The Six-Foot Rats

Author(s): Rebecca Gibbs

Picture Books

Exploring the science and issues around vivisection is a hard task but we think that the Six-Foot Rats manages to convey the scientific invalidity of animal experimentation in an amusing way that is easy for children to understand, doesn't talk down to them, and most importantly, won't give them nightmares.

Animal experimentation is an important issue globally, we think that this book is a must have in all spaces where education and creating a better world is valued.
All profits from the book will go towards funding NZAVS anti-animal testing campaigns.

A lab rat's job is being poked, prodded, and tested on in every way. It's not an easy job but one rat is happy to do it...until he learns the truth!

The Six-Foot Rats was written to introduce children to the place animal testing has in our society. Whilst the topic of animal testing is a serious and often upsetting one, The Six-Foot Rats instead focusses on the fundamental truth (stressing the FUN), as understood by even the lab rat: animals are not humans and it is strange and bizarre to compare the two.

The Six-Foot Rats is written for 6-10-year-olds but can be enjoyed by everyone! The book features full-colour illustrations by Christchurch teacher and illustrator Rebecca Gibbs. The characters are cute and lively and this book can be read as a bedtime story with no worries of tears or nightmares! Unlike many of the lab animals in New Zealand, the heroes of our book have a happy ending that will inspire and uplift children!


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We aim to have the Six-Foot Rats in all good book stores, all primary schools and many libraries across New Zealand. We also aim to get a lot of media attention around the book and its launch, which we will hold a special event for when we officially launch the book in October.

We think this book will gain a lot of attention from the public as this is the first book of its kind in New Zealand!

We also have several sponsors for the book, these are both individual people and supportive, cruelty-free organisations and companies. Both of which will have their name or logo in our book. You can read more about this at

We would love for you to be a part of our project!

To be sent a preview of the book via email or to order copies of the book for your store, contact: Tara Jackson, NZAVS Executive Director
Mobile: 0278161926 Land line: 03 3790093
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"The Six-Foot Rats, with its delightful illustrations, introduces children to the important issue of animal testing without giving them nightmares. I highly recommend this imaginative and informative book."- Jane Goodall, Ph.D., Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

NZAVS collaborated with Rebecca Gibbs who wrote and illustrated the book. Rebecca is a teacher and illustrator from Gisborne, New Zealand.

She has a passion for creating stories through engaging illustrations. She currently lives and teaches in Christchurch with her rescue cat and energetic Border Collie. Rebecca's favourite things to illustrate are animals and adventurous characters! Before studying Communications and Design at CPIT, she worked as a full-time primary school teacher both in New Zealand and overseas.

Rebecca was recently a finalist in the Storylines Gavin Bishop Illustration Award 2017.

Rebecca wrote and illustrated this book for the purpose of helping NZAVS raise money to continue their work which is very close to her heart. Up until a few years ago Rebecca believed, like most New Zealanders, that animal testing was an unfortunate necessity. After being approached by NZAVS to do some design work, she began to look into vivisection and was shocked to learn the facts surrounding its validity. Since that time, she has continued to work with NZAVS to create a picture book that would prevent children from growing up believing the same untruths she did.

General Fields

  • : 9780473395247
  • : The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society Inc
  • : The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society Inc
  • : October 2017
  • : 210mm X 280mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rebecca Gibbs
  • : Paperback
  • : Rebecca Gibbs
  • : 28
  • : Full colour