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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  140 reviews
The Prince of the Rats, who's in love with Cinderella, is changed into her coachman on the night of the big ball. And together, he and Cinderella are about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on their way to a most unexpected happy ending!

Hardcover, 260 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Bridget Hodder Hi Adriana! All ages can read and enjoy from about 9 years old. It can also be a read-aloud for younger ages .

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Tarun Shanker
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A good retelling usually stays as close to the original source material as possible and polishes the story with an updated sheen for a new audience to appreciate. The best retellings, though, fearlessly divert from the original while deftly preserving its essence. They keep you on your toes with unexpected twists and they take fun tangents into unexplored nooks that deepen the world and enrich its characters.

The Rat Prince falls firmly in the latter category as Bridget Hodder takes the familiar
Jenn Bishop
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So you thought the Cinderella story hinged on a glass slipper and finding happiness with a random prince she just met? Well, think again!

Bridget Hodder's inventive retelling of Cinderella begins with a rat, Prince Char, who lives in Lancastyr Manor, along with his many rat-subjects. Also in Lancastyr Manor is Rose, now insultingly called "Cinderella" by her stepmother, Wilhelmina. Her father is out of sorts with an Alzheimers-esque ailment, leaving Rose subject to the whims and impulses of the w
Brooks Benjamin
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Books come in all shapes and sizes inside. Some are small and quirky, others are massive and solemn. Naturally there are about as many degrees of subtle difference as there are pages in the world. The best part is, though, when you pick up a book that you know so little about, make a guess as to what sort of book it'll be, and become happily surprised by what you find inside.

I'll admit I haven't read many retellings. So when I found
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I were to tell you that I had just finished one of the most delightful books I have ever read in my ENTIRE life, would you believe me?

Well, you should because I just read and LOVED Bridget Hodder's THE RAT PRINCE. Let's start with the outside cover. Now, this cover is pretty special. That's Char, prince of the rats (northern kingdom). Char is noble and caring and dashing. He has a right-hand man (rat), Swiss, who is the kind of buddy that you want when you're running a kingdom.

Now you have
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, magic
I had the chance to read an advance copy of The Rat Prince, and I'm so glad I did.

This story is enchanting. I really had no idea what to expect, other than a retelling of Cinderella, but this was so much more than that.

The chapters alternate point of view between the Rat Prince and Cinderella (Lady Rose), showing us there was much more going on in the manor than we've been told. The way the author twists and weaves the story makes it a whole new take on the classic.

The characters drew me in--yes
Victoria Coe
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of THE RAT PRINCE in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I knew the story of CINDERELLA. Well, now I know the truth!

THE RAT PRINCE, told in alternating voices of Prince Char (The Rat Prince) and Cinderella, gives the familiar fairy tale a surprising and delightful twist. Bridget Hodder has re-imagined this timeless story in a way that is not only engaging, but raises thoughtful questions about loyalty, integrity, and beauty.

I adored meeting the
Elly Swartz
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder is a masterful retelling of Cinderella with a twist. Or, if I’m being honest, many twists. Many wonderful twists. Hodder takes the bones of fairytale we know and casts it in a way that feels both new and familiar. It’s a blend of a story we know and love with a tale we are hearing for the first time. While I found the plot unique and page-turner worthy (I read it in one big gulp), I also loved Rose, Char and, of course, Swiss. The characters felt real, and the di ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
“If you don't like Cinderella because she seems so "naive" and "weak," listen to this quote from the Walt himself: "She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn't come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”

----Walt Disney Company

Bridget Hodder, an American author, pens a delectable and compelling retelling of our favorite fairy tale, Cinderella in her new book, The Rat Prince that revolves around those rats who tur
Monica Tesler
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've spent the last few days in the enchanting world of The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder. I was fortunate to read an ARC of this captivating fairy tale. All I knew before reading was that the book reimagined the Cinderella story. I'm glad I didn't learn more about it before diving in, because there were quite a few twists that I didn't see coming. The story is told through dual narratives of Cinderella, or Lady Rose as she was formerly known, and Char, the Rat Prince. I appreciated the author's ...more
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
From the moment I heard about the book, I was smitten. A re-telling of Cinderella, partially from one of the rats who became a foot man's perspective? Delicious. From the very beginning, we are drawn into the world of the Rat Prince, who feels compelled to assist the horribly treated Rose, the rightful Lady Lancastyre. Only an evil stepmother, a mad Prince, and being two different species can stand in the way of their happiness. This is a delightful story, told by a wonderful storyteller. Hodder ...more
Lynn Marie Hulsman
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of THE RAT PRINCE in exchange for an honest review.***

On first glance, one might imagine that this book is for children, and that it is nothing more than a retelling of the classic Cinderella story. One would be sorely mistaken on both counts.

I have deep respect for the depth of the characters and the complexity of the world Hodder created in The Rat Prince. It feels less like a work of fancy than an historical novel, despite the fact that it is
Abby Cooper
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I'm so thrilled that I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. THE RAT PRINCE is a creative, innovative, engaging story that fairy tale fans are going to love. This book is packed with adventure, suspense, and fun - plus a ton of fantastic characters who will stay with you long after the last page. Be sure to pick this one up in August!
Ruth Lehrer
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an Advance Review Copy of this charming book. Billed as a retelling of the Cinderella story, for me it was more evocative of A Little Princess with a dash of The Rescuers. Lady Rose (Cinderella) and Prince Char (the Rat Prince) are the perfect match in this romantic/animal comedy.

I particularly loved Hodder's descriptions of Rat culture, complete with imaginative rat names (Princess Mozzerella, Swiss, Char,) and a more democratic system than that of the human society. H
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book for an honest review. SO MUCH FUN!!

I LOVED this book. The tale is familiar (Cinderella), but the spin was completely new. This is the tale of the Rat (who happened to be a prince) who was turned into one of the coachmen for Cinderella's ball. From page one, I was swept into the story, and despite Char being a rat, I just loved him. So noble. Kind. Intelligent. Wise. Compassionate. . . . And I could go on. But he was all the things a prince and he
S.M. Parker
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Cinderella retelling was glorious and empowering and so, so lovely! I kept wishing for something to happen at the end *no spoilers here* and when it did I nearly danced! Hodder has created a glorious tale here, one in which Cinderella has so much agency and voice. And the prince? Oh, what she does with this character! I found myself cheering for the unlikeliest of heroes (you will too). But the underlying message in this tale is so brave and brilliant and true: that love comes from knowing ...more
Janet McNally
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of fairy tale retellings (both because I love them and because I teach a course in them), and I particularly loved THE RAT PRINCE. This book never loses its sense of magic, and that magic is made even more fun because one of our narrators is a (very gentlemanly) rat. Prince Char has a destiny of which he could never have dreamed, and I loved following along on his journey. I loved the alternating point of view, and the fact that we got to hear from both Char and Cinderella (or Rose, ...more
Lee Malone
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think you know the Cinderella story, here comes this charming and captivating re-telling told in alternating perspectives —hers (Cinderella's) and his (Char, the Rat Prince).

I loved the lyrical writing and the well-developed characters, especially the rats, who had their own culture, history, and divisions. I also very much appreciated the fact that of all the Cinderella telling I've ever read, this is one of the few that fully addressed my major problem with the story — why did Ci
Andrew Brumbach
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It takes a certain genius to take a story as familiar as Cinderella and make it into something alive and emotionally-charged. The Rat Prince succeeds wonderfully because it brings new levels of substance to the classic fairy story. I found a rich history and mythology here underpinning the classic plot points, and Hodder’s characterization of Cinderella (aka Rose) and the Rat Prince had me emotionally invested from the first chapter. The writing is confident and enchanting, and I believe this bo ...more
Claire Fayers
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I'd read a book written from the point of view of a rat, but this is such an original retelling of Cinderella. The plot is full of twists and turns and I loved the cast of characters, especially Prince Char the rat. The characters are well-developed - Cinderella for once has a reason for putting up with her stepmother's mistreatment of her, and the supporting cast includes a wonderful same-sex couple, Sir Tompkin and Lord Bluestone.

Quirky, funny and thoroughly charming, the story
Parker Peevyhouse
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most adorable, fun Cinderella story you'll ever read! The chapters alternate between Cinderella's POV and the Rat Prince's POV to tell a tale of a girl who wants to save her ailing father from her wicked stepmother, and a rat who must ensure his kingdom's safety from humans. Only by joining together can Cinderella and the Rat Prince overcome their dire situations.

I loved the clever twists in the traditional tale. The Rat Prince goes by the name of Char (a nod to Charming) because he likes hi
Wade White
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

THE RAT PRINCE is a delightful retelling of the story of Cinderella, only this time we observe half of the story through the eyes of Prince Char, ruler of the rats' northern kingdom. The other half of the story is told from the viewpoint of Cinderella herself.

Prince Char is determined to help Lady Rose (aka Cinderella) escape from the clutches of her dastardly step-mother and step-sister, but it quickly becomes an "out of the frying p
Kristina Nekyia
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read this book before its release date and I devoured it in one sitting, a rare occurrence for me since I usually only read before bed and it's five minutes and I'm asleep. This one kept me up late, and was definitely worth the sleep lost.

The scene for the story is one with which we are all familiar, Cinderella and Prince Charming. But the author has re-imagined the tale to craft a new hero and a new definition of heroism. The characters are three-dimensional and sympathetic,
Lois Sepahban
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an advanced copy of THE RAT PRINCE.

I was so excited to read THE RAT PRINCE because I love the premise--a Cinderella story told, in part, from a rat's point of view. Prince Char is dashing and heroic and his one-liners are hilarious. (My favorite: "It's good to be prince.") I laughed out loud so many times--particularly when he complimented Cinderella on her rat-like virtues. And, I will be honest, I totally fell for him during his duel at the end. Swoon!

Jill Diamond
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE RAT PRINCE is a delicious read! The author delights with the traditional elements of the Cinderella tale alongside a new and creative story with fresh perspectives. I loved the new, more empowered cinderella and the inclusion of the m/m couple, Sir Tompkin and Lord Bluestone. The writing is fantastic - classic but not in any way stilted - and there are many fun and silly moments. Romance, intrigue, fantasy, humor - this book has it all!
Erin Petti
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Rat Prince is simply enchanting! I absolutely loved getting swept up in this magical retelling. I so wish that I had this book to read when I was younger - it truly made my heart sing.

Hodder has created a beautifully written story that readers will simply adore!
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
*4.5 stars*

This book is utterly adorable - and I LOVED the voice of the Rat Prince himself, Char, with a mad and passionate adoration. Every section from his point of view was utter catnip for me - hilarious, quirky, wonderful and unique, offering a genuinely different & fabulous take on the Cinderella story. I found the sections from Cinderella's point of view a little less compelling at first only because they offered less of a new spin on the familiar story (although they were still very well
Casey Lyall
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You have to love a retelling that puts a great twist on a classic tail... I mean tale.

The Rat Prince was a delight! Prince Char was so gallant and charming, he's now vying with Justin from The Secret of NIMH for my favourite fictional rat. I loved the dual POV between Rose and Char. It gave the reader a taste of the familiar story while building the new world.

Speaking of the new world, I loved Angland and all of its inhabitants - big and small! Swiss was absolutely adorable. All in all, this bo
Patrick Samphire
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charming. Magical. Delightful.

I'd be the first one to admit that I'm often not a fan of fairytale retellings, but The Rat Prince is an exception. This is, of course, a retelling of Cinderella, but it attacks it with humour, spark, and inventiveness. Not only do we get to follow an unusual take on Cinderella herself, but we also get to follow the rats whose normal role is no more than to be turned into coachmen for Cinderella's trip to the ball. In fact it's in the rats, and in particular Prince
Rhea Dsouza
Jun 24, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-releases
I mean, if I don't end up loving this book, I will probably lose all faith in humanity. ...more
Margot Harrison
Cinderella has never been my favorite fairy tale. She just seems so ... passive. So why did I love this MG retelling?

First off, it answers one of MY big questions about the Cinderella tale: What happened to the animals who were transformed into Cinderella's coachman and attendants? Were they traumatized by their stint in human form? How did they feel about being yanked from species to species? Call me weird, but this has always bugged me.

Second, The Rat Prince keeps the essential moral of Cinder
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