When the children were younger they loved being read the Julia Donaldson books. The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child were favourites. In fact, they still love reading those books and have added some favourites too.
When we were invited to join in a home screening of The Highway Rat, I knew we could not refuse.
We were sent some goodies which included a copy of The Highway Rat on DVD, a highway rat plush and a jigsaw as well as a copy of the book.
From the UK’s best-selling author, Julia Donaldson, The Highway Rat arrives on DVD. This beautifully animated film, seen on BBC1 this Christmas is a swashbuckling adventure of bandits and biscuits and is available to take home and own on DVD, courtesy of Entertainment One.
From Magic Light Pictures, Oscar© nominated creators of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and Stick Man, The Highway Rat is a delightful story based on the richly imaginative book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all things sweet. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. This sweetly satisfying animation features the voice talents of an all star, home grown cast; David Tennant (Dr. Who, Jessica Jones, Broadchurch); Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, Cinderella, Stick Man); Frances De La Tour (The History Boys, Into The woods, Alice in Wonderland); Tom Hollander (Pride & Prejudice, The Night Manager, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation); and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually, W1A, Last Tango in Halifax).
Our review –
We loved watching this together. The DVD version is a bit different from the book as in the Highway Rat decides to mend his ways and not be a robber again.
It is a short film of about 25 minutes and is perfect for watching with younger children.