Monday, 9 April 2012
Bat and Rat by Patrick Jenning
The urban Frog and Toad, Bat and Rat are two best friends in the city. Together, these nocturnal pals play in a jazz band and enjoy their favourite things: like dumpster diving in Chinatown (Rat is a rat, after all...). One hot summer night, they have a little adventure while going out for an ice cream cone and come up with the inspiration for the perfect new tune that is a testament to their friendship. Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell Bat and Rat captures the tenderness of classic while giving them a modern twist.
This is a picture story book that I would recommend for older children, age 7+. It is a book which has some Americanisms in, however these are few and far between.
The story is good, and is one which children will enjoy - full of ice cream! There is also a Bat, very popular with vampires etc in The Twilight Saga.
The illustrations are sketchy and cartoon like - very cleverly drawn.
Thank you to the publishers, Abrams, for sending me the book to review.