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Rat and Roach Rock On!
ISBN: 9780670014101
Author: Covell, David
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: February 2013
Retail: $14.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Rat helps his best friend, Roach, overcome a case of stage fright when their junkyard band plays at the Big City Jam.
Additional Information
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 9.00" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Roach's sparkly costume ideas are met with resistance from Rat and their band, The Rat-a-Tat Pack. When stage fright gets the better of Roach, Rat yields to Roach's wardrobe fancies to help his friend face his fears. The opposites-attract story line, recycled from Rat and Roach: Friends to the End, is familiar. Covell's super-cool digital illustrations of the rocking pals steal the show.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 February)

K-Gr 1—In this sequel to Rat and Roach Friends to the End (Viking, 2012), Covell demonstrates the value of compromise. The junkyard band successfully overrules Roach's proposed pink-and-green-starred costumes since the clothes don't mesh with their urban style. At the Big City Jam, Roach gets stage fright: "I can't sing! My sparkle's gone." Good friend Rat's solution is to bring back the Elvis-style attire, boosting Roach's confidence and resulting in a rousing success for the group. Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Covell also claims to employ "assorted smudges and scraps from Dumpster dives." He maintains minimal compositions in the textured, earth-toned backgrounds and compelling details like a tuna-can drum set. The cat audience with glowing green eyes and Rat's offer of "trashy treats" like a mushy banana or a pair of lucky underwear keep the humor going.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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