Tatty Ratty

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It’s a serious business when a rabbit gets lost.

Tatty Ratty is lost again. Molly and her mum and dad look everywhere, but there’s no sign of him. They start to worry, but soon realize that he has probably gone off on an exciting adventure, and they begin to imagine what he might be doing. Might he be driving a train? Or sailing on a pirate ship? Wherever he is one thing’s for sure -- when he’s finished his journey, Tatty Ratty will be waiting ...

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Overview

It’s a serious business when a rabbit gets lost.

Tatty Ratty is lost again. Molly and her mum and dad look everywhere, but there’s no sign of him. They start to worry, but soon realize that he has probably gone off on an exciting adventure, and they begin to imagine what he might be doing. Might he be driving a train? Or sailing on a pirate ship? Wherever he is one thing’s for sure -- when he’s finished his journey, Tatty Ratty will be waiting for Molly!

With glowing illustrations, this is an exciting and heart-warming addition to the children’s bookshelf.

When Molly's stuffed rabbit gets lost, she and her parents imagine all the adventures it is having before returning home.

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Publishers Weekly
It looks like Molly's eponymous stuffed rabbit may be missing for good, but the girl takes comfort in imagining a picaresque future for him: a circuitous journey home that includes encounters with the Three Bears, Cinderella, fierce pirates, a friendly dragon and the Man in the Moon. But Tatty Ratty makes Errol Flynn-like moves and proves himself both resourceful and savvy ("He'll find a way to escape," says Mom when Molly throws in the pirate plot as a complication. "He always does"), and he does not shy away from biting Cinderella when she tries to brush his fur. Mom and Dad bring the saga to a close by suggesting that Molly look for Tatty Ratty in a rabbit-themed toy shop. With a knowing wink, Cooper (Pumpkin Soup) gives Dad a plum quote, "Remember, he might look different," while Mom chimes in, "And he'll be very clean and fluffy." Sure enough, Tatty Ratty awaits Molly on a shelf literally as good as new. On each spread, small realistic spot illustrations of Molly unspooling her story (with assistance from her understanding parents) during meals, bath and bedtime serve as counterpoint to full-page, fanciful pictures of the bunny's adventures, and inject an immediacy and improvisational verve into every new escapade. Never patronizing or sentimental, this is a wise and respectful tribute to children's storytelling powers. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Molly's beloved stuffed rabbit Tatty Ratty is lost, and of course she is very upset. But Molly herself seems to know where he is, for she pictures him having a series of exciting adventures¾eating porridge with the Three Bears, riding in Cinderella's coach, seafaring with pirates, off in space with the Man in the Moon, then finally back "somewhere" all cleaned up and ready to be "found" by Molly amid many others at the Kingdom of Bunny store. The twin tales of the family interactions and the rabbit's adventures are depicted in full-color, real-life vignettes interlarded with larger, more detailed scenes of imagination, all filled with affection and a warm sense of humor. How Molly and her family deal with a familiar crisis, with Molly herself finding a way to accept the loss and deal with a substitution, can be a useful lesson. 2001, Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.00. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Molly leaves her favorite stuffed animal on a bus, she is inconsolable. At bedtime, Dad comforts her by suggesting that Tatty Ratty has hopped off the bus and is on his way home. Over the next few days, Molly and her parents contribute different twists to the rabbit's adventures, as he calls on the Three Bears (they fatten him up on porridge), travels in Cinderella's coach (she brushes and mends his fur), and meets a band of pirates (after a cleansing dip in the ocean). After a trip to the moon, he finally returns to earth via floating umbrella. Early the next morning, the family visits a toy store, where Molly finds Tatty Ratty on the shelf, looking just like new. Cooper presents a common dilemma and then allows her protagonist to confront the problem by using her imagination. Realistic scenes of everyday life are punctuated by forays into a fanciful world where anything can happen. A combination of small vignettes and larger, boxed illustrations help readers to keep the story lines straight, while bright colors and amusing details keep them interested in Tatty Ratty's doings. Backgrounds in soothing pastel hues and a carefully balanced layout add to the artwork's strong appeal. Loose ends are neatly tied up, as the specifics of the rabbit's journey explain his shiny new appearance. In addition to comforting children who have lost a beloved plaything, this book will also appeal to those who dream about the imaginary lives of their toys.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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A lost favorite toy is the impetus behind this tale of the adventure one rabbit might be having when he is away from home. Tatty Ratty, Molly's favorite stuffed bunny, is missing again, and a thorough search of all the usual places turns up nothing. Molly is heartbroken, but with a little encouragement from her parents, she imagines what Tatty Ratty is doing out in the world. Hopping off the bus, Tatty Ratty finds his way on to a train where he gets new, blue buttons for the ones that he lost. Molly then imagines that he has breakfast with the Three Bears. A healthy serving of porridge fattens him back to his old self. Feeling full, he hops a ride with Cinderella, who mends him and brushes his fur. Taking her own bath, Molly imagines that Tatty Ratty jumps into the ocean for a dip before hitching a ride on a pirate ship. Molly's father helps the tale by suggesting that the little rabbit is taking a dragon ride to the moon where the Man in the Moon sprinkles him in moondust, turning his fur white. Tatty Ratty is on his way home as he hops aboard a spaceship destined for Earth. A trip to the Kingdom of Bunny store finds that Tatty Ratty is right there waiting for Molly among all the other bunnies sitting on a shelf. Whimsical illustrations depict the dual story of Tatty Ratty's adventures and Molly's life at home without her toy. Parents of young children will definitely want to keep this tale in mind should their child's own Tatty Ratty take off. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552546300
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 12/10/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Cooper is the only illustrator ever to win the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed, 1996 and Pumpkin Soup, 1998. She has had several other successful titles including Little Monster Did It! and The Bear Under The Stairs, which won the Smarties Young Judges' Award in 1994. Both are now perennial favourites in nurseries, schools, libraries and bookshops. Helen is married to author/illustrator Ted Dewan. They have one daughter and live in Oxford.

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