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Il est très intelligent et il est dégoutant...

Title : Le Rat
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ISBN : 9782896952328
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 202 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Le Rat Reviews

  • Justin Sorbara-Hosker
    2019-04-22 17:27

    Dad review: 4 stars. The boy is educated & entertained, he can read most of the words in here, and I enjoy them too, so this series is a winner for us. 5 & 1/2 year old boy's review: 5 stars to the whole series so far. This is our third, & not one has disappointed. Constant requests to re-read. Dad told little white lie about being unable to renew it from the library, actually. Mom "review" (paraphrasing, hypothetical, etc): "These books are gross. Dad has to read all these from here on out. Especially the one on head lice."

  • Lindsey Lewis
    2019-05-17 15:24

    Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGalley.The Rat is an informative yet hilarious investigation into a common household pest. The text is just as artful as the funny illustrations. My only complaint is that there is no clear line between fact/opinion and fact/exaggeration, which may become the teacher or guardian's responsibility to explain. I'm not talking about the jokes, like the rat picking his nose or eating a miniature copy of this book, which even smaller kids could understand were jokes. Or even the educational parts, like how rats carry many diseases.I didn't like, however, how rats were personified as mean or rude. Everyone thinks that rats are digusting, as this is the type of audience the book is aimed at, but I wish it would have taken a more factual approach to break some of those stereotypes, as rats can be very cute, fun, and lovable pets (this article explains the "attractions" of rats). Rats also serve an important niche in nature by disposing of some forms of trash, dispersal of seeds, and as a food source. While some of this is mentioned - their intelligence, for example - this was contradicted by non-facts like how they are meaner than mice.Maybe I'm being too hippie/sensitive, but I think children should be taught to respect and appreciate life in all forms. I also think that the unclear mixture of informative/fictionalized writing may confuse younger readers and possibly make them scared of rats rather than educating them, but parents could use this as a tool of discerning fact from opinion.

  • Storywraps
    2019-05-17 21:41

    I am going to feature another book in the series "about disgusting creatures". Today's book is entitled, "The Rat." Just by thumbing through and visually assessing it, you know that it will be a fun read because the pictures are witty, humorous and so kid-friendly. The expressions and talking bubbles personifies the rat and makes her character very endearing to the reader, even though a rat is a creature despised by many. The author blends the witty and clever with actual facts regarding this rodent which makes the book not only entertaining but educational as well, which I like. You will discover the Latin name for rat, her physical characteristics, the many practical uses of her tail, the agility and flexibility that she processes, and the astounding ability of the rat's teeth to grow up to 5 inches (13 centimetres) long if not filed down by chewing everything in sight. She expounds on the rat's creative and diversified diet plus the carefree way rats dispose of their body waste...anywhere, anytime is all good to them but not to us because their excretions can cause and spread nasty diseases. Rats are intelligent and are used by scientists to test, observe and compare their behaviours to humans.....who knew? Many people are so enamoured by rats that they actually keep them as pets. All in all I highly recommend this book and this entire series. It is wonderful to be exposed to a gem of a series that will appeal to young readers (and adults too) and teach them as well as entertain them as they read through each of the books.

  • Amber (bookstacksamber)
    2019-05-06 17:25

    ((I received this book for review from NetGalley))"Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to your new disgusting little friend: The Rat."This book is a non-fiction introduction to rats. Each page has a different topic, such as teeth, tail, and behaviors. There is a lot of facts, but everything is told in a humorous and interesting way that would keep the attention of younger students. This book does have some difficult vocabulary used (agile, incisors, clever), but not an excessive amount. Teachers could easily pre-teach the few unfamiliar words before reading the book with students.

  • Jay
    2019-05-07 18:45

    this copy provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publishers a cute and funny look at rats. a great start to children learning about these amazingly intelligent & super cute creatures

  • Michelle
    2019-05-19 16:31

    Not thrilled with this book. The series is called "Disgusting Critters". The book discusses the black (wild) rat. One page near the end says, "Even though most people find rats disgusting, some find them really cute and keep them as pets." I find that very misleading. Pet rats are domesticated. They are not from the streets. I wouldn't want a child reading this book and think they can keep a wild rat as a pet. I have pet rats. I am not happy with the negative image this book is portraying about rats in general.

  • Jason
    2019-05-05 22:39

    Category/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: NonfictionEstimate age level of interest: K-3Estimate of reading level: 3.6Brief description: A funny, illustrated book about the rat. Topics include the rat’s binomen, physical characteristics, abilities, habitat and use in scientific research. Identify at least two characteristic of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in this book: (1) In nonfiction books, accuracy is of primary importance. In The Rat, the author uses a combination of facts and humor to both entertain and inform the reader. Unfortunately, the delineation between what is fact and what is fantasy is somewhat unclear. While text within speech bubbles adds humor and the rest provides the facts, the distinction between the two could be made clearer. The rats in the book are also anthropomorphic, shown talking, wearing clothing, eating at a table and lounging at the beach, potentially adding to the confusion. (2) In nonfiction books, information is structured clearly with appropriate subheadings. Although subheadings are not used, the facts are organized by subtopic - common name, binomen, anatomy, abilities and habitat. (3) Nonfiction books are written in consideration of the book’s purpose and audience. The Rat is intended to provide a young readers with an introduction to the life of a rat. The author has clearly been selective in the information presented - it is not a comprehensive study of the rat nor is it meant to be. In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience?: The Rat is perfect nonfiction book for early readers. Elise Gravel’s use of accessible language, cartoon-style illustrations and humor will get students interested in rats without feeling overwhelmed. The mix of information and humor will keep the attention of young readers and likely inspire questions and further reading.Awards: NonePublished reviews from professional sources: Booklist (12/1/14), Horn Book Guide (4/1/15), Resource Links (10/1/14), School Library Journal (12/1/14)

  • Diah Didi
    2019-05-14 18:30

    Originally posted on Buku-Buku DidiI loved this book. A LOT!Let's start with the cover. It has a simple, wonderful illustration and first time I saw it, I was caught. Like, I really really had to get it. And knowing it's promoting real information in humorous way, I requested it right away. And I'm not disappointed. At all.Presented with cute font (one that looks like children hand-writing, I love those kind of fonts!), every page gave a short factual information about rat. There's also one or two BIG word that worked like a theme/title for the page. Although the illustration had said it itself very clear. It also had a little humor, told by the rat, in every page which I think it's cute because I felt like the rat is either helping or encountering the narrator with their own view/opinion.I don't like rats in real life. I hate it because, yeah, they're disgusting. But I must say I really love these rat characters in this book. I'm sure my nieces and nephews will find this book entertaining. Some information in this book helped me to gain more understanding about rat. Especially about how they manage to skip the trap we set most of time. Or how they manage to get into the house, the kitchen, the cupboard and so on. Of course, an adult is expected to read along with young readers to explain more about this and that. As an adult who loves cute books with wonderful designs and illustrations, it's definitely a must have. I can't wait to read the other books in the series and collect them all.Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-04-25 21:38

    This book is from the series Disgusting Critters. They are picture books for kids teaching them some facts about these creatures in a fun way. Since many kids like things that are sometimes disgusting, this series is a good idea to convey factual information. The facts contained in each book are varied and general in nature. In The Rat we are told about the two most common rats, brown and black, including the Latin name of the black rat. We are given some information on size, at least in relation to a mouse, and one page is dedicated to the tail and how it is used. For the tail, the book shows and talks about the rat picking its nose with it, obviously humour to adults, but perhaps confusing to the child reader. We learn about the athletic abilities of the rat, and about its teeth, including how the teeth stay sharp.We are told that they eat most things and can transmit diseases, but are very smart, are sometimes used in labs, and some people have them as pets.There is also one deliberate misspelling of a word for no obvious reasons, not necessarily a great idea for young learners.All in all, these books are a fun way to have kids learn about creatures they may not be all that familiar with. It's cool that these are by a Canadian author/illustrator and that they were originally written in French.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-02 17:27

    Rats! Who would have known that I’d be reading a book geared for children about rats? I didn’t. Debbie is quite the cute rat with her pink tail, long skinny arms and long whiskers. Her pictures are quite adorable. The accompany text is captivating and informational and the font style changes on some of the pages, shouting out to you and drawing you in, with big bold lettering and brighter colors. The story provided some great information about rats in a humorous manner, sometimes comparing items so you the reader can better grasp the concept and other times providing the information in a playful attitude. I think children will love to hear this entertaining story as they see the cute illustrations and learn interesting facts at the same time. I will be looking for other children’s books by Elise Gravel and I will definitely be reading this one when I am out in the classrooms teaching.I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion from NetGalley and Random House of Canada Limited.

  • Jane
    2019-04-30 21:34

    I used Elise Gravel’s series Disgusting Critters with an Early Readers book club back in the summer, and it was a big hit! The children each picked a book from the series (which also includes such kid-pleasing titles as The Slug, The Fly, and The Worm) to read, and shared what they learned with the rest of the group.This series works so well because it matches real biology with a zany sense of humour and wacky illustrations. The rat, a potentially frightening creature, becomes a cheeky little rascal, challenging any preconceived notions about this highly intelligent animal. Kids learn about the animal’s diet, anatomy, habitat, and behaviour in a way that doesn’t actually feel like learning (perfect for a summer program). The last thing an educational text should feel like is, well, an educational text! The entire series is kid-friendly from top to bottom, with a cute font that appears almost hand-written, and a balance of text and illustrations that makes each book an accessible nonfiction text for early readers. Highly recommended – and Canadian, too!

  • Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
    2019-05-01 22:22

    DESCRIPTION:One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Rat is a look at the black rat. It covers such topics as the rat's long, agile tail (it's good for balancing and picking noses), long teeth (they can chew through anything, including books) and disgusting taste in food (delicious electrical wires in tomato sauce, anyone?). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Rat contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.REVIEW:What a gross & genius way to introduce the importance of the rat to children. I love The Rat's funny illustrations and the fact that a lesson is taught to children as they laugh. Rats are gross and disgusting of course, but this humorous book is a huge success at making them funny and interesting. Love the illustrations!I was given this book for an honest review. The Rat is very well crafted for young children. The humor and creativity show the importance of a usually yucky subject.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-14 21:26

    A cute but honest book about one of the creatures that we all live with-the rat. Fun, scientific facts and wacky pictures fill the pages. Some of the facts and blurbs had my group of kids laughing hysterically, the rat has a tail that acts like a hands, useful when the rat wants to pick it's nose!The writing is appropriate for pre-k to about 3nd grade, I read it to a mixture of those. I liked that the book told not only of all of the disgusting things about rats that kids love, but why we need rats and how intelligent they are. This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.

  • Nelda Brangwin
    2019-05-21 22:41

    Ugh, what a book to read while I’m cleaning a rat infestation out of my pantry. RATS, who is every going to like them? Not me, even after reading this book…but maybe if those rodents I was dealing with were more like the ones in this book, I might not have felt so bad about sharing my food with them. Hey, they did make me do a thorough cleaning of an area I usually manage to ignore! But to the book…..guess that’s what a review should be about. There are a lot of facts in this book and illustrations manage to make the rats look interesting but in no way cute. If I were a librarian, I would consider buying the entire Disgusting Critters series for my collection. (Library Thing Review copy)

  • carrietracy
    2019-04-27 22:45

    Love it! The book is non-fiction with humorous asides (These are done via the rat's speech bubbles). The reading level is great for primary grades, there's plenty of tough vocabulary, and I could wish for a glossary, but otherwise, there aren't too many words on a page and the sentences are clear.I think kids will love this series and it's a real departure from what some might perceive as "boring" non-fiction.Added bonus - my toddler loves it - he sits still for the whole thing and says "again" at the end.

  • Lynn
    2019-04-28 15:47

    Fiction or non-fiction? Informational text combined with humor, part of the "Disgusting Critters" series. A rat asks for more of "those delicious electrical wires in tomato sauce."Illustrations rather than photos set on pale olive-green pages, the book is small, about 5"x8". Speech bubbles show the humor, and variety of font, set in black, or red or other colors provide the facts. End papers have pattern of repeated images of rats.I think these would be fun to read and learn info in a fun way.

  • Bill
    2019-05-02 17:21

    Hey, I’m a guy, and growing up a lot of my friends didn’t read much – I did – we were out in the country and there’s only so much messing around in the woods, fields and cornfields you can do – especially after dark – but we never had book like these!This is one GREAT series! Funny – informative too – including this oneabout rats – RATS ! – who wants them around?Unless they’re your pets of course!But this is hilarious – and you learn some stuff too – the best combo there is.

  • Rachel Placchetti
    2019-05-09 19:24

    Age: elementary Grossology animal nonfiction for kids who don't like animals, I guess? This book does present simple facts about rats in a funny, approachable way, and the art is cute, but those are my only positives. I was very put-off by the description of rats as good laboratory animals, and the author's repeated insistence that rats are mean and disgusting.

  • Jess
    2019-05-05 15:43

    Interesting, snarky, and fun. Rats can squeeze through holes the size of quarter. How awful.

  • Elaine Bearden
    2019-05-20 20:26

    gr.2-4This is a hilarious non-fiction book for kids. There is a rat who is the main character, so that part is anthropomorphi I love the page where the rat introduces herself as "rattus rattus" after the Latin, to "Debbie, Debbie." Kids won't even realize they are learning something. Perhaps for booktalking fourth grades. Definitely for third grades.

  • Melle
    2019-05-16 14:38

    I think this one is my favorite of the Disgusting Critters series thus far. A strangely educational and endearing look at one of the most feared and hated rodents. Fantastic use of humor. Weirdly delightful.

  • Eva Kelly
    2019-05-14 14:20

    If this isn't the best fact book ever, it's the FUNNIEST. But it's got great facts about RATS! Which are way different than mice, and I don't know if they're cute or not, but in this book, they're fun.So that makes you get the facts straight.So that's good.

  • Earl
    2019-05-23 16:19

    A disgusting yet delightful discovery, Elise Gravel's Disgusting Critters series introduces beginning readers to facts regarding certain familiar creatures. The humor and illustrations will appeal to kids and will want them to read more. Addicting for adults as well!

  • Paula Hollohan
    2019-05-09 21:40

    Great mixture of presenting non-fiction information in a picture book format with a talking rat. It would be very popular with those who love Fly Guy and other mixed non-fiction and fiction picture books.

  • Library
    2019-05-16 19:28

    Many young boys, especially reluctant readers, will devour this book. Hilarious commentary from rats on each page and great illustrations make reading the facts fun. At only 32 pages, I fear this book might be too brief to be useful for many school projects.

  • Ingrid
    2019-05-13 22:33

    This book is part of the disgusting critters series and I can see it being a big hit with students. The book combines facts about rats with cute pictures and funny dialogue.

  • Jill Pickle
    2019-04-30 20:46

    I object to the very premise of the rat being a disgusting creature ... But this book is kinda cute anyway. Wish they covered how sweet and friendly rats can be.

  • Shelli
    2019-05-12 16:45

    A nice addition to any elementary classroom learning about rodents, especially if one is the classroom pet. A quick, easy yet informative read about Rattus Rattus.

  • Nikki
    2019-05-22 18:33

    This would be great read for younger students, it has quirky illustrations, good humor, and also provides a great introduction to the rat.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-09 15:45

    This whole series is a fun twist on juvenile non-fiction, full of quick wit and simple yet captivating illustrations that will keep readers laughing as they learn.