Oh Rats!: The Story of Rats and People

Oh Rats!: The Story of Rats and People


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147512819
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 72,031
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Albert Marrin is the author of many award-winning nonfiction books for young people and is the recipient of many honors, including the Washington Post Nonfiction Award for "outstanding lifetime contribution [that] has enriched the field of children's literature."
C. B. Mordan has illustrated several children’s books, including Silent Movie by Avi and Guinea Pig Scientists by Mel Boring and Leslie Dendy. He lives in Kansas.

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Praise for Oh, Rats!:

• "[A] lively and informative overview of the history and behavior of the widely encountered rodent.... It's a different sort of discussion... for this well-known historian and biographer and one that he has clearly enjoyed, as will a wide variety of nonfiction readers and animal fans. There's a bibliography of adult sources and children's nonfiction as well as a listing of literary works featuring rats."
School Library Journal, starred review
“Children fond of nonfiction that is laced with discomfiting—or downright revolting—information will happily fall upon this anecdotal look at the shared history of the animal kingdom’s greatest survivors… Pleasantly icky.”
"The book may be nonfiction, but it is also fine storytelling. C. B. Mordan's evocative black-and-white line drawings... show off the rat to its best advantage—in moments both wicked and benign. This is a fine marriage of narration and illustration; a very fine book, indeed."
Children's Literature
"The lore and science of rats receive an enthusiastic treatment... Well-designed sidebars present additional related factoids for the eager reader. End matter provides both the author's bibliography and a number of titles for further reading, both nonfiction and fiction. Even the most rat-o-phobic reader will emerge with a heightened appreciation for the hardy rodent."
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Oh Rats! The Story of Rats and People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Did you know that rats can be flushed down a toilet a live? Did you know that rats sometimes fish with their tails? Did you know that a pair of rats could have 359 million descendants in 3 years? Learn these fun facts and many, many more in Albert Marrin's book Oh, Rats!Illustrations in black, white, and crimson decorate the book and sidebars on nearly every page provide additional fun facts. Although I do like the illustrations, they were a bit distracting because the full-page pictures do not have labels and sometimes I couldn't figure out what they were supposed to be illustrating.Mr. Marrin provides a bibliography at the end, as well as a short list of recommended reading. The neat thing is that he also includes a list of fictional books that feature rats as (good or evil) characters. I guess I was left wanting a little more from his bibliography and I wish he had included an author's note. But I will say that it's a greatly entertaining book and likely to appeal to kids.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Awesome book! Lots of interesting facts, well organized, cool pictures.
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