If we could only pick one Donaldson Scheffler book it would be Snail and the Whale which I find just magical, followed by the Spiffiest Giant in Town, Stick Man, The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, and then The Highway Rat tied with A Squash and a Squeeze.
All these books rise so far above the average children s books they re captivating Ranking several of the Julia Donaldson books above The Highway Rat is a reflection of the many top notch children s books this author has written, not a diss of this book Highly recommend them all There are also many good Julia Donalson books that she wrote using different illustrators the all time best of these is Tyranasaurus Drip.
From The Bestselling Author And Illustrator Duo Of The Gruffalo Give Me Your Buns And Your Biscuits Give Me Your Chocolate Eclairs For I Am The Rat Of The Highway, And The Rat Thief Never Shares Life Is Not Safe For The Other Animals, As The Villainous Highway Rat Gallops Along The Highway, Stealing Their Food Clover From A Rabbit Nuts From A Squirrel He Even Steals His Own Horse S Hay Will He Finally Meet His Comeuppance, In The Form Of A Cunningduck A Fabulous, Rollicking Rhyme, In The Style Of The Famous Alfred Noyes Poem, The Highwayman From The Ceators Of The Gruffalo, Stick Man And ZOG, Which Have All Been Made Into Animated Films Shown On BBC It rhymes nicely, my 2 and 1 2 months old knows some of the rhymes and goes around in the house saying stand and deliver We saw the movie on iTunes first and then had to get the book I love almost all her books, and I am able to recite big parts if not all the book after a few days of avidly reading them The Rat replaced the Stick Man who replaced the Grufallo or the big bad mouse.
It s a god story, a spin off from the poem The Highway Man I m giving the book to my grandchildren for Christmas I don t know how they will like it but I will like reading it to them.
I have read ROOM ON THE BROOM to my grandson for about 4 years now Axel Sheffler s illustrations are an absolute delight as they are in this story And the homage to the poem THE HIGHWAYMAN was clever BUT, the story fell flat when the deeds of the rat could have been resolved in a dramatic way He just faded into oblivion I must add that some of the characters took the initiative when the time was right to outsmart their oppressor The theme that Bad Guys Never Win is reinforced My grandson loves the book I upgraded my rating because my grandson who is now 7, still remembers the story and loves the adventure in the tale So, because it is unforgettable, I give it a 5 stars.
We own nearly all Julia Donaldson books, and this one is just okay The illustrations are per usual brilliant, but the story is just so so and a bit tiresome Our faves Gruffalo, Gruffalo s Child, Superworm, Room on the Broom, Tiddler, and Stick Man.
My daughter really loves this book and now there is the tv adaptation Such a great book I have several of books written by Julia Donaldson s and frankly found this one not up to her level The story was mediocre and didn t flow well, the rhymes were somewhat forced, and the ending was not developed It was an overall disappointment Recommend that all Julia Donaldson fans avoid purchasing this book I recommend several of her other books A Squash and a Squeeze, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town, The Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo.