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Editorial Reviews

“A classic picture book... great to read aloud” (Radio 4’s Front Row)

Publisher's Summary

The Highway Rat rides along the highway stealing all of the travellers’ food. But a crafty duck soon puts an end to his crooked ways!

Brilliantly performed by award-winning actress, Imelda Staunton, this audio download contains the complete, best-selling story with music, the Highway Rat Song, a listening game, and a readalong version of the story with musical page turns to use with a copy of the book.

©2011 Julia Donaldson (P)2013 Scholastic UK Ltd

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  • 10-04-2020

Fantastic for children

I can't rave about this book enough, it's brilliant. We had a hardback copy so already had an idea of how the characters would sound (prior to the TV version being released). Imelda Staunton does an exceptional job of bringing it to life.

I've a lot of praise for the format as well - the story is about ten minutes, then there's another ten minutes of fun regarding the story, who said what?, who makes this sound? etc; then the last ten minutes is the book again as a readalong - Imelda pauses at the end of sentences for the listener to fill in the blanks. Our daughters love it and we have had it on repeat a few times on long journeys without it becoming grating as an adult.

I would also recommend Zog, it's in the same format. I keep Highway Rat and Zog permanently on my phone so there's always there for car journeys with the children, just in case.

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  • Terry
  • 03-01-2018

The Highway - The Highway

My 4 year old son absolutely loves this story. We tend to listen to Audiobooks in the car and this one is currently on repeat. Very different sound to the TV Show version however, the narrator is consistent throughout most of the series which adds familiarity.

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  • 02-01-2021

Old lady wins!

Our granddaughter enjoys this book more than any other. We constantly re-enact it with her. As Grandma, I enjoy the old lady of the story skilfully outwitting the wicked Highway Rat using her knowledge & cleverness. The book is very useful in encouraging a 2 1/2year old to eat up quickly & outwit Grandad as Highway Rat. Like all her books Julia Donaldson is spot on!

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  • 18-11-2018

Rat-tastic!

I really liked the voices. I thought it was was a good story. Evelyn aged 5

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