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Bad Rats...Not So Bad After All!

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     Los Angeles, California (March 3, 2008)—Introducing Bad Rats, (ISBN-13: 978-0-9703809-4-4/ Hardcover Picture Book/ Ages 4-8 / $18.95 / Publication Date: June 2008) a new release from the author and publisher of the Los Angeles Times Children’s Bestseller -Leo the Lightning Bug, and other award winning books, including most recent release, A Frog Thing as well as It’s Me!, and Ellison the Elephant.

In Kidwick Books’ award-winning tradition, Bad Rats manages to make us laugh and pull at our heartstrings with the winning combination of soft expressive illustrations, an inspiring story, beautiful original music which complements the dramatic audio CD, and of course, the touching performances of our little voice actors (as well as our big ones.)

Josiah and his cohorts are not really “bad.” They’re just bad rats – or rather, they are supposedly not rat-like enough. They’ve been sent to the “learning curb” where Professor Perimeter is determined to teach them to be good rats. See, they’re artists, and painting outside the box like that is just not right for a rat. Through the course of the story, these sweet little rats find a way to express themselves through their art, and in doing so, manage to open the professor’s heart again, as he rediscovers the value of creativity.

The companion “Book-on-CD” will transport little readers into Josiah’s world with sound effects and wonderful performances by children and adults. The dramatic storytelling is narrated by the author and features his young nephew, Eli Drachman, among other delightful voices. (Audible page turns help your children follow along as they learn to read.)

Eric Drachman has an MFA in Acting, a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in making kids laugh. Like some of our rats, Eric is known for thinking outside the box. In fact, it is this very out-of-box thinking that has helped him make his mark in the competitive world of children¹s book writing and publishing…and to inspire the most creative of all thinkers—his little readers. Eric currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to illustrating books, James Muscarello continues to support himself through his art, as a sculptor and toy designer. James currently resides in Southern California.

Kidwick Books aims to create children’s picture books and audio CDs with respect and admiration for our little readers. The company touts numerous awards including the iParenting Media Award for Outstanding Product, PMA Benjamin Franklin Award, and a coveted ranking on the Los Angeles Times Children’s Bestsellers List. Praise for Kidwick Books has been received from several notable publications including Publisher’s Weekly, Scholastic Parent & Child, ForeWord Magazine, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews.