Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Picture Book Review – Catch That Rat – Caryl Hart (Author) & Tom McLaughlin (Illustrator)

Picture Book Review – Catch That Rat – Caryl Hart (Author) & Tom McLaughlin (Illustrator)

Recommended for - Toddlers/Younger Readers


I love, love, LOVE when a new picture book comes through, and from a quick flick through you can tell that it’s going to be a colourful and quirky adventure, just from the way the artist chooses to weave the words within the illustrations.

Catch That Rat is a story about a succession of people attempting to a catch a rat that causes mayhem throughout the town and beyond – but is shouting and chasing it really the best way to catch it?

It's great to read a picture book that builds and builds momentum, taking children on an exciting trip before giving them a different ending than that which they were expecting. There’s the wonderful refrain of the title throughout, which is perfect to read to children as they love to join in – I'm always on the lookout for stories that the children can join in with for Storytime at the library, and this is going to be perfect for it. I won’t spoil where the chase leads, but children will love it – it’s out of the blue but fits perfectly for a quirky children’s story.

I mentioned how well the illustrations caught my eye when I opened the book, and I really can’t praise them enough – it’s almost as if they've been cut out and stuck on the page, and have several different styles amongst them. They’re bright, colourful and different from the norm, and I’d love to see some more of the illustrator’s work.

Catch That Rat? Get out there and catch this book as soon as you can!


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