Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe


Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe

Suitable for readers aged 3 and up.   

a delightful, rat-tastic tale of friendship & sharing!

“A clever rat named Zachary lives a quiet life under the floorboards of a bakery — until a new delivery causes unexpected trouble! A charming rhyming tale of friendship and sharing.” -Bookbub

A clever little rat makes the biggest mistake of his life and it involves a sackful of potatoes. A fun, rhyming read-aloud with gorgeous illustrations! Readers from 3 years and up will delight in this delicious & hilarious tale.

Under the floorboards of a small bakery lived a clever little rat by the name of Zachary.

There are two rules in life that every rat knows so well.
Rule #1: Never live under the floorboards of a bakery.
Rule #2: If you choose to disregard rule #1, make sure you never get caught.

What’s with rule #1, you might ask? Well, the idea of humans and rats in a bakery or restaurant coexisting just doesn’t work. Humans do not take kindly to their food being tainted by vermin. Only Remy in Ratatouille, as we all know, managed to pull that off. And even with his immense culinary talent, he was still met with great resistance and opposition.

So you would think any other rat would have learned from all that. But, no. Not Zachary. He quite likes his comfortable nook underneath the floorboards of a small bakery, which he calls home. And the smell of fresh pastries wafting in the air every single day, reaching his nostrils and tempting his fat, round belly is what makes the danger of being caught by a human all the more worth it.

Mind you, Zachary is one clever rat. And he starts off being rather careful. Too careful, in fact, that he refuses to share his treats with any of his chums.

But one fateful night, a sackful of potatoes appears. What happens next? Well, that’s for you to find out.

 

Young and not-so-young readers will delight in this delicious and amusing tale of cunning and cleverness, greed and covetousness, luck and a chance to have a change of heart… for the better.

With beautifully drawn illustrations by Italian illustrator and artist, Giulia Lombardo, this children’s rhyming picture book, along with its witty and engaging story line, will surely appeal to its young and young-at-heart readers and become one of those books that will be read and enjoyed time and time again.

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Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe is:

  • Recommended for children between 3 and 8 years.
  • delightful and hilarious children’s rhyming picture book for early and beginner readers. 
  • Written in verse with a rhythmic cadence to capture young listeners’ attention and give early readers confidence.
  • Beautifully illustrated with an exquisite palette and remarkable compositions, brimming with expression and humor small children love.
  • charming little story that teaches the joy of sharing.
  • Entertaining: The book is full of funny situations that’s sure to elicit plenty of giggles from its young readers.

Reviews:

“Written in rhyme and sprinkled liberally with humourZachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe is a charming and quirky tale that’s great for reading aloud. Guilia Lombardo’s original illustrations really bring the characters to life, both human and animal. I particularly like one of Zachary’s twisty-whiskered pals! And there’s a delightful ending that shows that life is indeed sweeter when you share your good fortune with your chums.” –Nick Jones, Author, Full Media Ltd.

***** 5 out of 5 stars
May 23, 2018 | By Kody Fraughton | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
The book was very well written, and the flow of words made for a great bedtime read for my daughter.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
May 7, 2018 | By Marsupial momma | Format: Kindle Edition | Amazon.com
Rat-tastic!
This book was an adorable read aloud at bed time. The rhythmic rhymes were very enjoyable and helped calm the mood. The book also provided humor and espoused the benefits of sharing in a subtle but well supported manner.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 29, 2018 | By Lexie A | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
Delightfully entertaining!
We loved everything about the book. The rhymes, the illustrations and the lesson it taught. I think that it will easily become one of our favorites.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 20, 2018 | By mills | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
Enjoyable
“This book has cute pictures and gives a lesson on selfishness without being overly preachy. He learns his lesson and finds that having friends is worth sharing.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 19, 2018 | By miggsLD | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
Beautiful story
“I like the part when zachary got along with his chums! The story was easy and fun to read! I love your book so much!”
Anya, 5 yrs old

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 19, 2018 | By Kay | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
“I enjoyed reading this book to my grandchildren. Captivating story and a nice message on sharing. Young children who read will enjoy this.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 19, 2018 | By Amazon Customer | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
“I love children’s books and of course my kids do to. This book was fun, full of color and made you want to read it again and again! Amazing illustrations!”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 18, 2018 | By Holly A. Lenz | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe is a clever book with delightful illustrations about a rat who’s selfishness catches up with him. The pictures are lovely, and the story is fun.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 18, 2018 | By Pragya | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
“Absolutely enjoyable! My four year old loved it! Excellent story and beautiful illustrations 👍 great job!”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
April 18, 2018 | By Amy Minori | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase – Amazon.com
Super adorable
“This was an adorable read and the illustrations were a delight. The story is sweet, simple and fun.”

***** 5 out of 5 stars
February 10, 2018 | By hifi78 | Format: Kindle Edition | Amazon.com | Booksprout.com (ARC)
Excellent book for children. Amazing pictures.
“This was an excellent book for children.
The pictures were great and the short story also rhymed.
Try it out. Children who have started reading will love it.
It has a great moral of the story too.”