Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes


In this fantastic and funny picture book Margaret Atwood offers a deliciously ridiculous tale about the virtues of resisting restrictions. Rude Ramsay has reached the end of his rope! Sick of eating rock-hard rice, wrinkled ravioli, and raw rhinoceros, Ramsay and Ralph the red-nosed rat resolve to leave their rectangular residence in a quest for more refreshing repast and to prove that the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. With lots of 'r's' to help the story roll along, Margaret Atwood's rollicking text, combined with Dusan Petricic's lively art, make this book a real treat for Margaret Atwood fans, old and new.

Our Review

As I have said many times before Margaret Atwood is my favourite author so when I found out she had also written children’s books I knew I had to read it someday. A few weeks ago, I noticed in the catalogue of my local library one of her children’s books was listed: Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes.

Margaret Atwood is a fantastic wordsmith, and this shows in her use of vocabulary during the book. This book is ideal for an advanced reader because of the extensive use of vocabulary but for the same reason non-advanced readers may struggle.

I liked the way the majority of the words started with ‘r’ or ‘r’ sounds so reading it was a bit like a tongue twister and it must have taken a lot of effort to write.

“Rude Ramsay resided in a ramshackle rectangular residence with a roof garden, a root cellar, and a revolving door.”

The accompanying illustrations are wonderful and fit perfectly and the story itself reminded me very much of a Roald Dahl style story and so would be perfect for children of any age and enjoyable for their parents as well.

Ramsay is sick of his revolting relatives and the rotten food they give him so he and Ralph the rat sat off in search of some more refreshing repast on the other side of the fence.

I read it to my son and he was giggling as I read it to him. A lovely little book.

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