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The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
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Jun 08, 2012

Read in June, 2012

The highway rat by Julia Donaldson
Another great book from Julia Donaldson that evokes a vast range of images and emotions to the reader. Children love to see the story unfold as the highway rat steals senselessly from every creature he meets on the highway. The highway rat steals to keep up his reputation as a great thief and there is plenty of repetition in the book that ensures a high tempo pace throughout. I particularly liked the illustrations which portrayed the highway rat in a similar light to ‘Puss in Boots’. However the highway rat does eventually get his comeuppance through the unlikely form of a duck. The wily duck tricks the highway rat into a cave where he traps the highway rat. The highway rat eventually escapes but is so terrified by his experience that he decides to change his ways and work in a cake shop. This leaves the reader with mixed emotions of sympathy as well as dislike for the highway rat which makes it an extremely interesting read for all.
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