A sharper friend you'll never find!
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The Year of the Rat
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-011-4, 9.5 x 10
"Rats dream as we dream, in epic narratives of navigation and thwarted efforts at escape"
- New York Times
2008 is the Year of the Rat! With his parents' blessing, the baby rat Ralph investigates the village with his new friend, the boy Bing. But being accepted isn't as easy as Ralph would like, especially since some of his hereditary habits are hard to break. But when things go awry at Bing's birthday party, how can Ralph help if he's locked in the barn? Surely this rodent has some tricks up his sleeve to save the day!
Ralph's high-flying journey to be true to his character will amuse children and adults alike. Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to new parents, those interested in Asian culture, and lovers of classic pig tales.
The Year of the Rat is the third in the annual series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac.
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More praise for Year of the Rat
"Bing's new pet, baby rat Ralph, proves to be a handful as he must learn to mind his own business and rein in his curiosity, not to mention his uncontrollable gnawing. Of course, his smarts and resourcefulness eventually save the day. The third in Chin's animal zodiac series provides a waggish romp exploring the characteristics of those born in the upcoming Year of the Rat (like my Ralph-like daughter)."
- The Bloomsbury Review
"The colorful, simple illustrations are brimming with unfettered enthusiasm in this charming children's story."
- Midwest Book Review
"The illustrations are colorful and expressive."
- School Library Journal
"Chin's story brings the Year of the Rat to life with his endearing characters and an amusing storyline. The cartoon-like drawings by Miah Alcorn, who has partnered with Chin for all three books, bring enthusiasm and added energy to Chin's tale and characters. Though recommended for elementary students, The Year of the Rat is steeped in Asian culture and will appeal to readers of all ages. And even if readers cannot engage personally with the traits of the Rat, they will certainly be able to identify with Ralph's feats and struggles."
- Paper Tigers