Tatty Ratty Hardcover – Mar 14 2002
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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Have you seen that minivan commercial where a teddy bear is lost? Mom drives to the store gets a new one, runs it over, and stashes it in one of the oh-so-convenient bins? That is Tatty Ratty in a nutshell, but with a clever twist. The parents in this story use their daughter's worrying and imagination to spin the tale of Tatty Ratty's adventures. He ends up on a train, with the 3 bears, with Cinderella, pirates, and the Man on the Moon. Along the way, Tatty Ratty gets restored. Finally he is reclaimed in the end at "Rabbit World" good as new. Smart parents.
The characters, story line, and illustrations are rich and imaginative. Helen Cooper is at her best in this story. You will see your child in this story - happily musing about bunny's adventures and upset and unable to sleep in another moment. The pictures are rich and detailed - with each read we find something new.
I would highly recommend this book for any child, boy or girl, probably 7 and under. I never thought we would find a book as cherished by my kids as Pumpkin Soup - no surprise that when we did find one, it was from the same author. If you like Tatty Ratty, come back for Pumpkin Soup. You won't be disappointed.