You're probably wondering how a rat could write a book.
Well, let me tell you my story...
It all started in Miss
Patton's first grade classroom. Miss Patton bought a couple
of rats to be her class pets. Most teachers get a turtle, a
fish, or a gerbil, but Miss Patton liked rats. Miss Patton
had good tastes.
Miss Patton wanted to reward students who read lots of
books, so she called her rats the "Reading Rats". Of course
the rats couldn't read, they were just a reward for reading.
Students who read lots of books were allowed to feed the
Soon those two rats had baby rats and that's where I come
in. Those two original reading rats were my parents. My name
is Roosevelt, and now I'm a reading rat. And I mean I am a
reading rat. Yes, I can read. That's what happens
when you spend your whole childhood in Miss Patton's first
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with all the
great books in Miss Patton's classroom. And, if you read
enough, pretty soon you start thinking about writing your
own stories, at least I did. But my little rat claws are
made for scavenging for food, not grabbing a pencil. And
don't even start thinking about me using a keyboard. The
first sentence I tried to type came out like this: "Greod
fndl psowq v ptywdnm blurt."
But then I met some of Miss Patton's former students who
grew up feeding my parents. Now they were grown up and knew
how to use a computer. Plus they were really funny and could
do some cool magic tricks, too.
One thing led to another and we decided to band together.
I write the book, they type the words and color in the
illustrations. Now they help me out driving me from school
to school, library to library, all over the country so that
I can tell children all about the power of reading!
I hope we get to visit YOU someday soon.