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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld #28)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  20,676 ratings  ·  754 reviews
Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal

One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town.

They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 2001)
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Dan Schwent
Maurice, a talking cat, leads a group of talking mice and a stupid-looking kid into a town called Bad Blintz looking for one last score with their pied piper scam. Only Bad Blintz has troubles of its own...

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

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
Maurice watched them argue again. 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.

Maurice and his savvy, talking rodents arrive in town, ready once again to pull the old "Pied Piper" scheme. They scare the bejeezus out of the townsfolk, nibble on the comestibles and widdle everywhere. The citizens waste no time hiring Keith to play his magic flute, rats follow him out of the village, everybody splits the money and VOILA! - i
Mar 09, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crispin Glover
Recommended to Mariel by: Michael Jackson
What was up with that bullshit message of Ratatouille? (I hope I'm spelling that correctly. I'm gonna look so dumb! In my defense, I've always been the pickiest of eaters.) That whole "Don't steal from humans!" thing. They were rats! What did they care if humans stuck flags and paper umbrellas in every little thing? They shouldn't. The rat had as much right to saffron as stupid Lugini did.

The rodents in Terry Prachett's Maurice and his Educated Rodents are - D'oh! Sorry, Maurice! The AMAZING Mau
Well, I have definitely learned a lot about rats. I have mixed feelings about this book. Terry Pratchett is usually SO GOOD at mixing light-hearted silliness with a more macabre subject matter, but this time something felt a little… off. The rats are great at first, a nice blend of ratty grossness and the angst that comes with sudden enlightenment… or puberty. The rat characters are well-developed and as authentic as a bunch of talking rats can be. Maurice the cat is also a wonderful character.

Meatier, and less confusing, than most Discworld novels, imo. Probably a decent introduction to the series, next time you go recommending Pratchett. But it also stands alone.

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

Re-Read this recently while traveling. It's interesting to see Pratchett's first run at writing something officially YA.

It's a good read. Smart. Funny. And pleasantly stand-alone. It's easy to see why he won the Carnegie award for it.

But in my opinion, it doesn't hold a candle to his later YA books that feature Tiffany Aching: Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, etc.

The Wee Free Men

Cory Hughart
This is a 'young adult' novel? I think Terry must have gotten fed up with the run-of-the-mill children's books and decided to do a sort of parody of them, one where the characters constantly make references to the fact that real life is not like 'Mr. Bunnsy Has an Adventure'.

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
Io amo la mia copertina. Ma, ma..è adorabile, e poi gli occhietti che riflettono la luce apposta. Cioè, questa copert..ehm, sì. Parliamo del libro.
Primo libro di Terry Pratchett: prova passata con buoni voti. La storia è sempre una storia per bambini, però è piacevole anche per chi è cresciutello. Divertente e carina, intrisa anche di riflessioni dal tono personalissimo dei topi Mutanti (che non sono come gli altri topi), specie su cosa c'è dopo la morte. Il Grande Topo? A proposito di nomi: fan
Camilla P.
Che dire, sono rimasta molto sorpresa. E' un libro godibilissimo, a tratti molto profondo, a tratti particolarmente ironico. Un libro in cui i Topi sono più umani degli Umani, in cui l'autore propone riflessioni profonde mascherate da racconto per bambini. Certo, i momenti divertenti non mancano, ma sono rimasta colpita soprattutto da questi pensieri che, attraverso la bocca di Fagiolino, Pesche, Abbronzante, Sardine, e tutti i Mutanti, raggiungono chi legge e rimangono nella testa, a far arrove ...more
12/9/08 first read: I find it amazing how many important concepts Terry Pratchett manages to pack into this little 278 page book!

7/22/13: Reread. Love the way the rats develop their civilization: thinking, writing, teaching, learning, religion, protecting their future, and that of those weaker than themselves. Even hints of suffrage for females. Best of all is Darktan (and others) learning the responsibilities of leadership. As always with Pratchett, simple and fun--but deep down so very very wi
The Amazing Pratchett and His Gleeful Renditions

"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.'"
Maurice, the intelligent cat, masterminds a team of similarly intelligent rats and a boy piper in a scam that's very familiar. They travel to a new town, only to find out that someone's beaten them to it, and that someone doesn't like sharing.
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
Amanda Cole
I like cats, especially talking ones who swindle people out of their money. I like philosophy, particularly when talking rats, whom I also like, are the ones doing it (but, some of them prefer to tap dance). I like stupid-looking kids who wind up kind of being heroes, and snotty know-it-all girls who read too many books and think that life should work like a story, when life can always be worse than the most terrifying story you can think of. In fact, I think that's what 'The Amazing Maurice' is ...more
Last Read Feb 2003

Finished The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. For just over 250 pages, it was a pretty quick read. I'm of two minds about it being a juvie - some of the descriptions were a bit grim, for example. But then again, ya gotta learn the hard lessons sometime. Not quite as serious as some of his later Discworld novels (see my comments on Night Watch) but a more polished work than the early ones.

The rats' names were a hoot - I may adopt Dangerous Beans as a
Primo - e finora unico - libro di questo autore che leggo. Si inserisce in un filone che potremmo dire di fantasy parodico.
Rinunciando a qualunque pretesa di "letterarietà", Terry Pratchett si limita a scrivere brevi romanzi di ambientazione fantasy, con lo scopo di sovvertire il genere stesso. Così, in questa storia strampalata, i cui protagonisti sono degli animali che cercano di raggirare gli uomini, è ricco di piccole e sottili citazioni (il pifferario magico, su tutti, ma anche molte favol
Sono definitivamente innamorata di quest'uomo! Si può forse non amare un autore che ti fa ridere da sola mentre leggi, infila ragionamenti filosofici in un libro per bambini e ti tiene incollata alla pagina dall'inizio alla fine?
La lettura in lingua, poi, aggiunge il fascino dell'originalità...per quanto bravo sia un traduttore, alcuni scambi di battute non rendono nemmeno la metà in traduzione, quindi la mia lettura del mondo disco procederà in lingua originale, è deciso! Grazie di esistere, T
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
- Слушай какво ще ти кажа. Ако не превърнеш живота си в приказка, просто ставаш част от нечия друга приказка.
- А ако приказката ти не става?
- Сменяш я, докато не намериш такава, дето ще става.
Every time I re-read this story I am truly amazed at how good it is. I always cry, no spoilers, despite the fact that I know what happens. And I always end with a smile on my face, happy that some stories just end - right.
Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is the 28th book in his stand alone series of novels set in the magical realm of Discworld, it is only the 4th novel I have read but Discworld already feels like a safe and familiar home to me. It is funny that this is the first “Discworld” novel written for a YA audience because I have always felt that there was something incredibly sweet about the “Discworld”. That is not to say that there is not evil and maliciousness to be found ...more
Robert Sloan
Oddly enough this one competes for my top favorite Terry Pratchett book. I think a great deal of it is that Maurice is a Real Cat as much as a Real Character. I'm as soft on cats as any cat lover. But like most real cat lovers, I like cats as they are and don't expect them to be cute little fluffy bunnies with pointed ears. They're fanged, clawed, whip-quick obligate carnivores with a sense of humor all too human at times and a wicked intelligence. The pleasure of having a cat is knowing one of ...more
Durch die magischen Abfälle der Unsichtbaren Universität können eine Gruppe Ratten und der Kater Maurice plötzlich denken und sprechen. Natürlich darf bei dieser Kombination ein Flötenspieler nicht fehlen und so ziehen sie von Stadt zu Stadt, inszenieren Rattenplagen und verdienen so ihr Geld.
Während der gewitzte Maurice nur daran denkt, seinen Reichtum zu mehren, stellen sich die Ratten immer öfter ethische Fragen und träumen von einer Insel, auf der sie in Ruhe leben können.
Doch dann kommen s
So, I'm calling this a "YA Fic" book, because that's what everyone says it is. But quite frankly, if I didn't know it, I would just think of it as a Discworld novella. I was a BIT hesitant about reading Pratchett's YA stuff, but I'm very glad I did.

If this is indeed YA Fic, then hallelujah. Because finally, people don't assume that "kids/teens" = "simple, bland, and sanitary". JK Rowling knew the problem with this, and that's why Harry Potter is so excellent. Pratchett has done the same.

The stor
Judie Holliday
I wasn't as enchanted with this book as I have been with some of his other books for kids. The Bromeliad was great - not too much Pratchett Preach - lots of fun. This one started well and then went off on what I can only describe as a Pratchettologue. The rats got truly weird, if that's not truly weird in itself.

Perhaps I'm a bit slow, but I've noticed a pattern in Pratchett's kids books (maybe I'm really slow and it isn't just in the kids books). A 'story' begins, one you almost but not quite
Rebecca Huston
A boy, a cat and a group of laboratory rats are planning one last scam to fund getting to someplace peaceful. The twist in this is that the cat and the rats can talk -- Maurice, the cat, has reached an 'understanding' with the rats, and so far, it's holding. But the town they pick -- Bad Blintz -- is a bit more than they had expected, and at the heart of it is something truly evil. Four stars from me, and a recommended. Be warned while this is a children's book -- more YA than anything else -- s ...more
Nicholas Whyte

I think this was the only remaining Discworld novel which I had not read; the first of the subset primarily aimed at younger readers. Maurice, slightly to my surprise, turns out to be a talking cat, associated with a group of talking rats who have acquired intelligence accidentally. As ever with Pratchett, it is funny and humane, with a touch of darkness and a couple of moral / political lessons for the young human characters (and thus also the reader).
Shannon Cooley
I picked this up wanting something quick and funny that wouldn't make me think much. Well, it was definitely funny, rather bizarre, and I was touched by the surprisingly sweet and/or astute philosophical moments in the book. Without breaking character or tone, Pratchett manages to bring up questions and insights about humanity, consciousness, religion, society, racism, and more. As far as voice goes, there were parts that had me laughing out loud. He's very good at setting up for a punch line wi ...more
I read this out loud to my kids and it was delightful. The story of a cat and a clan of rats who ate some mysterious garbage and as a result became intelligent. Now they go around scamming villages with a pied piper scheme. They cause a rat plague and then bring in a "piper" to rid the town of rats. It's a very philosophical story as well since the rats and Maurice are beginning to understand ethics and right and wrong and light and darkness. Think Rats of NIMH with more humor. My kids begged me ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, kids
I'm not sure if this is more of an adventure or a fantasy, but it was good fun! Pratchett is a master at taking a well known story and giving it a tweak or two until it becomes something completely unexpected. The story in question this time around is the Pied Piper. And the tweak is that the rats are in on the deal and agree to split the money with the piper. So much fun! I liked the cameo appearance by DEATH. If you're a fan of his Discworld books, this one is worth looking for in the kids boo ...more
Jimmakos Gavagias
Very interesting book.It was an apocalypse for me cause i had not read Pratchett before.It's a story with mice with revelations for humanity.It reminded me a lot the Animal farm.I enjoyed the story,the plot,the writing,the messages.I feel lucky that i bought this book cause it was accidentally and also an sales...The only reason i didn't 5stared the book was the misguiding title who was childish and made me think it was a book for kids and when i discovered it's not i was so surprised that i cou ...more
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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“If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.” 398 likes
“Listen, Peaches, trickery is what humans are all about," said the voice of Maurice. "They're so keen on tricking one another all the time that they elect governments to do it for them.” 85 likes
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