Friday, May 1, 2015

Dirty Rats? by Darrin Lunde -OPTIONAL

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.

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