Every parent knows how children can weep and wail when their favourite toy goes missing. This stunning picture book tells the tale of Tatty Ratty, a rather battered and mangled soft toy who gets left on a bus. As the story develops, and little Molly tries to work out what on earth she is going to do without him, her mother soothes her with stories of how Tatty Ratty might not be lost at all--maybe he is just off having a few fine adventures of his own...
Superb storytelling combines with stunning illustrations, subtly capturing childhood moods, while a riot of fun and colour is had as Tatty's adventure unfolds. This is a truly comforting story for any child who has ever lost something--or someone--they love. (Ages 3 and over.) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
It looks like Molly's eponymous stuffed rabbit may be missing for good, but the girl takes comfort in imagining a picaresque future for him: a circuitous journey home that includes encounters with the Three Bears, Cinderella, fierce pirates, a friendly dragon and the Man in the Moon. But Tatty Ratty makes Errol Flynn-like moves and proves himself both resourceful and savvy ("He'll find a way to escape," says Mom when Molly throws in the pirate plot as a complication. "He always does"), and he does not shy away from biting Cinderella when she tries to brush his fur. Mom and Dad bring the saga to a close by suggesting that Molly look for Tatty Ratty in a rabbit-themed toy shop. With a knowing wink, Cooper (Pumpkin Soup) gives Dad a plum quote, "Remember, he might look different," while Mom chimes in, "And he'll be very clean and fluffy." Sure enough, Tatty Ratty awaits Molly on a shelf literally as good as new. On each spread, small realistic spot illustrations of Molly unspooling her story (with assistance from her understanding parents) during meals, bath and bedtime serve as counterpoint to full-page, fanciful pictures of the bunny's adventures, and inject an immediacy and improvisational verve into every new escapade. Never patronizing or sentimental, this is a wise and respectful tribute to children's storytelling powers. Ages 4-8.
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