine who, despite her all-too human flaws, manages to do the right thing in the end. Linda Hendry's inspired illustrations add the perfect touch of droll humor to Sharon Jennings witty and endearing story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this tale introducing two young rats, Jennings (Into My Mother's Arms) portrays a familiar childhood dilemma with humor and zip. Priscilla lives just across the gutter from her best friend, Rosy. After working hard all week, combing restaurants for scraps of food "and scaring lots of people," the two are looking forward to their day off. Priscilla eagerly accepts when Rosy invites her over to help with a new puzzle. But that offer pales next to a subsequent invitation, from another friend, to go on her very first boat ride. Priscilla ponders fibbing to Rosy to get out of their date but reconsiders after another pal chastises her ("Priscilla Rat, you are not nice!"). Back home, in a burst of temper that any child or parent will easily recognize, the frustrated gal yells "I hate puzzles!" as she kicks the furniture, but ultimately does the right thing. Hendry (No Frogs for Dinner) fills her busy illustrations with amusing particulars a human watch serves as the clock on Priscilla's wall, a stroller is adapted from a tea cup as she portrays the world of these appealing rodents. Author and artist portray a credible ending while keeping Priscilla true to her prickly but good-hearted nature. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Rosy and Priscilla are best friends, a pair of industrious rats who spend their days scavenging food scraps from nearby restaurants. Priscilla and Rosy make plans to spend Monday, their day off, enjoying a puzzle together. When Priscilla receives a tempting invitation to take a boat ride on her day off with her friend Rudolph, her loyalty to Rosy is tested. Priscilla must decide whether or not to lie to her best friend. In the end, Priscilla keeps her date with Rosy and the two best friends enjoy a pleasant evening together. Hendry's illustrations bring the rats and their quirky homes to life, and the book offers an important, albeit heavy-handed message about the importance of honesty in a friendship. Ultimately, it is difficult to connect with Priscilla and Rosy because their personalities are never fully developed, an ingredient that makes other friendship books such as Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" series so compelling. 2001, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Elizabeth Marshall
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Alley rats Priscilla and Rosy are best friends. Priscilla promises Rosy she will visit her on Monday, but changes her mind when another friend invites her for a boat ride. She decides that she will tell Rosy she's sick. But soon guilt gets the better of her, and she cancels the boat ride to be with Rosy instead, only to find that she is sick and cannot play. After spending the whole day angry that her plans were ruined, she finally realizes that she should be taking care of her pal. The story in itself is little more than moralistic fare, but Hendry's charming illustrations pack flashes of humor into an otherwise dull tale. For instance, a security guard sees the shadow of Priscilla and Rosy carrying a submarine sandwich and thinks he's seeing a giant rat. Other details of the rodents' world will delight children as well, particularly the pet cricket being taken for a walk, and the wristwatch that hangs on Priscilla's wall as a clock. The pictures, however, cannot save this book from its mediocre story and a not-very-likable heroine.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Priscilla Rat is excited about going to her best friend Rosy's house to work on a new puzzle, at least until she receives a better offer and is tempted to lie to get out of her commitment. Priscilla tries on a list of lies, from illness to forgotten appointments, before her eyes rest on a picture of the two of them smiling together. Remembering how Rosy saved her life in a horrible storm, Priscilla realizes that some things are more important than taking a ride on a boat. Priscilla wakes the next day to go visit Rosy only to find that she is sick and after trying to find something else to do decides to take her sick friend dinner in bed and a favorite book. Wonderful illustrations of the rats' world are reminiscent of the lives of the Borrowers. A teacup with button wheels serves as a baby stroller, safety pins become useful fishhooks, and a spool makes a wonderful night stand. This tale of friendship is charming even if it is a bit predictable. Luckily, the amusing illustrations carry the plot over the rough patches. More Priscilla Rat adventures are sure to be eagerly anticipated. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sharon Jennings is the author of The Bye-Bye Pie, Sleep Tight Mrs. Ming, When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming and Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming. Sharon has also written for the popular series of Franklin books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Linda Hendry grew up on a farm near Nokomis, Saskatchewan. She began illustrating at an early age (the underside of her parent's kitchen table holds testimony to this fact). Eventually, she moved on to more conventional materials and filled stack upon stack of pink and yellow doodle pads with drawings of make-believe families and their life stories. Many years later, she is still doing the same thing - but on better paper.

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