Happy New Year of the Rat

Children’s literature is rich in mouse characters; Despereaux, Angelina Ballerina, Anatole, Stuart Little, Reepicheep, Aesop’s Town and Country Mice, The Lion and the Mouse and Disney’s ever-cheerful Mickey. Literary rats are rarer creatures. Whilst mouse characters are often portrayed as brave, courageous and determined, their rodent cousins are more likely to be the bad guys…. continue reading »