Superbly economic storytelling that manages to pack quite a thoughtful punch in these days of 'fake news" and is one of the best of the alternative versions of a familiar tale
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Featuring wonderful new illustrations from Peter Bailey, this intriguing and exciting tale of chance and misfortune by multi award-winning Philip Pullman, is perfect for readers young and old. I was a Rat! Roger insists, and insists . . . In fact, when Bob the cobbler and his washerwoman wife, Joan, find the young boy abandoned on their doorstep, these are the only words he says. And he does have ratty behaviour, it's true. Staying with Bob and Joan, however, Roger learns quickly to behave more like a human child. They try to find his parents, but the orphanage, police and hospital all have nothing on their records about a lost boy in the city. What is the truth? As more and more people find out about Roger the mysterious rat-boy he faces more and more danger. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected of places . . .
A comic genius of children's fiction - The Times
Fairy tale, satire, slapstick humour and suspenseful melodrama . . . a glorious tale - Guardian
[A] perfectly shaped story . . . a fairy tale, an adventure, a parody and certainly a book that shines - Literacy and Learning
|Publication date:||7th June 2018|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
Philip Pullman is the author of the multi-award winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. He has won numerous awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. In 2008, The Times named Pullman as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Read more the author here. Author photo © Michael Leckie portrait.More About Philip Pullman