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Cinderella's Rat

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  162 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Life is full of surprises for the rat who gets turned into a coachman by Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Susan Meddaugh uses her wit and animated artwork to give a hilarious new take on an old tale in this story of an ordinary rat caught in extraordinary circumstances.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 26th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 15th 1997)
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An interesting take on the Cinderella story but focusing on the rat instead of on the actual heroine of the normal tail. The story searches what happens when change comes all of a sudden and sometimes how it can end up benefitting those who are caught by its actions.

The illustrations aren't the kind that I would have chosen from the book although they did fit to a certain degree.

All in all if you like to hear Cinderella from a rat's point-of-view and you are old enough to handle gruesome chap
Kate Johnson
Picture Book
Cute story about Cinderella's rat getting turned into a coachman. A fun twist on a familiar tale, and fun new perspective!
Mariah Olson
I absolutely loved reading this book, Cinderella's Rat, because it was from the perspective of the rat who was changed into a coach for Cinderella's famous pumpkin carriage that she rode to the ball in in her own story. I think it's a very unique view to consider what the animals who were changed by Cinderella's fairy-godmother went through on the night Cinderella's whole life changed. My favorite part of this book would have to be how the ending was not what I expected at all, but I loved the s ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Rat and his sister were a little surprised when Cinderella’s God Mother changed them in to a Coachman in order to get her to the ball. It was even more of a surprise when rat did not change back, he stayed boy. It was very troublesome that his sister however, changed back to a rat. Then a way-word wizard tries to fix the spell and it does not go exactly as planned. Just when they think that all is fixed Midnight strikes and it did not work. In the end Rat and his sister get the happily ever afte ...more
Tahira Hamilton
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone!
This fanticy picture book was a different twist to the old Cinderella story. This book was writen from the veiw point of the mouse. While this book is slightly funny the story just is not very interesting. The main character is turned into a human trys to save his siter rat and than gets turned back into a rat himself.
I could this story as a way of showing students how they could write their own verson of classic tales. After reading this, or other such book, I would than let my students write
Jenny Kaulback
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale
This is a cute tale about Cinderella's rat and how life is changed for him due to the same magic that changed Cinderella's life. While in the traditional telling of Cinderella, the girl who has lived a very unfair life and magic allows for new opportunities for her. This tells a similar story of a rat and his sister who are caught and have their lives changed by magic.

This text would best be used in a primary classroom to teach about fairytales, cause and effect, story sequencing and character d
Kathleen Ruff
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
A cute story with a twist on Cinderella since its told from his prospective.A brother and sister they were, then caught by the fairy godmother they became, next thing he knew he was a real live boy but his sister was still. While he was a boy he ate all he could seeing how as a mouse food was scarce but one day someone tried to stomp his sister. He screamed aloud and scooped up his sister and to a wizard he went hoping to turn his sister to a little girl but in the end, he was a rat and his sist ...more
CH - Marvin Childress
(print) Author/Illustrator: Susan Meddaugh; Age: 2nd grade
This is a tale which seems to mimic Cinderella, with Cinderella as the backdrop. It is told in first person, from the perspective of a mouse who is turned into a coachman/boy for the ball. He is faced with having to save a family member from danger, without revealing that he himself is a rat.

I like this story. It's a good/simple read and students would be able to make the connection between this story and Cinderella. This would teach stud
Katrina Yazzie
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting. Reading form the rat point of view. There wasn't that much of Cinderella and the fairy godmother in the book. I thought that it was nice of the rat to still save his sister when he was human although she got to turned into a human who barks. The end was pretty good that the sister was there to save the other rats from other cats who came. It could be a good read aloud for children.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one that we just happened upon when I was searching the catalog for more Cinderella stories for my three year old. It's by Susan Meddaugh, who is more famous for her Martha books, but I like this one better than Martha. The rat is charming and sympathetic as he tells the story, and the way it turns out is completely unexpected. Also, it's a fairly short fractured fairy tale. We just got it yesterday, and it's already been reread several times.
Edward Creter
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the take on the Cinderella classic I never saw coming! (BUt then neither did I realize how many pornographic films are devoted to Cinderella, or is it SINderella? So it all works out in a way.) It comes from the viewpoint of one of the rats changes into a lowly footman (or footboy) taking Cindy to the ball. No mention of Glass slippers or rotten stepsisters, nor (thanks to God) lesbians eating saltines in front of the lord chamberlain so check this one out.
Ishta Mercurio
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I really liked the way the end of this story came back to where it had started, while putting a new spin on it at the same time. Some of the language/sentence structure feels "dated," but "Cinderella" from the rat's perspective is a unique twist, and I enjoyed the twists and turns at the end. Overall, an enjoyable read.
The story's backdrop is Cinderella, where a rat is captured and made into the coachman for Cinderella's ball. However, circumstances change and he shouldn't reveal who he really is or it could have disastrous consequences for himself and his family. Not one of my favorites by Susan Meddaugh; the Martha series is much better.
Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarian seeking a FFT of Cinderella featuring a point of view change
One moment he's a rat in a trap and the next he's a coachboy in the castle kitchen.

Cinderella from the rat's point of view. Fun and worked well in my lesson. Has a bit a magic and a twist with the rat's sister than the students liked.

Perfect for illustrating how fairy tales can be fractured via point of view, although not as good as The Very Smart Pea and the Princess to Be.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
The rat gets taken by the fairy godmother and turns into the carriage driver. He wants to turn his sister into a human as well. Her sister gets turned into a girl but barks like a dog. He gets turned back into a rat after midnight. She stays as a girl.
LesLee Sanders
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked that it was a twist on a classic book and you couldn't predict what was going to happen. Would be great to use in a first grade classroom. I think the ending is really funny and it could be used as a great mentor text in writing from a different characters' perspective.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic idea abominable execution. I expected there to be a real relationship between Cinderella and the rat as the title implies but there wasn't. And then the end of the story comes out of no where and Cinderella isn't in it anywhere.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice adaptation to the familiar fairy tale.
Leah Lemon
This book is a good way to start a discussion about the silenced characters in any story.
Read this to find inspiration for telling a twisted fairy tale. This was cute, but don't know if it has enough oomph for storytelling....
Lynne Marie
Love the concept but wasn't what I expected.
Chelsea Kimmey
This text uses the plot from Cinderella to create another kind of story. This would be a great way to begin a lesson on surprises across the curriculum.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Pinterest: good for teaching point of view
Cute perspective on a Cinderella story.
Erica Flory
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love the different perspective.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children (ages 4-8)
Shelves: children
Cinderella's GodMother changed this small rat's life with the small flick of a wand. He was never the same from bringing Cinderella to the Ball and returning to a different family.
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A well-known fairy tale told from another character's perspective (the rat) with a cute ending.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
humorous retelling from the point of view of the rat.
This is a great family book for animal lovers. It has an unexpected ending.
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Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for GOOD STONE ...more
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