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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Synopsis

A spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale by master storyteller 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. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Press Reviews

together, writer and artist have created here a work of immense and deeply moving energy. It is a truly remarkable achievement....It is a most important work of art! -- The School Librarian * The School Librarian * Morpurgo has done a wonderful job of bringing the pied piper to life while Chichester Clark's illustrations are a vision to behold. * Daily Express * The great duo strike gold again with this stunning picture book, weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into the reworking of this Browning poem. * Angels and Urchins * Emma Chichester Clark's illustrations are outstanding -- Amanda Craig * The Times * Emma Chichester Clark's illustrations ... create gorgeous, detailed tapestries: never was a swarm of rats so beautiful. Michael Morpurgo's version has a timeless sense of justice * The Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406345193
Publication date: 1st September 2013
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 64 pages

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has written more than ninety books and and has won numerous prizes, including both the Whitbread Award and the Children's Book Award. His books include retellings of Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, as well as Beowulf and Sir Gawain the Green Knight, both illustrated by Michael Foreman. Michael Morpurgo was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005. He lives in Devon. Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1980 to 1983, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. In 1988, she won the Mother Goose Award for the most exciting newcomer ...

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