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The Highway Rat

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

From the bestselling creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom

Quick! Hide all your goodies! The Highway Rat's coming, and he's going to steal your snacks...

He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel - he even steals his own horse's hay! Can no one stop him?

The creators of Stick Man and A Gold Star for Zog stand and deliver this fabulous new story of a wickedly lovable villain who gets his just deserts.

Reviews and Awards

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

⋆ “Scheffler’s rich, dark palette creates a brooding atmosphere just right for the Highway Rat’s dastardly deeds, and his cartoon-style characters are a wonderful tongue-in-cheek contrast. Humorous details abound, including Gruffalo cookies in the cake shop from this British duo’s The Gruffalo. This well-paced, rollicking tale is a guaranteed storytime treat.” - School Library Journal, starred review

“Scheffler’s cartoon-style illustrations enhance the tongue-in-cheek rhyme with lively portraits of bug-eyed animals looking askance at the sword-wielding and not-particularly-fearsome Rat while adding numerous bereft or disapproving creatures to the action and an expressive sky to the mood. An entertaining read-aloud with art nicely sized for group sharing.” - Horn Book

“Scheffler’s drawings always offer plenty of pleasures: his bold ink lines and glowing colors give these pages a comic intensity, and his characters’ round, bright eyes exude a geeky earnestness.” - Publishers Weekly

“Donaldson and Scheffler deliver a lot of laughs…. A treat.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A rascally natural for group read-alouds.” - Booklist

Purchase Options
Indiebound  • Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Spring 2013
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-47758-1
Price: $16.99/$18.99
Trim Size: 11" x 10"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic UK
Translation Rights: Scholastic UK
Rights Available? yes