The Children Who Smelled A Rat (Hardcover)

By Allan Ahlberg, Katharine Mcewen (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763628703, 80pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2005



Early chapter book readers will chuckle their way through Allan Ahlberg's latest madcap tale about the resilient Gaskitts, in which Gus and Gloria take center stage.

In this thrilling and amusing Gaskitts story, Mrs. Gaskitt finds a very peculiar package, Mr. Gaskitt loses a baby in a shopping cart, Horace the cat has mixed feelings about a bird, and the twins' beloved teacher, Mrs. Fritter — ooer! — is not herself. Why? How? When? And why does everyone keep looking the other way? Tune in for the astonishing answers in this silly story of the ever-surprising Gaskitt family, illustrated with comic finesse by Katharine McEwen.

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books. His books include HALF A PIG, illustrated by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg; THE SNAIL HOUSE and TREASURE HUNT, both illustrated by Gillian Tyler; and the first three books about the Gaskitts: THE MAN WHO WORE ALL HIS CLOTHES, THE WOMAN WHO WON THINGS, and THE CAT WHO GOT CARRIED AWAY. He lives in Bath, England. Katherine McEwen says, "It's a real pleasure to have illustrated another book by Allan, as I grew up with his picture books." She is the illustrator of COWS IN THE KITCHEN by June Crebbin and the Brand New Readers HEY, TABBY CAT! and HERE COMES TABBY CAT by Phyllis Root, in addition to the previous books about the Gaskitts. Katharine McEwen lives in London.