The Highway Rat

The Highway Rat By Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler, The Highway Rat Highway Rat
  • Title: The Highway Rat
  • Author: Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler
  • ISBN: 9781407139326
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Board book
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    1. Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler

      Growing upI grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey who was really a prince in disguise Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him.Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us A wind up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar playing medic to whom I m now married Busking and booksBefore Malcolm and I had our three sons we used to go busking together and I would write special songs for each country the best one was in Italian about pasta The busking led to a career in singing and songwriting, mainly for children s television I became an expert at writing to order on such subjects as guinea pigs, window cleaning and horrible smells We want a song about throwing crumpled up wrapping paper into the bin was a typical request from the BBC I also continued to write grown up songs and perform them in folk clubs and on the radio, and have recently released two CDs of these songs One of my television songs, A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did This prompted me to unearth some plays I d written for a school reading group, and since then I ve had 20 plays published Most children love acting and it s a tremendous way to improve their reading My real breakthrough was THE GRUFFALO, again illustrated by Axel We work separately he s in London and I m in Glasgow but he sends me letters with lovely funny pictures on the envelopes.I really enjoy writing verse, even though it can be fiendishly difficult I used to memorise poems as a child and it means a lot to me when parents tell me their child can recite one of my books.Funnily enough, I find it harder to write not in verse, though I feel I am now getting the hang of it My novel THE GIANTS AND THE JONESES is going to be made into a film by the same team who made the Harry Potter movies, and I have written three books of stories about the anarchic PRINCESS MIRROR BELLE who appears from the mirror and disrupts the life of an otherwise ordinary eight year old I have just finished writing a novel for teenagers.When I m not writing I am often performing, at book festivals and in theatres I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs When Malcolm can take time off from the hospital he and his guitar come too and it feels as if we ve come full circle back to busking.

    343 thoughts on “The Highway Rat”

    1. The Highway Rat was a baddie.The Highway Rat was a beast.He took what he wanted and ate what he took.His life was one long feast.His teeth were sharp and yellow,his manners were rough and rude,And the Highway Rat went riding Riding riding Riding along the highway and stealing the travelers food.In case you haven t noticed, this is like a children s retelling of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes I was surprised by how big a hit this was The children ate it up I didn t find the illustrations to be pa [...]


    2. The Highway Rat 2016 is another first rate little adventure for younger readers from the accomplished pen of Julia Donaldson, with the usual and lovely accompanying illustrations by Axel Sheffler Donaldson and Sheffler have now become as with Dahl Blake, Milne Shephard, Wilson Sharratt etc very much a formidable team, a force to be reckoned with in children s literature Each individual writer and illustrator strong and successful in their own right, but together and by way of symbiosis, they com [...]


    3. The Highway Rat was a baddie The Highway Rat was a beast He took what he wanted and at what he took.His life was one long feast The Highway Rat terrorises the local village Cunning, daring and altogether selfish, he delights in stealing the locals food But they won t stand for it much longer.Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Shaffer The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom , The Highway Rat is a delightful story It s largely written in verse which lends it a tremendous pace and sense of [...]


    4. The Highway Rat is an exciting and child friendly book about a mean, greedy and vicious rat that goes round stealing other animal s food After snatching other animal s food, the rat finally comes across a duck, which did not have anything to give him So, the rat could not let the duck go without giving him anything, so he expressed his interest in eating the duck instead However, this duck was very clever and was able to quickly think on his feet He informed the rat that there is a place where t [...]


    5. From the writer of The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat is a child s version of the highwayman poem, however instead of characters there are animals It was a very fun read for year 2, and children begin to develop a sense of poetry The story is of a rat who scourers the highway looking for unsuspecting animals with food, which he steals and leave the animals with nothing, until he meets a very clever duck who out wit s him, and the highway rat has to suffer the consequences This book also good for PSHE [...]


    6. The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson focuses on the tale of a villainous Highway Rat who gallops along the highway stealing other animals food, thus making the life of these animals very unsafe He steals clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel, and he even steals his own horse s hay, although cakes and chocolate are what he prefers His plan works very effectively as he leaves all the animals starving However, he finally meets his opponent a cunning duck who takes revenge by tricking the Highway [...]


    7. Hide your goodies The Highway Rat is lying in wait for your delicious snacks and treats.Although he prefers pastries and chocolate and cake, he ll take anything you have For as he says, I am the Rat of the Highway the Highway the Highway Yes I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take He steals clover from a passing rabbit He steals nuts from a frightened squirrel He even steals hay from his own horse But when a duck passes by with no snacks, the Highway Rat threatens to eat the duck [...]


    8. The Highway Rat by Julia DonaldsonI first discovered the Highway Rat book on school placement A where we had a week focused around the book This week was developed to promote the shared reading of a text throughout the school, develop shared reading and a love for text Before this week started the staff all had inset to become familiar with the text, share the story and develop possible learning activities Throughout the week many Highway Rat themed activities were planned including Highway Rat [...]


    9. The highway rat by Julia DonaldsonAnother great book from Julia Donaldson that evokes a vast range of images and emotions to the reader Children love to see the story unfold as the highway rat steals senselessly from every creature he meets on the highway The highway rat steals to keep up his reputation as a great thief and there is plenty of repetition in the book that ensures a high tempo pace throughout I particularly liked the illustrations which portrayed the highway rat in a similar light [...]


    10. The Highway Rat is a child friendly adaptation of the famous poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes The central character is the evil Highway Rat who gallops along the highway stealing food from innocent animals The story is ripe with drama and excitement and these features are enhanced by detailed illustrations In fact some pages have a minimal amount of text allowing the reader to get dragged along by the colourful depictions of the animals trauma I recently worked in a school where this book for [...]


    11. The highway rat is a about a rat who steals food from all of the other animals who live on the highway but meets a clever little duck who serves up some comeuppance The Highway Rat is a disappointing story from the creators of The Gruffalo This book does have a great rocking rhyme although it does become a bit flimsy in some areas This book is a nice little story but doesn t live up to the great expectations created by the previous success of The Gruffalo band This book could be used in a classr [...]


    12. This book is an incredibly hilarious book about a big bad rat who goes around stealing from others just for the sake of power He even steals milk from a cat He goes around boasting that he is the Highway Rat, as he rides on his horse, until one day he gets tricked by a hen who leads him far away where he never returns to bully anyone again This story has many cross curricular links such as drama, literacy, and science I think this book is suitable for 5 11 years as it can be used and extended in [...]


    13. This is an absolutely beautifully illustrated book.It s a cute story, which does decently in the first part to teach about why we shouldn t steal It doesn t do anything to explain why the outcome is the way it is it s like some pages were cut out or something The rat goes into a cave, comes out the other side, and makes a new life over there because he can t find his way back He didn t even try I know my 33 year old self is not the target audience, but it just seems like a great big gaping hole. [...]


    14. This is a riff on the old poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes which probably won t mean much to most kids The story of a greedy rat who is tricked by a potential victim into leaving town will delight kids, and this will work well in an anti bully unit without sounding like some other didactic stories.


    15. Julia Donaldson is an English writer and previous Children s Laureate.Ahh, The Highway Rat was quite a disappointment The story was fair enough, but it seemed to lack the magic that The Gruffalo possessed I d say this one was for the kids and the adults can leave well alone.


    16. I love Alfred Noyes The Highwayman, so any picture book loosely based on the poem is bound to be a winner for me.


    17. Not the best book I ve read by Donaldson, but certainly not one of her worst A nice rhyme accompanies the book throughout, and it definitely carries a strong moral don t be a bully because it ll catch up to you and you ll be stuck I really liked the illustrations as well in this book and they all had bright colours which really drew the children s eyes to what the author wanted them to see As is typical with Donaldson s books the hero of the day is the smallest of all the animals and is called v [...]


    18. If adventure is what you look for in a children s book then The Highway Rat will not be a disappointment The story describes the adventure of a greedy rat keen to grasp food from a vulnerable rabbit, carefree squirrel, a group of busy ants and an innocent duck.The use of rhyme and repetition are effective strategies to lure children into reading this book again and again Correlating with this is the wonderfully presented illustrations on each page which help pupils in year 2 and 3 come to unders [...]


    19. The creators of The Gruffalo return for an uproarious version of a beloved poem Beware, for the Highway Rat is coming and he s out to steal everyone s snacks He rides along with food dropping out of his saddlebags, accosting poor travelers at sword point, demanding their goodies He steals clover from a rabbit who has nothing else, a leaf from some ants, even hay from his own horse Eventually though, the Highway Rat meets his match in a juicy looking duck who directs him into a cave where the ech [...]


    20. The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson is structured as a poem which makes this book very fun to read aloud It is about a rat who steals others belongings as he patrols the highway The illustrator, Axel Scheffler, does an awesome job of making these illustrations bright and big which is perfect to read to an audience He depicts the rat as a bad guy because he shows him carrying a sword and wearing a cape The rat rides a horse throughout the story and the horse always looks pleasant The other animals [...]


    21. This book appealed to both my 3 yo daughter and 10 yo son In fact, my daughter has been nigh obsessed with it, and we have read it many times In a way, I think she d be content to end the book at the animals celebration of the highway rat s defeat with a grand feast by firelight and moonlight An addendum, though, shows the highway rat making his way through the cave into which he has been lured and lost , and living the rest of his life A thinner and grayer and meeker Rat who gives up highway ro [...]


    22. Give me your pastries and puddings Give me your chocolate and cake For I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take This story tells the tale of the self proclaimed Highway Rat who along with his trusty horse robs anyone who crosses his path Until one he encounters a duck who has nothing for him to steal threatens to eat it instead The clever duck lures him into a cave promising chocolates and cakes, then rides off with Highway Rat s horse and stash, and shares it with the the rats vi [...]


    23. This book is a child friendly story about a greedy, selfish and cunning rat that goes around the village stealing other animal s food The rat finally comes across a duck who has nothing to offer and so the rat takes an interest in eating the duck The duck thinks quickly about how he can get out of the situation he is in, he decides to tell the rat that there are cakes and biscuits in a cave at the top of a hill, that would taste much better than him So off to the hill goes the rat Finally, he fi [...]


    24. A bit late but I ve only just discovered this masterpiece from Julia Donaldson Can t wait to read it aloud to some of the KG and EC classes


    25. As mom who was an English Lit major, I LOVE this cheeky little book s a retelling of homage to Alfred Noyes poem The Highwayman without all the, you know, shooting and death and ghosts and whatnot My son loves the great rhythm, and at two, fills in the words at the end of each stanza The fact that it s a long poem makes it a fun read aloud, and it s great to start to expose little ones to poetry concepts at an early age, from a literacy standpoint Plus, it s just fun My son is really into emotio [...]


    26. Here s an author with a vivid imagination The Highway rat will probably appeal to boys than girls, however fans of the style will probably lap it up.The artwork is excellent, with bold colourful visuals packed with plenty of detail The sway of the rhyme and the actual story are also both very good As with previous Donaldson stories the rhyming prose is cleverly constructed, although when the formula is broken as it is in many of her stories it feels somewhat stilted It s worth noting that The H [...]


    27. Highway Rat brought me to mind of the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes It s a very fun poem about a rat who steals food from all the other animals that travel along the highway Luckily, this is one very smart duck who can get the better of him.Illustrations are charming.


    28. Yet another book by Julia Donaldson that is highly overrated and that I didn t enjoy reading So tedious, and this is the best one of hers I ve read.


    29. Julia D never lets me down, loved this book A really good story about a very greedy rat There is some good humour and lots of rhyming words


    30. Loved this one A play on the poem, The Highwayman, this one learns a lesson positive after terrorizing and stealing.


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