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The Road to Ratenburg

By Joy Cowley
Illustrated by Gavin Bishop

A charming ratty fable about family by a much-loved writer and illustrator pair.

A family of rats is forced to leave their home, so sets out to find the fabled city of Ratenburg. Along the way they outwit vicious dogs, tricky rat traps, and sharp-beaked hawks, and make some very dangerous crossings. The rat family’s adventures test their character and grow bonds between sisters and brothers, family friends, mum and dad. Narrating the tale is Spinnaker Rat, an Edwardian-style father, full of wisdom about the ways of the world, who finds himself learning more than he expected. This accessible story nods to international successes like The Tale of Despereaux but with its own distinctive voice and characters.

  • A fable with pace and humour, featuring funny rat characters and characterful illustrations
  • Joy Cowley has a wide and loyal following in the public, school, and library sectors
  • This author/illustrator combination produced the best-selling, award-winning Snake and Lizard

About the author

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Ministers Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

About the illustrator

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngati Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 2000.

ISBN: 9781776570751
Imprint: Gecko Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 200pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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