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Rodent Rascals

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Meet the rodents of the world in this illustrated guide to 21 species of rascally creatures!

What is the smallest rodent in the world? What is the biggest? How long can rodents live? How do they find mates? Find out all this and more in this wonderfully detailed new book from award-winning author-illustrator Roxie Munro.

With bright, life-sized illustrations and simple text
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Holiday House
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If you (or your children) are at all scientifically or ecologically interested in or fascinated by rodents as a mammalian class (and indeed, if you are also not so keen on only or at least mostly obtaining information and details on rodents as potentially harmful pests to be exterminated, to be destroyed), Roxie Munro's 2018 Rodent Rascals is a truly wonderful (and first and foremost interesting, enlightening) picture book introduction to twenty one rodent species (from the pygmy jerboa to the ...more
Ms. B
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Rodents have gotten a bad rap. Author Rosie Munro argues otherwise in this book that sheds new light on these creatures.
Melissa Mcavoy
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. Great facts and life size illustrations of a variety of rodents. (The largest mammal family!)
Excellent with good backmatter, sources and further reading.
A couple points off for:
The title - oh why rascals? At end of introduction the only (lame) explanation is “These mammals have distinct characteristics, many different lifestyles, and one way or another are rodent rascals!” Say what?

Also a little uncomfortable that in introduction the first Country, and the only one mentioned twice
Great book for Grades 1-4; students can read or listen to you read aloud for lots of different purposes including pure thrill at such interesting facts and the actual size of these creatures revealed in the illustrations.

IF YOU BOOK TALK THIS and leave in the classroom library, I might just share a the title and a few unfamiliar facts that Munro includes posed as questions like the following:
*Did you know the naked mole rat uses its teeth to dig and that's why it's lips are behind its teeth? So
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Did you know that the gentle capybara has been trained as a seeing-eye guide animal for the blind? Did you know that the African giant pouched rat can detect tuberculosis? In fact, they can accurately evaluate more lab samples in 10 minutes than a human can in an entire day! Did you know chinchillas take dust baths to absorb oil and dirt from their fur? These are just a few of the fascinating facts you will learn about rodents in this book! Rodent lovers will love hearing about a wide range of ...more
Interesting information on various rodents. Did you know that rats are so clever that they help electricians? Or that Punxatawney Phil has been predicting the coming of Spring since 1886? Some of these critters normally give me the heebie-jeebies, but this book gave me some new insight on some of these guys.

Cute pictures!
Fiction State Of Mind
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very educational
Laura Giessler
Did you know that a house mouse sings songs so high-pitched that humans can't hear them? Or that chipmunks' cheeks expand to three times of the size of their head? That giant flying Asian squirrels can be two feet wide? The author does a convincing job of describing the Norway--most common--rat as a superhero, able to climb straight up brick walls, gnaw through iron bars and concrete, and drag wires through walls for electricians. Hero rats, aka African giant pouched rats, sniff out dangerous ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
With India ink and acrylic ink illustrations to show off each of the animals described in this book, the author/illustrator introduces readers to the fascinating world of rodents. Clearly, there is a wide variety of these animals, which vary in size, shape, and even habits. The book begins with the small pygmy jerboa and concludes with the capybara, the world's largest rodent. Along the way, readers will learn interesting facts about these animals, including how fast some can move, how one ...more
Teresa Bateman
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
According to the author, rodents are the single largest order of mammals. She has selected 21, from small to large, to highlight in this interesting and informative book. An introductory page presents general information about rodents, and the roles they play in our world. Then the author writes paragraphs about her highlighted rodents, from the pygmy jerboa to the capybara. Each is accompanied by a beautiful acrylic illustration showing the highlighted rodent (or a portion thereof) in actual ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Munro, Roxie Rodent Rascals Holiday House, 2018. $18 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION Content: G

Get acquainted with members of the rodent family! So many different furry friends are waiting to meet you as you learn all about their life cycles, habitats, and unique qualities.

Life-sized illustrations accompany a book overflowing with facts about the rodent world. Young readers who are interested in animals and want to learn more about rats, guinea pigs, capybaras, and more will be endlessly entertained.

This picture book overview of rodents introduces kids to the wide variety of species included in this order - from smallest (the jerboa) to largest (the capybara). Animals are illustrated to show their true size and each gets a page description. More information about each rodent is included at the end of the book, and there is also a glossary, bibliography (sources), and some websites for those who can't get enough. Kids will be curious about these critters and eager to learn more after this ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rodent Rascals is a nonfiction picture book that includes over twenty rodents including hamsters, pygmy jerboa, muskrats, porcupines, naked mole rats, lemmings, chipmunks, prairie dogs, groundhogs, beavers, and capybara. The information on each animal is thorough and the rodents are all organized by size. An index, glossary, and recommended websites are included. Great for animal reports for some hard-to-find critters. Illustrations are in full-color and hand drawn.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed how this book gave interesting information about various rodents according to size. Realistic illustrations showed tiny pygmy jerboas, naked mole rats, and lemmings all the way to large porcupines, beavers, and capybaras. There is also a detailed introduction, glossary, and a variety of resources for more information. This would be a great resource for animal lovers as well as science classrooms.
Stephanie Tournas
This is a charming nonfiction book on rodents for the young. From small as a mouse to large as a beaver, both familiar as the squirrel and exotic as the capybara, this book presents 21 life sized rodents out of the largest order of mammals. The ink and acrylic illustrations are realistic, while somehow imbuing the rodents with a bit of attitude. Facts are age appropriate and more information is included about each rodent in the back matter, which also includes a glossary, sources and an index.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though charming appealing illustrations and well researched text readers are introduced to the variety of rodents that populate the world and offer joy as pets, eating delicacies, and other positive roles as opposed to the stereotypes and prejudices often associated with them. Many have very special talents. Lots of reader appeal.
Lynn  Davidson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in rodents this is the book to read. Amazing facts, life size images of 21 different rodents.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like the layout of the book. Great illustrations and cool facts sure to intrigue kids.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
From the tiniest pygmy jerboa to the large capybara, Rodent Rascals looks at the amazing world of rodents both near and far. Creatures on every continent except Antarctica show amazing adaptations to their environments. Some can jump 9 or even 10 feet, others can glide through the air or build watertight homes. Read to discover which has an unusual tail that helps it to swim, or which is clever enough to use "heat dumping" to keep itself cool in the desert. Find out which are used to help locate ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-6-non-fiction
Many young readers own some of the 21 rodents as pets, featured in this title. The introduction begins with amazing anecdotes about them. Surprisingly in France rats living in wine sellers, when cooked with olive oil and shallots, make a tasty dish. Each of the 21 rodents described shares a paragraph with interesting tidbits such as, lemmings when diving off a cliffs are not trying to commit suicide, they know their territory is overpopulated and require a new home. This type of migration ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Animal lovers will be enthralled by this descriptive introduction to 21 species of rodent from the smallest, the pygmy jerboa to the largest, the “sweet-looking” capybara. Along with detailed, actual size illustrations that focus on the cuteness factor of each animal, a description is provided that emphasizes their distinct characteristics and value. Prairie dogs have a vocabulary that is more complex than any other animal language. Chinchillas have fur so dense they must bathe with dirt rather ...more
Jody Lewandowski
Some facts were surprising and kept me reading to find more new things like "hero rats." But some of the featured rodents did not have as much interesting info. Some of the illustrations were so cute! The idea that they were true-to-life sized was great, but I had a hard time seeing it as actual scale. The pygmy jerboa, for instance, still looked too big. And in fact, the house mouse, seemed huge for the few I've seen. And the chipmunk... Anyway, my daughter and I enjoyed reading through these ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you want to find out about rodents, this is the book for you! Just in the introduction alone, I learned about people eating rodents all around the world--watch out for those fun facts if you have sensitive kids!--the pictures are wonderful and the facts are comprehensive.
Miss Sarah
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-nonfiction
An early elementary nonfiction book about all types of rodents. Easy to follow and the afterward wasn't necessary to enjoy the book.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of interesting facts.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Basic info on some rodents with large as life pictures.
Melinda Bender
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
For some reason I was really intrigued with the history that rodents have had with humans. Very surprised to learn how some were even used to work.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easily digestible information, and I love that the rodents are painted at actual size.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hate rodents. But this book was tolerable. Cute for kids.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Would be a nice option for libraries looking for a nice easy informational book to add to their 590s. Good information, I would just prefer actual pictures of the rodents rather than illustrations.
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Roxie Munro has been an artist from the age of six, when she won first prize in a county-wide contest for a painting of a bowl of fruit. She has supported herself all her life on her art, at one point freelancing in Washington DC as a television courtroom artist. Clients included CBS, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of "The New ...more
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