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The Year of the Rat
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-147-0, 9.5 x 10

"Rats dream as we dream, in epic narratives of navigation and thwarted efforts at escape"
- New York Times

2020 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 tales featuring mice, such as Stuart Little.

The Year of the Rat is the third in the annual series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac. The revised edition is bilingual in simplified Chinese.

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More praise for Year of the Rat

Mom "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


Ralph January 25, 2020

"Starred Pick for Kids and Parents: Furry Fantasy: Ralph is a curious and friendly baby rat, who finds himself in all sorts of pickles as he tries to make friends and understand the world around him…Just when Ralph thinks he's lost all hope of making friends, he gets the chance to save the day and discovers that his seeming liabilities aren't to bad after all."
-Audrey Magazine

"RBF Approved - We Tested, We Love: The illustrated children's book The Year of the Rat by Oliver Chin is super cute about a little rat who gets into trouble with the family of humans he lives with because he gnaws a little too much and hoards items he shouldn't be hoarding. Bright, colorful illustrations, a cute cast of characters and a lesson that sometimes we need to be true to ourselves made this a delightful read."
- Rare Bird Finds

"This story is just so sweet and the illustrations have that beautiful classic cartoon feel. Makes me proud to be a rat!"
- Coquette

"People born in the Year of the Rat have special qualities that are personified in Ralph, our hero"
- American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association, Rat & Mouse Tales

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 720L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): K
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 18