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|Rat and Roach Rock On!|
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.
|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[Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.