Oh Rats!: The Story of Rats and People

Oh Rats!: The Story of Rats and People

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Overview

Prepare to be disgusted, amazed, shocked (and informed) by the astonishing and mysterious creature that has annoyed humanity for centuries:

Rats!


Able to claw straight up a brick wall, squeeze through a pipe the width of a quarter, and gnaw through iron and concrete, rats are also revealed in this fascinating book to be incredibly intelligent and capable of compassion. Weaving together science, history, culture, and folklore, award-winning writer Albert Marrin offers a look at rats that goes from the curious to repulsive, horrifying to comic, fearsome to inspiring. Arresting black-and-white scratchboard illustrations with bold red accents add visual punch to this study of a creature that has annoyed, disgusted, nourished, and intrigued its human neighbors for centuries.
* "[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
 
“Pleasantly icky.”
Booklist
 

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Includes bibliography, further reading list, and a list of rats in literature

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147512819
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 282,448
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.”
Booklist
 
"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."
Kirkus Reviews
 
A Junior Library Guild Selection

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Oh Rats! The Story of Rats and People 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gkuhns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of interesting rat facts is perfect for the young reader who does not mind a bit of the macabre. The work provides 48 pages of rat anecdotes that range from the disgusting to the merely enlightening. The red-tinged illustrations, resembling woodcuts, add an ominous tone to an otherwise lighthearted look at those pesky rodents.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book about rats. The best part is that it encourages questioning, as it was a encounter with a rat that led to the author researching them. It is a little lengthy, but can be read by young readers in a few sessions.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting book about the aspects of rats - I learned a lot. :) Read it if you want to know about rats too.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Lots of interesting facts, well organized, cool pictures.
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