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Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup," "The Flying Machine," "The Tub," "The Mirror," "The Tooth."
"The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." The New York Times Book Review
Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, dumpster diving in Chinatown, writing songs, and playing in a band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tuneandmdash;for they realize their favorite favorite is each other.
Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations, Bat and Rat captures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist.
Praise for Bat and Rat
andldquo;Cordellandrsquo;s starry cityscapes combine with Jenningsandrsquo; gentle text for an agreeable read-aloudandmdash;with a cherry on top.andrdquo;
andquot;The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Cordellandrsquo;s images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve Oandrsquo;Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jenningsandrsquo; focused attention on a unique and caring relationship.andquot;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story.
Today, Fish's story (about pirates!) is too grand to simply be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book—a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely at home and pretend to be kittens. Fish scoffs that cats are boring; Snail snaps back. Is this book too small for the two feuding friends? Could this be THE END of The Story of Fish and Snail?
Deborah Freedman, author of Blue Chicken, has created a sweet and playful story about friendship that truly jumps off the page.
About the Author
James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious childrens books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a masters degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his lifes work as one of the finest creators of childrens books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.
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