Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rat Attack by Cynthia Laslo



The type of a reader should be a person that would like to know about a rat and how the live. “They are intelligent creatures that can communicate with one another”(5) said Cynthia Laslo. A rat can live almost anywhere they want they can live from buildings to an airplane. The teeth on a rat never stop’s growing and they constantly gnaw, if they don’t always gnaw there bottom teeth will grow and some the teeth will grow so long it could pierce its own brain.

The most common rat attacks are in large cities because the rats and humans live side by side. “A rat will attack any kind of animal if it feels threatened, a rat could kill an elephant by biting its trunk and it could get infected and the elephant will eventually die.”(22) Birds are often found dead by having its brain or its head gone.

“There are more than 300 kinds of rats.”(8) The most common rat that lives in North America is the brown rat and the black rat. The brown rats are talented swimmers in fact they can swim for hours. They are often found near riverbanks. The black rats are known for their excellent climbing and jumping skills they live in rooftops and on trees.

Rats can gnaw their way through any types of material like concrete, bricks, steel, floors, furniture, and plaster. Entire buildings have collapsed because of rats gnawing. When there is nothing to gnaw at the grind there teeth. Rats have very poor eyesight, so they become familiar with the smell of one another’s bodies and urine. A mother rat will kill its own child after a human has touched it.

My opinion about the book Rat Attack was a good book because it talks about how a rat lives and it natural habitats of survival. The type of a reader should be a person that would like to know about a rat and how the live. The theme is don’t get near any kind of rat because they have germs and could kill a person with all the disease that they carry. If you get bite you would have to amputate any limb that they bit you at.

Laslo, Cynthia. Rat Attacks. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Print.

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