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From the bestselling author and illustrator duo of The
Gruffalo!
'Give me your buns and your biscuits!


Give me your chocolate eclairs!


For I am the Rat of the highway,


and the Rat Thief never shares!'


Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway
Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food.


Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel - he even
steals his own horse's hay.


Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunningduck?





A fabulous, rollicking rhyme, in the style of the famous Alfred
Noyes poem, 'The Highwayman'

From the ceators of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and ZOG,
which have all been made into animated films
shown on BBC1

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26th August '18
I read it to SPH aged 3 aged 3
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
We loved this book. It's another great story in the range of books from Julia Donaldson . It was a funny and entertaining story that my son and I really enjoyed. Would definitely recommend! 
3rd March '18
I read it to Babyeva29 aged 2 aged 2
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
My daughter is obsessed with this book at the moment . The highway rat is a bully who does and takes what he wants but in the end he gets cast out by the other creatures finally learning his lesson 
14th January '18
I read it to CarterB aged 4 aged 4 & to Landon10 aged 7 aged 7
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
Our youngest is currently going through a phase of wanting to collect and hear all the Julia Donaldson books. Carter really enjoys the whole story and the eventual karma the rat receives. 
This is another great book to promote understanding after the story has finished and both our boys find new things in it after each read. 
20th December '16
I read it to RCHogan aged 2 aged 2 & to AIHogan aged 1 aged 1
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyable story of a greedy, bullying rat who takes whatever he wants from the other animals. He does get his comeuppance from a cunning duck in the end though! 

The illustrations are bold and vivid - my son loves examining the pictures in great detail and gets excited over the nod to previous stories of the team, such as the Gruffalo biscuits! They are a joy to discuss together. 

The rhyming prose is - as always - a delight to read aloud and I think the melodic nature of the tale helps keep the children's attention focused on the book. It took me a couple of pages longer than her other offerings to get the rhythm down-pat as there's a bit more text than "usual". 

All in all, it's a stomping and rollicking story which my son routinely selects! 
7th May '18
MAK read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
Another great story by Donaldson and Scheffler, our children love all these books. I did not enjoy this book as much as the otherws, lacked fun and tale compared to the other stories, but kids still rate it as a 5 star book. If they are reading and happy, it is a yes from me!
1st February '17
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 5 aged 5
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
Great story of a very greedy rat and how he reeks havoc over the highways and all the poor animals he robs off are starving!  He is tricked in the best possible way and they get their revenge.  Great rhyming as to be expected from Julia Donaldson and wonderful illustrations.
30th December '17
I read it to Squirt aged 4 aged 4
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
We read this today before enjoying the tv adaptation and my daughter loved it. The rat isn't too scary and she enjoyed the pictures of all the different animals. She was pleased that the rat didn't get lost in the cave forever and was nicer in the end. 
17th January '18
I read it to Squirt aged 4 aged 4
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
My daughter loves this books! She is now pretending to be the rat on a daily basis and threatening to steal my chocolates, cakes, pastries and pies. Fab pictures that are nice and bold. A rhyming story that had my daughter on the edge of her seat. She was seriously worried for all the animals! 
24th February '18
I read it to Frey aged 3 aged 3
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
5 stars
My eldest daughter loves this book so much she's dressing up as the Highway Rat for World Book Day this year. She loved counting all the items the Highway Rat steals and how he changes into a "good baddie" in the end. We particularly liked it when he "once stole his own horses hay". As expected though, sing songsy rhymes by the genius Donaldson and wonderful pictures- a classic.
4th April '17
I read it to Lily-May aged 2 aged 2
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
4 stars
In true Julia style this book seems to rhyme, or to me it does, so i sat as “sang” this book, much to my youngest s amusement! Naughty Rat wants what everyone else has and intends on taking it all for himself…….and as we teach our children not to take Lily shouted ‘naughty rat!’ every time he took something. But does rat get away with it? You’ll have to buy the book to see
23rd March '19
I read it to OA aged 4 aged 4
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
3 stars
This is another book we had somehow never read...I was really looking forward to it...

I really enjoyed all the usual things we have all come to expect and love about books from this super pair...the rhyme and illustrations...

...but lo really didn’t enjoy it...he has become very sensitive to meanness of characters in books...the rat taking his horses hay was the icing on the cake!  He said “why has he taken the hay from his friend? I don’t want to read this one again”.  

Will persevere with this type of book...lots of life lessons to be learnt! 

So, our average star rating is 3.  
1st July '16
I read it to Eric aged 5 aged 5 & to Nutmeg aged 3 aged 3
The Highway Rat 9781407170732
3 stars
Very well illustrated as always but not my favourite Donaldson book,about a rat that takes what he wants,worth a read but try stick man instead
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