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

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  28,472 Ratings  ·  1,093 Reviews
Terry Pratchett's ingeniously upended tale of the Pied Piper, has a roving band of highly intelligent rats as its heroic protagonists. Matthew Holmes' script and songs capture the plot in a captivating musical for children to perform and everyone to enjoy.
Paperback, 56 pages
Published 2011 by A. & C. Black (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
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Tijana
Standardno dobar Pračet (ovo zapravo mogu da napišem za svaku njegovu knjigu, osim za one s Rinsvindom, koje zbog nečeg ne podnosim) koji je iz nepoznatih razloga marketinški plasiran kao dečja knjiga. Nekad imam utisak da je za marketinško plasiranje nečega kao dečjeg dovoljno da nema eksplicitnog seksa i ružnih reči.
Mala beleška: mnogo mi se sviđa kako aktuelna prevoditeljka Pračeta, Nevena Andrić, rešava probleme lokalno obojenog kolokvijalnog govora. Nisu sva rešenja idealna i da čitam upore
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Clouds

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 wh
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Melki
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
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Anna
Nov 23, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Υπέροχο βιβλίο από έναν ευφάνταστο παραμυθά! Καταιγιστική περιπέτεια εμπνευσμένη από το Μαγικό Αυλό, με πολλούς ποντικούς που κατευθύνει ένας ραδιούργος γάτος (everybody wants to be a cat... παραραμ!!! καλά, μπορεί να θέλει να γίνει και ένα εξελιγμένο τρωκτικό βέβαια...)

Έχει και ηθικό μήνυμα στο τέλος!!

Δεν προτείνεται σε όσους δεν αρέσουν οι ποντικο-μονομαχίες...
Mariel
Nov 08, 2009 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Jay
Jan 18, 2017 Jay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Talk to the paw, because the whiskers aren't listening. Overdrive has informed me that I listened to the entirety of this. I say, it's debatable.

Here's why Pratchett is a miss with me. I want to experience the story as a character. This requires a deep point of view. But Pratchett always does this (to the tune of Row Your Boat):

Tell, tell, tell, the tale,
tell the fricking tale.
If you want to be shown,
you can go to Hale.


Yes, one minute you are a star whistling through the cosmos, the next, a cat
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Carolyn
May 21, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Terry Pratchett's first YA Discworld novel and as to be expected it is a lot of fun.It's based on the Pied Piper story with Maurice the talking cat, a band of talking rats (they all ate something strange at the dump) and a stupid looking kid who plays the flute. They go from village to village scamming the villagers into paying for the piper to rid the town of rats who are running amok, widdling on the cheese and swimming in the cream. The rats are very cute with names they've taking fro ...more
Patrick
Mar 07, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

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Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another author I was slow in finding, Pratchett has a wicked and beautifully twisted sense of humor. I would call this book a recrafting of the Pied Piper story, but that really doesn't even begin to describe it. All the characters, human or otherwise, are wonderfully drawn, and the story is well worth your time. Sheesh, this guy is prolific, too. I need to get back to work now!
YouKneeK
Mar 11, 2017 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is the first young adult Discworld book. It was a short book, and a cute story, but I thought it was pretty substantial in terms of both plot and messages. The plot was certainly more substantial than many of his adult Discworld books. I didn’t think there was quite as much humor, but it had its funny moments.

The basic premise is that some of the rats in Ankh-Morpork, after eating magical rubbish dumped by the residents of the Unseen University, have
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Alice
Jun 18, 2007 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

B
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MB (What she read)
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
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Наталия Янева
Jun 09, 2013 Наталия Янева rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Всичко започва от по-далеч. От това как едни плъхове започнали да Мислят. И осъзнали, че трябва да има правила (нещо, което дори на нас, хората, често ни убягва. Например простичкото правило „Не пикай, където се храниш“. Доста човеци изглежда смятат, че са над тия неща).
Уличният котарак Морис предвожда своята групичка от умни плъхове и едно хлапе с неоспорим свирачески талант и повече акъл, отколкото изглежда на пръв поглед, и отръсква кесиите на разни плъхобоязливи градчета. Това, което Морис
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James Beech
Oct 26, 2009 James Beech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently reread this book and by "reread" I mean I listened to the audiobook, which is usually what I mean when I say reread (As a side note, Stephen Briggs is a great reader and I was pleasantly surprised to find that he used the same voice for Dark Tan as he does for Sam Vimes). I remember that the first time I read it, I didn't really like it that much, partly because it wasn't about Tiffany Aching and mostly because I was taken aback by the tone of the story. The Amazing Maurice is easily ...more
Camilla P.
Nov 21, 2010 Camilla P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cory Hughart
Oct 22, 2010 Cory Hughart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rasjel
Jul 24, 2012 Rasjel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.'"
Matt
Mar 23, 2017 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The piped piper comes to a town in Uberwald, but finds that he’s late to the show that features cats, rats, and stupid-looking kids talking to one another. The twenty-eighth and first young adult entry of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents finds the residents—new and old, human and nonhuman—town of Bad Blintz figuring out the fine line between real life and a story. The aim to bring the same Pratchett humor that adults love to a younger audience is o ...more
Melindam
"The important thing about adventures, thought Mr Bunnsy, was that they shouldn't be so long as to make you miss mealtimes."

"I suppose there is a Big Cat in the Sky, isn't there?"
"I'M SURPRISED AT YOU, MAURICE. OF COURSE THERE ARE NO CAT GODS. THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH LIKE . . . WORK."


I am not sure why I did not read this book before now. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I never found the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin very appealing when I was a child.

In retrospect, I should have known be
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Wastrel
A children's take on Discworld - but while that may mean it's simpler, it doesn't mean it's not just as dark. Not ideal for very young children, those prone to nightmares, or those who don't like rats...

For adult fans, it's a pleasant return to some elements of Pratchett's earlier writing (particularly the Bromeliad), with all the polish and sophistication of his later work. Doesn't read as any more child-oriented than many of his early Discworld novels, like Equal Rites or Mort - less sly sexua
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Anastasia
Aug 16, 2011 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
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
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OhWell
Jan 30, 2017 OhWell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique take on the Pied Piper of Hamelin, definitely more humorous than the original story. Adults will make more connections than children, true, but it’s an entertaining read no matter what your age.

I loved the “quotes” from the supposed “Mr Bunnsy has an adventure” (a nod to Beatrix Potter, I’m sure), especially the opening one:
One day, when he was naughty, Mr Bunnsy looked over the hedge into Farmer Fred's field and it was full of fresh green lettuces. Mr Bunnsy, however, was not full of
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been looking forward to this one, the first YA Discworld novel, and probably the best despite not offering the publisher's the chance to print money by turning in to a standalone YA series - that would come later of course. By riffing on the Pied Piper legend/fairy tale Pratchett is playing it safe, using the readers prior knowledge to introduce his own sense of playful storytelling and humour, as well as allowing himself to softly broach his pet subjects of fate vs free will, self-determination ...more
Tom
The first officially YA Discworld book, but despite that it's still dark, scary — truly terrifying in some sequences — and full of mature themes about death and life, and ethics and existentialism.

It's also goddamn wonderful from go to whoa. The book is packed with dozens of loveable characters, from the titular Maurice, truly the Danny Ocean of cats, to the many varied and fascinating rats (Darktan and Sardines being among my favourites). Malicia is also a brilliant character, a girl obsessed w
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Ghost Ryter
I've been meaning to read something by Sir Terry Pratchett for about two years, and now that I have...

The man was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I was expecting a funny, wacky take on the Pied Piper story, and that's what I thought I was reading for nearly half of it. But then it became much, much more. The hilarity and cleverness was unexpectedly woven with something very profound. Would you call this book a political/social commentary? I'm not sure. That sounds dry and heavy though, and The
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Maria
Nov 27, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, funny
Ενώ έχω διαβάσει αρκετά βιβλία του αγαπημένου Τέρι Πράτσετ και σε όλα ως τώρα διασκέδασα και πέρασα καλά, σε αυτό δυστυχώς δεν τα κατάφερα. Κάτι με εμπόδισε να το απολαύσω. Κάτι μου έλειπε. Μπορεί να είνα και η αηδία μου για τα ποντίκια, μπορεί να είναι και ότι τον Μορίς, εγώ προσωπικά δεν τον βρήκα εκπληκτικό. 3 στα 5 γιατί μου άρεσε κάπως η Μαλίσια.
Adelina 'Змей' Genova
- 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.


http://knigozavar.com/2013/09/30/the-...
Badseedgirl
Feb 01, 2014 Badseedgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Cole
May 17, 2012 Amanda Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

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