Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

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9781582349503: Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

In Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes, bestselling author Margaret Atwood offers a delightfully ridiculous tale about the virtues of resisting restrictions. With tongue-twisting phrases heavily peppered with words beginning with R, the story follows Ramsay as he travels with his friend Ralph, the red-nosed rat, from his home full of revolting relatives to a field of roaring radishes. There he meets a girl named Rillah, who needs a bit of adventure herself. Atwood's rollicking text is accompanied by devilish and Dušan Petricic's insightful illustrations.

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About the Author:

Margaret Atwood is best known as the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including her latest novel, Oryx and Crake. Her previous novel, The Blind Assassin, won the Booker Prize. She has written four other children's books: Anna's Pet (with Joyce Barkhouse), Up in the Tree, For the Birds, and Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut. She lives in Toronto.

Dušan Petricic is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. A former professor of illustration and book design, Petricic's work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and The Toronto Star. He lives in Toronto.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3–"Rude Ramsay resided in a ramshackle rectangular residence with a roof garden, a root cellar, and a revolving door." So begins this nonsensical, alliterative romp. The renowned Canadian writer's command of wordplay is impressive, and unfamiliar words (rhapsodic, rigor mortis, rubicund) may afford youngsters an opportunity for vocabulary enrichment. Nevertheless, the conceit totally overwhelms the strained and far-fetched plot involving Rude Ramsay (who isn't really rude) running away with a rat and encountering a field of rabid radishes and a rich girl named Rillah. Subtly toned, sophisticated illustrations mirror the frenetic pace of the slightly unpleasant text, though some spreads, notably the scene of the rabid radishes, exhibit a clever and humorous design. Overall, however, consider this a rather wretched effort.–Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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