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Oct 14, 2008
| ISBN 9780440422280
| 6-9 years
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Jan 25, 2012
| ISBN 9780307556905
| 6-9 years
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Oct 14, 2008 | ISBN 9780440422280 | 6-9 years
Jan 25, 2012 | ISBN 9780307556905 | 6-9 years
ONCE UPON A time, in a grand castle, there lived a rat named Bob, who was fond of baking and wild about reading. So begins Bob’s quest to save himself from being eaten by Muffin and Brutus, the Queen’s cats. How does Bob attempt to escape their claws? By telling them fractured fairy tales about his whole rat family (and feeding them cookies).
How does a cookie-baking Rat named Bob save his tail from being gobbled by two hungry cats? By serving them cookies and telling them fantastic fairy tales about his family, of course. There’s the story about great-grand uncle Mustard who upgrades his family to a lovely three-bedroom brick house. (All’s well until some wolves with snout-warts show up.) And there’s the one about how starving Grandma Lois was forced to take a job spinning straw into gold. (Impossible to do . . . until a hairy chimney troll comes along.)
With allusions to classic fairy tales, plus a storytelling rat to rival Scheherazade, this book—which also includes black-and-white illustrations, a family tree, and a map of Bob’s neighborhood—is sure to hold both cats and kids captive.
Mary Hanson earned her library degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lives with her husband, two children, three cats, and one dog in Santa Barbara, California. She loves to read, spin gold, and eat cookies.
“Clever and cunning, this is a recipe for laugh-out-loud fun, especially as a read-aloud.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred“Surprising and hilarious.”—The Bulletin
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