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  • Orchard Books

That Pesky Rat

Lauren Child

8 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Early Years, Interest age: from c 3 years, Fiction, Picture books, Picture storybooks, Animal stories (Children's / Teenage), Social issues (Children's / Teenage)


A heartwarming and funny tale of friendship and belonging from the award-winning, multi-million-selling creator of Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child.

A funny, touching picture book from Children's Laureate, and Charlie and Lola creator, Lauren Child.

Rat lives in dustbin Number 3, Grubby Alley. At night, when he's tucked up in his crisp packet, Rat looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. To have a home of his own . . .

Gently exploring themes of homelessness and poverty, this is the perfect way to talk about this often tricky subject with young children and encourage them to empathise with others. At least 10% of the purchase price of every copy of That Pesky Rat sold will be donated to St Mungo's Broadway, a charity providing help, support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

'Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable' Guardian

'Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child' Mail on Sunday Winner of the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award

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Praise for That Pesky Rat

  • Brilliant. Completely brilliant - Times Educational Supplement

  • Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter - Mail on Sunday

  • Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable - Guardian

  • A witty, enjoyable story accompanied by Lauren Child's famously stunning collages - Waterstones Books Quarterly

  • Delivered with Child's customary mix of charm and wit... packed with humour and warmth - Junior

  • Here's a book to make you smile... wonderfully quirky - Northern Echo

  • A wonderfully funny, touching tale from Lauren Child - East Cumbria News and Star

  • Witty and affecting... children will love her winning tale - Books Magazine

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Lauren Child

Lauren Child has sold over 3 million books worldwide and is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today. She won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects.



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