HOW-TO RAT BOOKS
- Ducommun, Debbie: Rats!: For Today's Pet Owner, Bowtie, 1998. The most
accurate rat care book available.
- Bucsis and Somerville: Training Your Pet Rat, Barron's Books, 2000. Basic
rat care and training information.
- Bianchi, John: The Lab Rat of Doctor Eclair, Bungalo Books, 1997.
A bolt of lightning strikes the lab of Dr Eclair which transforms three
of his lab rats into super rodents, who
then assist the scientist in constructing an artificial rat. Reading
level: ages 4-8.
- Cox, Judy: Third Grade Pet, Holiday House, 1998.
Fearing for the safety of the third grade's pet rat, Cheese, Rosemary
takes him home in her backpack. Mayhem
ensues. Reading level: grades 2-4.
- Erlbach, Arlene: My Pet Rat.
A 12 year-old girl learns to care for her pet rat. Reading level: grades
- Glaser, Linda: Rosie's Birthday Rat.
Rosie's rat-phobic mom surprises her on her birthday with a black and
white baby rat, who she names
Midnight. Reading level: ages 4-8.
- Grahame, Kenneth: The Wind in the Willows.
Enter the world of the great river and meet the marvelous riverbank
animals. The Water Rat is the star for our
purposes. Reading level: ages 9 and older.
- Horwood, William: The author wrote these sequels to Grahame's classic:
The Willows in Winter: The animals are drawn into a wild goose chase
involving plummeting airplanes,
tumbles in the freezing river, and courtroom drama.
Toad Triumphant: Mole and Rat journey up the river in order to "get a
little nearer to the mystery we have
Willows and Beyond: While Rat is communing with the river, he senses that
something is terribly wrong.
When it becomes clear that the fate of their beloved river bank is
threatened, all the animals rally together to
save it. Reading level: ages 9-12.
- Krailing, Tessa: Oscar the Fancy Rat (Petsitters Club, No 7). Barron's
Educational Series, 1999.
The petsitters are taking care of cute, furry, and friendly Oscar until
he disappears. Sniffing out Oscar
may save his life. Reading level: ages 9-12.
- Meddaugh, Susan: Cinderella's Rat.
Cinderella's fairy godmother turns the rat into a coachman. "I was born a
rat. I expected to be a rat all my
days. But life is full of surprises." Reading level: ages 4-8.
- O'Brien, Robert C.: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
A widowed mouse, whose home and family are threatened by humans, turns to
the rats whose former
imprisonment in a laboratory, NIMH, made them wise and long lived:
Injections that they received rendered
them literate. Reading level: ages 9-12.
- Conly, Jane Leslie: Racso and the Rats of NIMH.
This is a sequel to O'Brien's tale. Timothy Fisby, a field mouse, teams
up with the adventurous young rat,
Racso, to prevent the destruction of a secret community of rats that can
read and write. R-T, Margaret,
and the Rats of NIMH introduces two children into Thorn Valley.
- O'Donovan, Dermot: Silas Rat and the Nuclear Tail.
Wolfsbane Nuclear Power Plant, commanded buy Dr. Slobadon Hitchcock,
looms over Cheeseham river.
Exterminator Lucius Esox lures the rats into Devil's Tombstone. Can they
escape? Can they get Int. Nuclear Fuels closed down before everyone
becomes radioactive? Reading level: ages 9-12.
- Potter, Beatrix: The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or the Roly-Poly Pudding.
She dedicates this tale to her own pet rat: "In remembrance of Sammy, the
intelligent, pink-eyed representative of a
persecuted (but irrepressible) race. An affectionate little friend, and
most accomplished thief." Reading level: ages 4-8.
- Rosenthal, Rachel: Tatti Wattles: a Love Story, Smart Art Press, 1997.
Performance artist and animal rights activist wrote this tale about her
beloved free range rat, Tatti Wattles. Tatti leads
Rachel on a journey of self-discovery. "To love an animal is to truly
love." Her article on Tatti appeared in the
Rat & Mouse Gazette. Reading level: all ages.
- Seidler, Tor: A Rat's Tale.
Montague, an artistic young rat living beneath the streets of New York
City, must save his friends from
extermination. Reading level: grades 4-8.
- Swentzell, Porter P: The Story of Rosie's Rat: a True Story, La Alameda
Press, 1995. Reading level: ages 9-12.
- Verne, Jules: Adventures of the Rat Family: a Fairy Tale.
A rat family makes its way up the evolutionary ladder from oyster to
human, with the help of good fairy Firmenta.
But they must contend with the evil prince Gardafour. Rata, Ratanne,
Ratonne, Raton, Ratine, and Rate live in
Ratopolis. Reading level: ages 9-12.
- White, E.B.: Charlotte's Web.
The center of attention is Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider adept
at P.R. Templeton is the barn rat
and a gourmand, who is rewarded for his efforts. Reading level: ages 9-12.
- Yen, Clara: Why Rat Comes First: a Story of the Chinese Zodiac.
This is a folktale that explains why the Rat is the first of the 12
animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Reading level: ages 4-8.
- Grass, Gunter: The Rat
A female rat engages the human narrator in a series of dialogues
demonstrating that the rats will inherit a devastated
- Hodgson, Barbara, ed.: The Rat: a Perverse Miscellany, Ten Speed Press,
The editor capitalizes on the mystery surrounding the rat to present a
sensationalized history of the rat: packed with
rat facts, fiction, lore, maps, and even a glossary. She also examines
the rat's role in science, literature, and of course film.
- Kotzwinkle, William: Doctor Rat.
This is an exploration of the use of animals in human research, from the
perspective of the lab rat who has been in
the lab a little too long. This enlightening tale is not for squeamish
- Kwok, Man-Ho: Chinese Horoscopes Library: Rat.
"Gregarious, intelligent, and polite, the Rat has an ever-widening social
circle." This book focuses on the Rat in
Chinese astrology. The author is a revered Chinese astrologer.
- Wilson, David Henry: The Coachman Rat.
This new dark version of the Cinderella story is told from the rat's
perspective. A fairy godmother grants Robert the
rat's wish to be human when she transforms him into the coachman for the
night to chauffeur Amadea (Cinderella
stand-in) to the ball. (Fiction)
- Zaniewski, Andrzej. Rat.
A rat struggles for survival in a modern world controlled by human
civilization. The author suggests that this is also
"a novel about the laws that govern society, about our mythologies, our
truths and lies, about love and hope,
loneliness and nostalgia." (Fiction)