RATS! by Pat Hutchins

RATS! by Pat HutchinsEver wanted a pet so desperately that you schemed and plotted to get your parents to agree to you having one. If yes you will empathise with the main character of this story, Sam.

Sam is determined to have a pet rat and buys one before he has persuaded his parents that it would be a good idea. In his quest to get them to agree Sam uses everything he can. In a round about way he suddenly lets his parents know that he can read and really doesn’t need the additional support the school is giving him, he shows concern about his father’s health and interest in his father’s model train hobby. He complements his mother on her shoes and then get a killer question in about whether or not his father has seen them.

Finally his parents relent and Sam has his pet RAT. Things do not go as smoothly as Sam hopes and before the last page has been turned he goes from having one pet rat to having nine. Mum and babies are doing well. This leaves Sam more time to widen his interest in pets. Snakes!

This book is out of print but is still available in school libraries and probably in school libraries.


About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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