I Was a Rat!: Complete & Unabridged: Or, the Scarlet Slippers (Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – 30 Apr 2001
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With the feel of a Grimm's Fairy Story, but with a thoroughly modern twist, Philip Pullman's I Was a Rat is an intriguing, sparkling story by an author who never ceases to amaze.
When Old Bob the Cobbler and his Washerwoman Wife, Joan, find a strange little boy on their doorstep, the search for his true parentage begins. But the child, who insists that he was once a rat, a condition diagnosed as "rodent delusion" by the doctor, finds coming to terms with being a normal little boy rather confusing. Taken to the Palace by the Philosopher Royal--who decides that he is indeed a "curious and interesting case", his fame spreads and he finds himself back on the streets, facing ridicule on the pages of the Daily Scourge where he is maligned as a monster, and finds his life threatened because of his reputation.
Set against the backdrop of a Royal Wedding--which in itself gives Pullman the opportunity to take a wry and effective sideways glance at the way the press can manipulate public feeling, and with the addition of a smart twist to the tale which allows the newly-wed Princess Aurelia to show her true colours--I Was a Rat is pure pleasure from beginning to end. Pullman delivers yet another opportunity to prove that his startling ability to effortlessly transport readers to another dimension is a force to be reckoned with. (Ages 7 to 11) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Phillip Pullman's tale is fast and clever."
-"New York Times Book Review" Sunday, May 14, 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
My dad bought me this book for me, recommended by my English tutor who encourages me to read books for better descriptive writing and vocab. When the book first arrived, I looked at the front cover and it looked like a boring book, but as they say "never judge a book by its cover".
"I was a rat" is a story of a boy who claims he used to be a rat. We also meet an eccentric Mr Tapscrew, along with the beautiful princess who has some secrets that are untold but could be revealed later in the book.
The pictures are quite amusing and detailed as well as the headlines about the rat boy and the bias ballots on the headline. He is always up to extreme mischief and hangs around bad influences. With him in the story it makes the whole book an adventure.
Overall, I think this is a great story to read by Philip Pullman and it's a good book to bury your head in it and forget about current thoughts.
Reviewed By George Chandler
The book is all about a little boy in a page boys uniform who knocks on Bob and Joans door. They take him in and all he can tell them about where he comes from is "I was a rat." They take him everywhere: to the police, to the hospital and then to school.
The funniest part is when he is in school and the teacher says "get out your pencils and we shall do some arithmetic" the little boy (who Bob and Joan name Roger!) has already learnt the word pencil, and as he was a rat before he likes to eat them. So he says to himself "I've just learnt a new word! Arithmetic means a snack"
I really recommend you read this amusing book and I hope it brings a smile to your face (whether young or old) like it did to mine.
Thankyou Phillip Pullman for writing this book
Keep writing more.
As always, Pullman turns the world as you know it on its head - to a world that's, in many ways, more real than our own.
For children this is a nice story with some nasty and scary bits and a happy ending. Adults will see the criticism of the way things work in this world of ours.
It is a story about a rat who is turned into a page-boy, for the purpose of a Royal Ball, but who doesn't get turned back into a rat. After the Royal Ball is over our page-boy ends up wandering the streets and is taken in by a kindly old married couple. Who with great love and patience try to teach him how to behave like a good little boy and not like a rodent.
However, our page-boy gets himself into all kinds of scrapes and this makes for a great story. He finds himself at the mercy of the unscupulous Mr Tapscrew, so-called experts and the populist newspaper The Daily Scourge.
This novel is obviously set in times gone by but somehow manages to mirror our modern society. It also deals with human nature, both good and bad, in an excellent manner.
I recommend this book not only to children but to adults too. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm 45!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very happy. The book arrived quickly. It looks brand new to me i would recommend this book.Published 2 months ago by Assia
I read this with my Year 4 children and they absolutely loved it! A great storyline with both
challenging and interesting vocabulary. Read more
Great story, my book club are loving it! Lots to discuss and some suitably challenging vocabulary for year 4, 5 and 6 children.Published on 9 April 2014 by Andy
Good quality book which arrived promptly and well packaged. Ideal for reading to my class before we watched the stage play version.Published on 17 May 2013 by Mrs. C. A. Robertson
We went to see the play and wanted to read the book....it was excellent!
I would definetly purchase more books by Philip Pullman.