10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An excellent novel but far darker than his normal kids books,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Hardcover)
I bought this novel while I was in hospital. It`s typically Pratchett slant on the "cosy" Pied Piper legend (the rats being hand in glove with the piper and his feline "mastermind" to scam the townsfolk) was a masterpiece. The rats too were the best character creations since the City Watch. However I thought that some of the themes and imagery in the book were a little darker than I would have expected in a junior Pratchett novel. The rats cannibalistic tendancies and merciless extermination of the king-rats "guards" were far stronger stuff than the "Bromiliad" or the "Johnny" books. Personally I thought it was brilliant stuff and hopefully the rats will make many a Discworld appearence to come. Fitting that a popular character such as the Grim Squeaker should have his own "audience".