Lunde, Darrin Dirty Rats? Charlesbridge, 2015. $16.95 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
This book starts out with confirming everyone’s common
preconceptions about rats: they are dirty, eat garbage, and scary. Next this
book delves into how much more and how different rats are from these
misconceptions. We learn about the species that endangered, never eat garbage,
and help humans to cure disease. We learn how rats of all kinds help to spread
and plant seeds and act as food for larger animals.
I have news for you, most kids think rats are pretty cool. The
concept for this book is from a very grownup perspective. The illustrations are
well crafted but every single one appears to have a darkening filter over it,
so everything is cast in shadow and gloom. What’s funny is that just today I
was just contemplating a lesson plan about the Black Plague and don’t think
that even this book could save their reputation after such a lesson.
EL(K-3) – OPTIONAL Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.