I love all things small and furry, and, like the little girl in the book, I have sweet pet rats of my own. This is a non-fiction account of a wild rat that came to live with the author and his six year daughter. I love that how instead of it being a sad or distressing situation to have him kill a rat, it was more of a wild kingdom experience of learning how the wild-rat thought and lived and finally out-witting her. He showed such kindness through all of the hours spend in humane trapping.
It's also cool how it shows some of the survival and other traits of the wild-rat. Like gnawing through barriers, getting liquid, nest building and collecting toys.
This was a five star read until the end which was rather abrupt. I've read some of Graham Murray's other writings and know he is a skilled fiction writer. For me the story would have been more satisfying if it were "Based on a real story" rather than purely non-fiction and in the end:
e.g., he could have worked out some sort of truce or feral-rat relationship with the wild-rat.
PS - they sell cotton balls laced with mite/parasite killer if you do have mice or rats that are living in barns or garages.
(review of free book)