The Year of the Rat (Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series)

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"Chin’s story brings the Year of the Rat to life with his endearing characters and an amusing storyline. The cartoon-like drawings by Miah Alcorn, who has partnered with Chin for all three books, bring enthusiasm and added energy to Chin’s tale and characters. Though recommended for elementary students, The Year of the Rat is steeped in Asian culture and will appeal to readers of all ages. And even if readers cannot engage personally with the traits of the Rat, they will certainly be able to identify with ...
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"Chin’s story brings the Year of the Rat to life with his endearing characters and an amusing storyline. The cartoon-like drawings by Miah Alcorn, who has partnered with Chin for all three books, bring enthusiasm and added energy to Chin’s tale and characters. Though recommended for elementary students, The Year of the Rat is steeped in Asian culture and will appeal to readers of all ages. And even if readers cannot engage personally with the traits of the Rat, they will certainly be able to identify with Ralph’s feats and struggles.” - Paper Tigers

RBF Approved - We Tested, We Love: The illustrated children's book The Year of the Rat by Oliver Chin is super cute about a little rat who gets into trouble with the family of humans he lives with because he gnaws a little too much and hoards items he shouldn't be hoarding. Bright, colorful illustrations, a cute cast of characters and a lesson that sometimes we need to be true to ourselves made this a delightful read." - Rare Bird Finds

Ralph the rat explores the world with the boy Bing. But when Bing’s birthday party goes awry, can Ralph rescue him using traits that others frowned upon?

The third in the popular series introduces the twelve charismatic animals from the Chinese calendar. 2008 is the Year of the Rat.

“This story is just so sweet and the illustrations have that beautiful classic cartoon feel. Makes me proud to be a rat!” - Coquette

"These books are a great gift idea for friends and family" - National Association of Asian American Professionals, Boston Chapter

"Your books are adorable and the kids love them." - Peggy Scott, President, Families with Children from China, Northern California chapter

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Editorial Reviews

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"Bing's new pet, baby rat Ralph, proves to be a handful as he must learn to mind his own business and rein in his curiosity, not to mention his uncontrollable gnawing. Of course, his smarts and resourcefulness eventually save the day. The third in Chin's animal zodiac series provides a waggish romp exploring the characteristics of those born in the upcoming Year of the Rat (like my Ralph-like daughter)." - The Bloomsbury Review

“Starred Pick for Kids and Parents: Furry Fantasy: Ralph is a curious and friendly baby rat, who finds himself in all sorts of pickles as he tries to make friends and understand the world around him…Just when Ralph thinks he’s lost all hope of making friends, he gets the chance to save the day and discovers that his seeming liabilities aren’t to bad after all.” -Audrey Magazine

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- Cartoon illustrations that mirror television animation with the characters' oversize heads on tiny bodies and exaggerated eyes and mouths are the main draw in this book. The disjointed story line about a young rat, which supposedly demonstrates the characteristics of those born in the Year of the Rat, is less successful. It does show that Ralph the rat is resourceful and brave, but other elements seem more tenuously connected. For example, his mother collects "odds and ends" so he decides to do the same, but then he learns that he can't take a pair of earrings that belong to his human friend's mother. Ralph sees his father chew ropes so he chews the dog's leash and the rope holding the bucket that dips into a well and learns that he needs to "keep my mouth to myself," although his ability to chew does come in handy later. The illustrations are colorful and expressive. The font size is large and always clear against fully colored backgrounds. The last page shows the cartoon images for all of the animals of the zodiac since they appear as characters in this series. This is a strictly additional purchase.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597020114
  • Publisher: Immedium
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Oliver Chin is the author of The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Welcome to Monster Isle, Baltazar and the Flying Pirates, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy’s Train of Thought, and The Adventures of WonderBaby. His family lives in San Francisco, California.

Jeremiah Alcorn is the artist of The Year of the Dog, Pig (which ForeWord magazine recommended because "readers young and old will enjoy this journey"), and Ox. He resides in Alabama with his wife and children.

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