27 February 2016

{Giveaway} The Road to Ratenburg

A wonderful adventure story from beloved New Zealand children's author, Joy Cowley, The Road to Ratenburg is a fast-paced tale of a family of city rats who find themselves unexpectedly homeless. Desperate to seek refuge, Spinnaker Rat, descended from a long and proud line of ship rats, sets off with his family and Roger, an irrepressible and exasperating tag-a-long rat, on a quest for the fabled town of Ratenburg. They find themselves facing many dangers on their perilous journey and learn a few important lessons about themselves and others along the way.

This book would work well to read aloud not just for bedtime reading but also if you're a teacher looking for a book that will generate discussion about prejudice and tolerance, and the unbreakable bond of family. The chapters are relatively short and the black and white illustrations by Gavin Bishop add to the telling of the story.
Who doesn't love a good map?
Reading level: 8-10
RRP: $19.99
Released: March 2016

Gecko Press kindly sent us an advance copy to review and to coincide with Joy's appearance at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts Writers' Week in Wellington on 13 March, I have another one to give away to one of my lucky readers anywhere in the world. Just leave me a comment below and if you follow me on Facebook, you can enter the giveaway there too to double your chances.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congratulations to Kate Mullooly, who entered on my Facebook page. Thank you to everybody who entered.


  1. This book looks awesome! Thank you for the review and giveaway!

  2. Oh that sounds like a lot of fun for my son!

  3. I have triplet grandchildren who will turn 5 this July. I introduced them to chapter books this past November and they love them, every morning they remind me of the next chapter coming up and sometimes we read one in the afternoon (for a rest - grandma's rest) and one at night. While this book may be a bit old for them, I would love to have a copy for future readings - I am a book person, my daughters are book people and my grandchildren love books - it is in the blood!

  4. I follow you via bloglovin - congratulations on your latest achievement!

  5. Looks like a great read aloud!! I would love to win a copy.