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A brand new edition of the Carnegie-medal-winning book, from master story-teller Terry Pratchett. With magical illustrations from Laura Ellen-Andersen

Even wizards produce leftovers.

But a wizard’s rubbish is laced with magic, and for the rats that forage this rubbish, the magic has changed them – they can speak and read, and have rather grand ambitions for a comfortable retirement.

Which is perfect for a con-cat like Maurice. He has his own magical talents, and wants to get rich quick. Together with the rats, and young (rather simple) Keith, the ‘piper’, they work the towns to create their very own plague of rats - then lure them away for cash.

But in the run-down town Bad Blintz, this little con goes wrong, and suddenly these educated rodents aren’t playing to the piper’s tune . . .

Reviews

Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasy

Guardian

Simply gripping story-telling

The Times

Powerful, passionate, mordantly funny and, at one point, unbearably sad, it is that rarest of things: a book that is heaven to read out loud to a pyjama-clad child

Debi Gliori, Daily Telegraph

An astonishing novel . . . I marvelled at the ferociousness of the humour, and the willingness to go into dark places . . . The Amazing Maurice might be considered his masterpiece.

Financial Times

Great yarn written in fairly simple text

Liverpool Echo

Will take you on a fantastic journey . . . Wonderful, funny and gripping

Kids Alive

It is far more than a fantasy about talking animals but about a man's relationship with the fellow creatures with which he shares this planet

Writing Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552576802

    May 15, 2018

    Corgi Childrens

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780552552028

    August 1, 2013

    Corgi Childrens

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780552562928

    July 1, 2011

    Corgi Childrens

    288 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781407070506

    May 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    304 pages

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