Just Me and 6000 Rats

 Just Me and 6,000 Rats
A Tale of Conjunctions
by Rick Walton; illustrated by Mike and Carl Gordon

In Just Me and 6,000 Rats, a young boy and his 6,000 pet rats spend a day touring the big city and, as you would imagine, they cause a great deal of chaos. Wherever they go, the people run off in fright, yet the little boy remains oblivious to the reason, always assuming they were making room for them or were just in a hurry to head off somewhere else. The giant parade of rats is both cute and a bit gross (depending on your view of rats, I suppose). Kids will most likely just find it hilarious. :)

Subtitled "A Tale of Conjunctions", Walton works sixteen different conjunctions into the storyline, connecting each new location on their city tour with a different conjunction. For example, the spread shown above ends with "At the top I could see the entire city. But the rats had trouble seeing though the windows UNTIL..."  Then, the subsequent page finishes the sentence. (See the spread below for another example). In each instance, the conjuction is written in capital letters to help it stand out from the surrounding text.  This title definitely does NOT teach what a conjunction is, but could be a fun book to read to your class to reinforce a previously taught lesson on conjunctions.

Book Details

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  K-Gr. 2      DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level:  age 4-8     Lexile Measure: n/a

Topics Covered  
Prepositions (Language Arts--Parts of Speech)

Awards & Ratings
Avg Amazon Customer Review: 5 stars (1 rev)
Just Me and 6,000 Rats

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Below are two spreads of the book, showing the young boy and his 6,000 pet rats as they tour the city. As you can see, the text ends with a cliff-hanging conjunction that is printed in all capitals. This is the format for all of the spreads in the book.

Just Me and 6,000 Rats

Just Me and 6,000 Rats

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