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By Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat

Humans live for quite a long time and often aren’t all that happy. We want to be shorter, taller, fatter, thinner, older, younger, with different eye colour, in a different place, doing different things. Rats, by comparison, live for quite a short times and for the most part are very happy.

Meet Riley – he’s happy, his needs are few and he’s a rat. He likes himself and he likes his life. Humans on the other hand…

This is a wonderful book on many levels which is why it was the CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2006. The text is funny and thought-provoking and the illustrations are varied, fascinating and sometimes a little grotesque (all of which appeal to younger readers). As well as being a great book it can be a good springboard for discussions on topics like; greed, need versus want and being happy.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Published: 01 October 2006

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Life Issues

ISBN 13: 9780733621673

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