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An intriguing and exciting tale about a rat who turned into a little boy and couldn't change back again, reissued in a new paperback edition.

When a small boy turns up on Bob and Joan's doorstep unable to say much except 'I was a rat', the kindly couple adopt him. It seems strange but Bob reads about odder things every day in his newspaper. To them, the sunny little chap is Roger, and he's trying hard to adapt to human life. But when he gets lost and ends up on the run, other people, egged on by their newspapers, are quick to see him as the Monster, a rodent fiend who could terrorise the town. Only a friend in a very high place could save Roger from the authorities who are determined to exterminate him- Cleverly weaving elements of the Cinderella story into a subtle parody of modern times, master storyteller Philip Pullman has created a gallery of fascinating characters from the virtuous to the villainous, in a book which will grip every reader who picks it up.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780440866398

    December 1, 2004

    Yearling

    176 pages

    RRP $14.99

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Also by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
His Dark Materials
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel
The Firework-Maker's Daughter
Clockwork Or All Wound Up
I Was A Rat! Or The Scarlet Slippers
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 2
His Dark Materials: The Complete Trilogy
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 1
The Adventures of the New Cut Gang
The Collectors
Northern Lights: His Dark Materials 1
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2
The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials 3
Grimm Tales
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag
Four Tales
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
Once Upon a Time in the North
Count Karlstein - The Novel
The Scarecrow and his Servant
Lyra's Oxford
Puss In Boots
Clockwork

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