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Monday, 9 April 2012

Bat and Rat by Patrick Jenning

Bat and Rat

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.

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