Monday, April 1, 2013

A Rat and A Ransom - Review

A new month has began! 
It's time for a new review, this time is for a fantastic children's book. 
I have to thank the author for sending me a copy of it.

A Rat and A Ransom 
by Y.I. Lee

Tom ran as fast as he could along the forest path, his leaden legs refusing to go any faster. He was sure the kidnappers were after him,but he dare not stop and look back.

Frantic with worry he put his hand inside his jacket pocket and felt for Mask, but the pocket was empty. In despair he shouted her name.

It was always the same dream and each time he awoke at the same point, gasping for breath and calling for her.





My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tom has wanted a pet for a long time but a rat was not his first choice. However, when a small animal appears in the watering can he doesn’t hesitate and rescue the baby rat. He immediately feels in love with her and will do everything in his power to convince her parents to let him adopt her. Mask will change Tom life as well as the rest of the family.

A rat and a ransom is a fast and loving book, which as any other children book has a sweet and likeable main character whose adventures drags us through unexpected places and leaves us at the end with some valuable lessons.

Tom is a privileged kid, he lives with his mother and father in a beautiful place but sometimes what a kid needs is a friend, a special person who is there by his side during the most important moments of life. He is an intelligent nine-year-old boy with a maturity that will impress you and entertaining at the same time.

A book with a sweet message about how important pets are in children lives, how influential they can be on their behaviors and how much love it can bring to the entire family. Pets, no matter if they are rats, can be the key that opens a whole world of adventures.

The author tales the story with simple but emotional words, with a fresh and great writing style, including dialogues between the characters that help create a more believable world. With a fast rhythm, short chapters and an increasing sense of adrenaline.

One of the things I like the most was the quota of action the book has, which was very surprising and engaging. The whole plot with the two bad guys was an smart choice and it truly was fun to read.

Overall, this is a very good book recommendable for children and adults alike, ideal for reading in family.

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