Rats! I Hate Rats!


Lynn Kelley, BBH McChiller, Ma Cobb, Grammy Gets It

She’s back!

“Who?” you ask. Why, the Queen of Macabre, Ma Cobb, who else? If you missed her the other day (sharing some wild Edgar Allan Poe quotes), go here.

Today, Ma Cobb has a fun chant for you. Are you familiar with “I Hate Rats”?

When my youngest daughter Suzee was a kid, she taught me the rat chant. We’d say it together, saying it faster and faster each time it was repeated. It’s great for grins and giggles. Lots of giggles.

Definitely an activity for kids, but I’ve had fun saying it with some of my kid-like writer friends, too.

Here’s how the rat chant goes:


I hate rats!

They drive me crazy.

I was crazy once.

They put me in a room,

a rubber room with rubber rats.

Repeat, but say it faster and faster each time. See if you can keep from cracking up once you reach your limit!

Most people actually do hate rats, but there’s one rat who’s quite popular, especially with kids. He’s a talking pirate rat named Vlad, and he’s a main character in BBH McChiller’s Monster Moon adventure series.

Meet Vlad:

Lynn Kelley, BBH McChiller, Monster Moon adventure series

You can learn all about him in my post, Interview With a Pirate Rat.

Get to know him even better by reading Book 1, Curse at Zala Manor.

Lynn Kelley, BBH McChiller, Monster Moon adventure series

It’s almost Halloween, and twelve-year-old AJ Zantony’s world is threatened by an ancient curse that releases wicked pirates who had been trapped for centuries in his Aunt Zsofia’s creepy mansion, Zala Manor.

The pirates–a vampire count, a pegleg skeleton, and a zombie–have three goals: to find a lost treasure, unleash the restless dead from their graves, and to settle a very old score by destroying the Zantony bloodline.

AJ has to stop them before midnight during Aunt Zsofia’s annual Halloween party. Except he has a big problem–monster phobia! He’s scared to death of monsters. But if he doesn’t act fast, the streets of Craggy Cove will be crawling with zombies. Who will be alive when midnight tolls?

Perfect read for Halloween, and the ebook is only 99 cents on Amazon.

Do you like spooky stuff? The Monster Moon series is spooky fun. I’m a big chicken, so I had to add some humor to the stories in order to be able to sleep at night, so no worries about it being too scary.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Ma Cobb should go on a date with Uncle Fester from The Addams Family? Or Lurch?

Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester) and Ted Cassidy (Lurch)

Uncle Fester and Lurch from The Addams Family

Had you ever heard the rat chant before? Do you like rats? (Couldn’t keep a straight face asking that question.) Would you try the rat chant on a dare? I’d love to hear from you!





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5 Responses to Rats! I Hate Rats!

  1. The rat chant is clever. It’s the kind of thing kids would say over and over to drive their parents crazy. Of course, in your case, the adult is beating them to the punch!

  2. Michele says:

    I had been trying to remember this chant for the longest time! My sister and I would chant it for hours driving our older sister crazy.

  3. Justin says:

    I’m never knew where this chant came from until now. My friend used to repeat it to me constantly and it’s been stuck in my head for 30 years.

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