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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

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LoveReading View on The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo is an excellent storyteller and here he is at his best. Seen through the eyes of two children, he captures the greed of the wealthy, the abject poverty of the poor and the terrible grief of all when the Pied Piper leads away the children. Retold in a simple and compelling style this is a lovely book to read aloud or alone. Emma Chichester Clark’s beautiful illustrations add delicate details to the text bringing it alive for all ages.


The Pied Piper of Hamelin Synopsis

This is a spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale, a compelling new take on this timeless story by master storyteller and former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word.

Michael Morpurgo’s retelling of the classic Browning poem couldn’t come at a more appropriate time in the aftermath of the riots by young people in London and other UK cities in August 2011. Michael Morpurgo says, “We are failing our young people who feel they are living without hope, without jobs and or a sense of a future.” Michael has skillfully woven contemporary social and environmental themes into his story.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Press Reviews

'Morpurgo is such a gifted storyteller that he manages to deliver the underlying darkness of this old fable with contemporary relevance.. A book to pass through the generations.' Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9781406315110
Publication date: 15/09/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406315110
Publication date: 15th September 2011
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Traditional Tales

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...

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