Bat and Rat

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Harry N. Abrams, May 1, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
16 Reviews
Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, dumpster diving in Chinatown, writing songs, and playing in a band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tune—for they realize theirfavoritefavorite is each other.
Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations,Bat and Ratcaptures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist.

Praise forBat and Rat

“Cordell’s starry cityscapes combine with Jennings’ gentle text for an agreeable read-aloud—with a cherry on top.” —Kirkus Reviews

"The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story."
School Library Journal

"Cordell’s images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve O’Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jennings’ focused attention on a unique and caring relationship."
Library Media Connection



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Lots of fun, particularly the illustrations. - Goodreads
... hollow and the illustrations weren't memorable. - Goodreads
Watercolor and pencil illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. The story was nothing special, but the illustration was fun. Actual rating: 2 stars for the text, 4 stars for the illustrations. Read full review

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User Review  - Gabriel Wallis - Goodreads

Honestly, I thought "Bat and Rat" was just an okay story. I had a great time reading it to my son, though, but the storyline just seemed like it lacked something of value. It was about a piano playing ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Patrick Jennings is the author of the critically acclaimed middle-grade novels We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes and Guinea Dog. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington. Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of Trouble Gum and Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. He lives in Gurnee, Illinois.

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