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I Was a Rat!
by Philip Pullman (more about Philip Pullman) 268/101 illustrated by Peter Bailey
first published 1999
Humour for ages 7 to 11 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £9.34, 
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A small boy who appears one night claiming he was a rat!
What happens?
Bob and Joan name the lost little boy, Roger, having no children of their own they quickly accept his odd habits and lack of knowledge about the world around him. But according to him up until three weeks ago he was a rat! He can't remember exactly what happened but he is eager to please and always tells the truth as best he can. Sadly Roger soon falls from one disaster into another, who can he trust and will Bob and Joan ever be able to find him again?
Is it easy to read?
Large text, pictures and simple language make this a great book to encourage the growing young reader.
Anything else?
Another great book from Pullman, he writes with such easy to understand language that the reader can get on with the plot and the humour he creates throughout the story. This story works on several levels, the basic story about Roger and his misadventures and then also the idea about human nature and how easily lead people can be. There is even an insight into all happy endings are not quite what they seem. This would be a very useful book for teachers to use on several topics, in the classroom. This book is soon to be broadcast on BBC 1, so get reading and enjoy!
Other books by Philip Pullman include Clockwork, His Dark Materials - Northern Lights, His Dark Materials - The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials - The Subtle Knife, Spring-Heeled Jack: a Story of Bravery and Evil, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Roger insists he was a rat. But what is he now? A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? A money-spinning fairground freak? 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 what do you think?
Anthony Breach, Town Green, Aughton
This is about a boy, a man, a woman and a princess. The boy is called Roger and first thinks that he is a rat, but as he goes later on in the story he thinks he's a boy. Roger is also captured by the circus, a gang of robbers and the king. At the end o
Joanna Carey, The Guardian
Combining elements of fairytale, satire, slapstick humour and suspenseful melodrama, Pullman puts this story together with his customary theatrical panache. The ingenuity of his finely tuned narrative machinery is brilliantly reflected in the subtle tones
Sarah Pollard, Spratton Hall
I liked this book was very good because it was quite exciteing and loveing. It made me feel lucky.
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
With the feel of a Grimm's Fairy Story, but with a thoroughly modern twist, Philip Pullman's I Was a Rat is an intriguing, sparkling story by an author who never ceases to amaze. When Old Bob the Cobbler and his Washerwoman Wife, Joan, find a strange litt
kyrie - anne whitfield, st joihns shool
hi again thanx for your reply i have seen i was a rat on flim it is so funny loive kyrie
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