The Highway Rat-9781407170732

The Highway Rat

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Author: Donaldson, Julia, Scheffler, Axel

Picture storybooks

Published on 7 July 2016 by Scholastic (Alison Green Books) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 32 pages
249 x 279 x 6 | 224g


The rollicking adventurous picture book from the number

one bestselling author and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick

Man and Zog.

'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


Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning


Shiny foil highlights on the cover makes this a special gift

for toddlers

A fabulous, rollicking rhyme, in the style of the famous

Alfred Noyes poem, 'The Highwayman', from the UK's number one

picture book author and illustrator

Perfect read-aloud rhyming text and stunning pictures on every

page with lots of details to spot

Adventure, friendship and learning to be kind are at

the heart of this story

The Highway Rat has been adapted into a popular

animated film starring voices from David Tennant (Highway

Rat), Nina Sosanya (Duck), Rob Brydon (Horse), Tom Hollander

(Squirrel) and Frances de la Tour (Rabbit)

The animated film of Tabby McTat stars

voice artists including Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) as the narrator,

Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey) as Fred, Sope Dirisu (Gangs

of London) as Tabby McTat, alongside Cariad Lloyd, Joanna Scanlan

and Susan Wokoma.

Look out for Jonty Gentoo by Julia

Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in 2024.


Praise for The Highway Rat:

'A classic picture book ... great to read aloud' BBC Radio 4 'Front


'Donaldson's ear for rhyme is unequalled and Scheffler's busy, funny

illustrations make this ideal for reading aloud' Daily Mail