A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{July 1, 2014}   Ratburger by David Walliams

ratburgerPlot: Zoe has a hard life. Her father is unemployed, her step-mother is lazy and cruel and Tina, the local bully, targets her every day. Her one friend is her trained hamster… until she wakes to find him dead. When she finds an adorable baby rat in her room she immediately adopts him. But her step-mother and the creepy burger vendor have designs on her new pet.

I’m a huge Walliams fan. He is a true heir to Roald Dahl, with humour just as cruel and ludicrous and stories as fantastic and engaging. And Ratburger is his most Dahl-esque.

One can’t help but feel sympathy for Zoe and her many troubles. And her young rat, Armitage, is quite the charming rodent. They get in to hilarious situations with hilariously mean adults (who get their just deserts, of course). The climax with it’s chase scenes and deadly struggles are the perfect conclusion to the story. The whole is enhanced by Tony Ross’ equally funny illustrations.

As the title suggests, this novel is not for the squeamish or rat-phobic. But for those willing to brave rodents and culinary horrors, this is a hilarious tale that is sure to become a classic of children’s literature.

2014 (#26)


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