I Was a Rat!: Or, the Scarlet slippersPaperback
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- Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 11mm | 129g
- Publication date: 4 November 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0440866391
- ISBN 13: 9780440866398
- Illustrations note: b&w line drawings
- Sales rank: 60,293
I WAS A RAT!' So insists Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he NOW? A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? The Daily Scourge is sure of it. A money-spinning fairground freak? He is to Mr Tapscrew. A champion wriggler and a downy card? That's what Billy hopes. Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. Only one of them knows who Roger really is. And luckily a story about her can sell even more newspapers than one about a rat-boy ...
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Philip Pullman is one of the most highly acclaimed children's authors of the decade. He has been on the shortlist of just about every major children's book award in the last few years, and has won the Smarties Prize (Gold Award, 9-11 age category) for THE FIREWORK-MAKER'S DAUGHTER and the prestigious Carnegie Medal for NORTHERN LIGHTS. He was the first children's author ever to win the Whitbread Prize for his novel THE AMBER SPYGLASS.
"This is a highly artful, child-friendly pastiche which takes a famous fairy tale as its starting point, pokes fun at adult pretensions and gullibility on the way, and rattles along to a deeply satisfying conclusion" Daily Telegraph "Combining elements of fairy tale, satire, slapstick humour and suspenseful melodrama ... A glorious tale" Guardian "All life is here in this skilful unfolding of a very human tale from a great storyteller" The Bookseller "A comic genius of children's fiction" The Times "A skilful fusion of fairytale and contemporary culture, combining elements of satire, slapstick humour and suspenseful melodrama to create a wonderfully imaginative story that can be read on many levels" Writeaway!