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  • Published: 2 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761346088
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $14.99

Ratbags 5: Dummy Spit




The fifth book in the rat-tastically hilarious Ratbags series, from award-winning bestselling author and funnyman, Tim Harris.

The Ratbags have their hands full when a toddler ratbag crashes into town. But where did he come from? Between the muffin mayhem and hairy heists, can Jigsaw and his friends find the missing parents in time? Or will they have to deal with the dreaded dummy spit?

  • Published: 2 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761346088
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $14.99

About the authors

Tim Harris

Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids, including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables and Exploding Endings.

A former primary school teacher of 15 years, Tim fills his stories with quirky scenarios, loveable characters and plenty of imagination. Tim’s ‘humour with heart’ writing style has seen his books receive multiple awards, including five KOALA Honour Books (2017, 2019, two in 2020, and 2021) and a CBCA Notable (2018). His books have been published in Australia and the USA, and have been translated into numerous languages.

An advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim conducts presentations and workshops that are both dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in hundreds of schools across Australia.

Tim lives in Sydney with his wife and four young children.

Shiloh Gordon

Shiloh Gordon has a passion for creating lively, engaging illustrations that are full of character and fun. He graduated with a BA in animation from the Queensland College of Art and has worked as a professional illustrator for over 20 years. Shiloh lives in Brisbane with his wife and three kids, who are an endless source of fun and inspiration.

Praise for Ratbags 5: Dummy Spit

In this, the fifth in this series for readers transitioning to full-length novels, the Ratbags have their hands full when a toddler ratbag crashes into town. But where did Blitz come from? Between the muffin mayhem and hairy heists, can Jigsaw and his friends find the missing parents in time? in fact, who are his parents? Or will they have to deal with the dreaded dummy spit? With its humour and action-packed plot, supported by minimal text and many illustrations, this is one that will appeal to any young reader who has experienced having a toddler in the family, and the disruption and destruction they can cause, even though they don’t always mean to. But sometimes the natural exploration and experimentation can lead to trouble, and when Blitz is caught by Crackers the cat , the Ratbags feel responsible for his safety, despite the grief he has caused them. Because, like the others in the series, there is always the basis of friendship, standing your ground against peer pressure, being yourself and caring for others on which the story is built. Both author and illustrator clearly know their target audience and their likes, so this is a series that has the potential to turn the reluctant reader into an avid one, particularly if they are directed towards the early works of Paul Jennings, Andy Griffiths, Christopher Milne and the other works of Tim Harris himself while they wait for the next episode.

Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf