The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
A fantastic new B- format edition of the master storyteller's Carnegie Medal- winning junior Discworld novel.
Imagine a million clever rats. Rats that don't run. Rats that fight- Maurice, a scruffy tomcat with an eye for the main chance, has the perfect fiddle going. He has a stupid-looking kid for a piper, and he has his very own plague of rats- rats who are strangely educated, so Maurice can no longer think of them as 'lunch'. And everyone knows the stories about rats and pipers- and is giving him lots of money- Until they try the trick in the far- flung town of Bad Blintz, and the nice little con suddenly goes down the drain. Someone there is playing a different tune. A dark, shadowy tune. Something very, very bad is waiting in the cellars. The rats must learn a new word. Evil. And it's not a game any more...
Praise for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
Ethically challenging, beautifully orchestrated, philosophically opposed to the usual plot fixes of fantasyGuardian
Simply gripping story-tellingThe Times
For sheer green-eyed-monster writer's envy, I have to confess to wishing I'd been the author of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.Not only is it 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 book uses humour to illuminate, rather than to satirise...Were Terry not demonstrably a master craftsman already, The Amazing Maurice might be considered his masterpiece. It demonstrates, if there was any doubt, that he is, unquestionably, a masterFinancial Times
Great yarn written in fairly simple textLiverpool 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