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That Pesky Rat

A funny, touching picture book from Children’s Laureate, and Charlie and Lola creator, Lauren Child.

Rat lives in dustbin Number 3, Grubby Alley. At night, when he’s tucked up in his crisp packet, Rat looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. To have a home of his own . . .

Gently exploring themes of homelessness and poverty, this is the perfect way to talk about this often tricky subject with young children and encourage them to empathise with others.

Our Review Panel says...

This is a hilarious picture book from the popular author Lauren Child. It follows the story of a brown rat that lives in the garbage bin but stares through the windows of the houses at night, longing for a real home of his own.

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