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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

(Discworld #28)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  47,045 ratings  ·  1,765 reviews
Maurice and the rats have teamed up with a young lad named Keith to implement a clever moneymaking scheme. Upon entering a town, the rats make a general nuisance of themselves -- stealing food and widdling on things -- until the townsfolk become desperate to get rid of them. Then Maurice and Keith appear on the scene and offer to save the day by ridding the town of its inf ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by HarperCollins (first published November 1st 2001)
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Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For children?

Maybe, but there are some dark issues going on and dealt with from the master himself.

Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld “story” designating it as written for children (followed by the wonderful Tiffany Aching sub-series) but I would submit this is YA territory, no warm fuzzy Disney moments here.

First of all, if there was a film this reminded me of it would be the 1995 Chris Noonan film Babe. In this very good movie, a young piglet confronts the contrast and distinction of animals as
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld, #28), Terry Pratchett

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is a children's fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, published by Doubleday in 2001. It is the 28th novel in the Discworld series and the first written for children.

The book opens with Amazing Maurice (a sentient cat), a group of talking rats (the Clan), and the human boy Keith travelling in a mail coach to a small town called Bad Blintz.

The group plans to enac
Pratchett at his best.

This is his first YA Discworld book although I think that label is put more for marketing purposes. This is one of his darker works and like all good Discworld book there is so much going on beneath the surface. Behind there is story of clash of generations, finding one identity, spirituality and religion and Pratchett's realistic (or pessimistic if you are an optimist ) view of humanity and much more and his signiture cynical humor .

5 stars aren't enoug, that is why we ha
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
"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 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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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

Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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! ...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 Ma
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first Discworld novels I've ever read, the German translation back then though. I'm very pleased to report that the reading experience was even better this time - partly because the original is always better, partly because I now understood certain side-stabs and references, which was very rewarding.

It's part of The Folklore of Discworld, a version of the Pied Pauper. Maurice, a cat, along with a number of rats has become intelligent to a point where they've learnt human spee
lucky little cat
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who trusts my judgment, plus devotees of cuddly/ironic Muppet Show-caliber humor
Recommended to lucky little cat by: Lyn 's fab review reminded me to reread this one
IF (like me) you've always been impatient with the Rincewind-heavy volumes of Sir Terry's oeuvre, you're in luck.

Civilization begins with the tiniest steps

Maurice is blessedly short on fart jokes* and long on Pratchett's brand of homespun philosophical irony.

Maurice is a madly inventive retelling of The Pied Piper, featuring ragged-eared, fast-talking tomcat Maurice as the brains of the outfit. His cronies the rats can talk too, thanks to their hazardous-magical-waste diet amid the trash-heaps
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
Zitong Ren
This happened to be my first Pratchett book and why I did not love it, I still found myself greatly enjoying it whilst I read it. I do have this hunch where I think that absurdist fantasy(is that what you call it?) is probably not my thing. Whether I will like it more the more kind of these books I read or not, I’ll have to see but compared to what is considered as ‘normal’ fantasy, this is really far out there as many people have already noted.

It is full of talking rats and a cat and also some
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy, humor
Re-read 2019

This may be billed as a YA novel by the redoubtable Pratchett, but I'm just going to shrug. It's fun and funny and I will always look at this novel as a sly reference to Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep, including multiple minds linked together to make a full intelligence. No, not wolves. RATS. Such a lovely image.

But no, this isn't all this is.

Talking rats and one very special talking cat and a stupid-looking boy con their way through Discworld. What more could anyone want? Vil
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.

Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, fantasy
Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group in 2019.

Maurice is an intelligent talking cat that has masterminded a scheme where his gang of intelligent talking rats and a human boy go from town-to-town implementing a plague of rats and then having the boy pipe them out of town for a fee. The group arrive at the town of Bad Blintz for one last job only to find a town that already has a rat problem. A very odd one.

This is only my second read of this story since soon after its pu
May 21, 2015 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
I very much enjoyed Terry Pratchett’s first foray into young adult literature. I know he’s written a handful of YA books (many of them also set in the Discworld), but I wish he had written more. He was very good at it!

One thing I loved as a kid, and which I still love now, is when children’s books have darker edges to them. Kids live in this world same as adults. They worry about death and violence and hunger. Like, kids are people, too, and their literature shouldn’t ignore or sugarcoat those a
Love of Hopeless Causes
Jan 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
MB (What she read)
Added 4/16/20: Saw this Banksy art and had to share as it is absolutely perfect for this book. Take a look:

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
Was the Pied Piper a true story?

Poor Cinder- oops I mean Malicia...
‘I expect you’re very keen to know all about me,’ said Malicia. ‘I expect you’re just too polite to ask.’

‘Gosh, yes,’ said Maurice.

‘Well, you probably won’t be surprised to know that I’ve got two dreadful step-sisters,’ said Malicia. ‘And I have to do all the chores!’

‘Gosh, really,’ said Maurice, wondering if there were any more fish-heads and, if there were any more fish-heads, whether they were worth all this.

‘Well, most of the
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
I have read this book at least 15 times, I swear! Or even more. It is officially the number one book I have read the most out of every book I have read. Which is amazing, because when I got it, I didn't even expect for me to like it that much. Surprise, surprise. I loved it.

My favorite characters were, Amazing Maurice, Peaches, stupid looking kid/Keith, Darktan, Dangerous Beans, and Sardines.

And the plot. It was an amazing retelling. One of the best. I also don't really like the Pied Piper sto
Julian Worker
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a Discworld novel though don't expect any of the usual characters to appear - there are no wizards - apart from Death and the Death of Rats, who make only a fleeting appearance. Yes, some animals do perish in this book, but don't worry remember how many lives cats have.

This is a lovely story with a squad of rats to enjoy, each with their own distinctive characteristics. Do Maurice, the rats, and the piper succeed in their aims and fleece the residents of Bad Blintz as they have with so
Mar 11, 2017 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
K.A. Ashcomb
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How should I describe this book? It is a lovely story about speaking animals with a darker spin and serious tone, yet, light and funny. Now go and read it. That is all you need to know. To those who are fans of Discworld novels, this is definitely a Discworld book. There is no doubt about it.

But read on if you want to hear my thoughts. Terry Pratchett has outdone himself with this book. He has gotten the mood just right. As I wrote before, it is fun and light, yet, dark and serious. But you can
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feared once again that this would be another Pratchett book I'll have to give less than 5 stars. Alas, I was wrong and boy, am I glad. The first 2/5 was a little boring, or maybe it was so because I had to read it in really small chunks because I was travelling a lot over the past three days. But then, it got great. It got deep, complicated, with an unexpected plot twist, and once again Sir Terry taught us that both the greatest sin and beauty of man is humanity. Because, as usual, it was huma ...more
Cory Hughart
Oct 22, 2010 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
Michael Campbell
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
No one writes an animal character quite like Terry Pratchett. Not only did he understand humanity as well as anyone, but he understands rats, cats, and dogs just as well, apparently. The amount of depth and development given characters with names like Dangerous Beans and Darktan is astounding. I sympathized more with the rat characters than I have most human characters.

It was a fun story with a dark edge, and it was a nice social commentary. I question it being a children's book and would call i
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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, i

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