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The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents (Discworld Novels) Paperback – 4 Nov 2002
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Terry Pratchett returns to children's stories and to his infamous Discworld with Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, a clever spin on the Pied Piper fairytale with a lavish sprinkling of the Practchett magic.
Maurice is a talking cat who leads a band of rather special rats from town to town to fake invasions of vermin. Keith, in cahoots with Maurice, turns up with his flute and leads the rats out of town--a hefty reward in tow. It's a scam that works perfectly... until they arrive in the town of Bad Blintz and their ruse is sussed by the young girl Malicia. Maurice and his mice realise they are about to be caught in the middle of something rather bad.
This is a fresh and funny adventure story that allows Pratchett to make free use of his immense comic talents (the talking rats are easily some of his most hilarious creations). It's also full of cute little ideas: the mice take their names from cans and packets lying in rubbish dumps, so we have heroes called "Big Savings" and "Best Before".
Terry Pratchett has created a wonderful, old-fashioned tale where the subtle morals and lessons never hinder the action. Younger children may initially struggle with Mr Pratchett's unusual style, but once they get to grips with the humour, this will be a laugh-a-minute for both kids and their parents. (Ages 8 and over) --Jon Weir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasy" (Guardian)
"Simply gripping story-telling" (The Times)
"Pratchett is a prodigious creator of narratives...Maurice is packed with powerful themes and images...a very grown-up story, and a deserving Carnegie winner." (The Independent)
"For sheer green-eyed-monster writer's envy, I have to confess to wishing I'd been the author of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.Not only is it powerful, passionate, mordantly funny and, at one point, unbearably sad, it is that rarest of things: a book that is heaven to read out loud to a pyjama-clad child." (Debi Gliori Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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