The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28)
With the debut of his first young-adult novel, science fiction writer Terry Pratchett invites readers ages 12 and up to visit Discworld -- an imaginary land well known to Pratchett's adult following. At the heart of this tale is a slightly twisted take on the old Pied Piper theme, a talking, thinking cat named Maurice, and a supporting cast of...more
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.
I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.
I remember being given a copy of Reaper Man whe...more
The rodents in Terry Prachett's Maurice and his Educated Rodents are - D'oh! Sorry, Maurice! The AMAZING Mau...more
Terry Pratchett really knows how to write a kids book. I would have devoured this thing when I was a lad. Maurice and the rats are good characters, as is Keith, the aforementioned stupid-looking kid. The origin of Maurice and the rats' intelligence was fairly well done. Hell, it's a fantasy st...more
"Humans, eh? Think they're lords of creation. Not like us cats. We know we are. Ever see a cat feed a human? Case proven."
"'If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.'
'And what if your story doesn't work?'
'You keep changing it until you find one that does.'"
This is definitely a novel that teens can digest, but there are some parts that are even more grim and depressing than many of Pratchett's 'adult' books. I am reading the Discworld series in order of publication, and I was d...more
And (to speak to some of the other reviewers) yes it's YA, and yes it's grimmer and more serious than some of his 'adult' work - that's because teens aren't junior adults who want junior reads - they are in the process of actively figuring out the world and their place in it and they crave substance and intensity in their b...more
Citation: Pratchett, T. (2001). The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
Genre: fantastical adventure
Awards: 2001 Margaret A. Edwards’ Award Honor Book; 2001 Carnegie Medal
Selection process: Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was mentioned in Literature for Young Adults during a discussion about Terry Pratchett’s books and the Margaret A. Edwards Awards. Reviews found through Academic Search Complete, almost without e...more
Maurice, a streetwise tomcat, has come up with the perfect scam. Inspired by the Pied Piper tale, cat and kid lead a band of rats from town to town to fake invasions of vermin. The rewards to get the rats out of town are plentiful. It works perfectly - until their little con game is sussed.From Publishers Weekly
For this outrageously cheeky tale, British writer Pratchett pairs a dynamite plot with memorable characters a group of intelligent rats sporting such monikers as Hamnpork, Big Savings
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My favorite character is a girl named Malicia, grand-niece of the sisters Grim (one m; their "fairy stories" are macabre), who has read many books and confuses them with reality, as when she asserts that because the Rats' boy is an orphan, he must also...more
Ok, so on to the book. If I remember correctly, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is one of the books aimed at children, like the Tiffany Aching series. It actually doesn't matter, because even though it's funny (and the humour is more obvious), it does have a deeper message.
This is the BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK IN THE WORLD. Why?
1) It takes anthropological concepts, wraps it in fable, and dishes it out in a way that children can understand. Kids can be a curious lot with many questions (e.g. Why is the sky blue? W...more
Първата книга На сър-а, която прочетох. Изключително съм щастлив, че именно тя ми беше първата. Много фенове споделят, че обикновено първата остава любима - може и така да е, но и самата тя е по-различна от останалите. Корицата изключително ме грабна и, всъщност, тя бе първата и основна причина да си купя книгата. Дори оформлението беше различно от обичайното. Може би и този странен индивидуализъм ме доубеди да я грабна, защото не съм фен на дългите поредици, особено, когато ня...more
This is one of my favorite Pratchett books. While shorter than most, it still contains many of the major themes of its more "adult" brethren, and does it better to boot. There's discussions on the nature of humanity, the value of stories, and meaning of dea...more
This was one of the earlier books of Pratchett's I'd read, but I'd forgotten how dark it was. This book is certainly meant for a younger audience but it is a lot more serious than most of Pratchett's "adult" novels.
I was particularly disturbed by the Rat King, dear God, what the hell.
All of that misery and death however, is balanced by what sho...more
"The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents" is a young adult book set in the Discworld series. All that means is he scaled back the social and political commentary and took it easy on the quantum physics discussions.
It's a pretty good model for what young adult fiction should be. It's a good story, it's not even remotely condescending, an...more
A talking cat, a clan of opinionated rats and a stupid-looking boy travel the land together, swindling unsuspecting villages until they encounter a town with evil lurking in the sewers, changing their plans entirely.
Maurice is a big-mouthed cat and savvy con artist who teams up with a pack of talking rats and a stupid looking boy named Keith, taking their pied-piper scheme across the land to hilarious effect in another Terry Pratchett novel set in Discworld. The haphazard band of...more
This is a very grown-up story, though it was awarded the Carnegie Award for Children's L...more
CINEMATIC! LAUGHABLE! WITTY! PHILOSOPHICAL! SCIENTIFIC! DANCY! ANTI-WAR! ANTI-SEMANTIC! ANTI-MICE! LIVELY!
TERRY PRATCHETT <33333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333!
AND! the whole thing in my imagination was a perfect Dreamwork's animation! I've just directed a whole animation based on a novel in ma head!!! lOl
here's just a list of the characters and ow i got them in ma swiveling imagination:
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