Not since Ratatouille have rats been so unnerving yet gleefully entertaining.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An amusingly ferocious illustration of the benefits of sharing…
[A] zany riff on the familiar “mouse takes the cheese” refrain. … Pencil and digitally colored drawings, rendered in muted shades of red and blue, portray dozens of individual rodents in endless, hilarious detail. … With its spare, repetitive language, oddball humor, and just enough “ick” factor, this tale is sure to entertain young children in a group read-aloud while offering a satisfying lesson on the value of sharing.
—School Library Journal
The illustrations … are sure to produce squeals of fright and delight from readers. Surprisingly, there is a great lesson about sharing tucked neatly into the last pages, which gives this silly story a little extra heart. … Any way that a young reader experiences this book, whether during individual reading or in a group, this will be fun.
The rules-lawyering is rhythmic and sonorous as well as conceptually appealing, and the breathlessness of the expansions is kid-true and readaloud-amusing. … [T]he individual rats are comedic exaggerated figures with cartoonish details… It won’t take much to convince kids to come up with their own additional layers of rat-law hierarchy (smellier rats? louder rats?), so this could easily become an absurd entry in a language arts unit as well as just an entertaining twist on jungle rules.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books