Raffie On The Run by Jacqueline Resnick and illustrated by Joe Sutphin makes our review list as a fun book that gives us an adventure where friendship is important. The Roaring Brook Press book entices you in with a great cover and delivers on well liked characters with a fun story. The author having spent time in both Manhattan and Brooklyn pulls from her experience of seeing a subway rat from time to time to weave this story of a rat and his search from his little brother. Joe Sutphin adds his touch to the book with his illustrations.
The Cricket in Times Square meets Finding Nemo—a subway rat must cross New York City to bring his lost little brother home.
Raffie Lipton lives a rat’s dream life. In his family’s subway station home, he has all the food he can forage from the treasure chests humans call trash cans, and the perfect shoebox bed for telling his brother his famous adventure stories. But when one of those stories goes awry and his little brother is taken from their Brooklyn subway station, Raffie must set out on an adventure across the city to find him. Along the way, he meets other urban animals—a street-wise pigeon, a pampered show dog, a genteel cockroach—and he faces hungry cats, greedy squirrels, and sewer rat kings.
In Raffie on the Run, Jaqueline Resnick crafts a tale of friendship and adventure, where a little rat with a big imagination must embark on his own real-life story, and find the inner hero he isn’t sure he has.
Luciana V gives her take on the book with the new Five Questions format below:
Why did you like the book?
I liked it because of the adventure and a rat broke the rules to try and save someone
If you didn’t know the title of the book what title would you give it?
The Lost Rat
Which character would you like to meet in real life?
Marigold The Dog
If you had to describe this book in one word, what word would you choose?
If you could be a character in the book for one day, who would you chose to be? Why?
I would be the pigeon, because he helps other people