Bat and Rat

Bat and Rat

By Patrick Jennings; Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)

Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781419701603, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 2012

Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, dumpster diving in Chinatown, writing songs, and playing in a band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tune for they realize their "favorite" favorite is each other.
Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations, "Bat and Rat" captures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist.
Praise for "Bat and Rat"
Cordell's starry cityscapes combine with Jennings gentle text for an agreeable read-aloud with a cherry on top. "Kirkus Reviews
""The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story.""
" "School Library Journal""
""Cordell's images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve O Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jennings focused attention on a unique and caring relationship.""
" "Library Media Connection""

About the Author
Patrick Jennings grew up in a small town in Indiana, where there were no wild, lethally venomous snakes. His family then moved to rural Arizona, where lived many, including seventeen varieties of rattlesnake. Patrick got seriously freaked out. He now lives on the Olympic Peninsula, where there are scarcely any wild, lethally venomous snakes. We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes is his fourteenth book for young readers.

Matthew Cordell spilled a whole bottle of ink while drawing this book. Forgive him, white carpet is painfully boring. Matthew lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, writer Julie Halpern, and their daughter, Romy. He is the author and illustrator of Trouble Gum and the illustrator of Toot Toot Zoom!, Mighty Casey, Righty and Lefty, and Toby and the Snowflakes, which was written by his wife.