We’re big fans of Chinese zodiac-themed items for unique baby gifts. Although let’s face it, this lunar year being the year of the rat doesn’t inherently provide as many cute options as say, the year of the monkey or the year of the pig.

One gift that we’re loving, is the appropriately named The Year of the Rat: Tales From the Chinese Zodiac, the next in Oliver Chin’s wonderful series. Miah Alcorn’s illustrations have a frenetic, smile-inducing, Cartoon Network feel about them – a perfect complement to the engaging story of a baby rat infused with "rat" characteristics of cleverness, ambition, and ingenuity.

He’s also nimble. Which I think is code for hyperactive. Be forewarned, mamas of 2008 babies. –Liz

Congratulations to Alexa M, who won an autographed copy of the book!