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I Was a Rat!

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,880 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
“I Was a Rat!” So insists a scruffy boy named Roger. Maybe it’s true. But what is he now? A terrifying monster running wild in the sewers? The Daily Scourge is sure of it. A victim of “Rodent Delusion”? The hospital nurse says yes. A lucrative fairground freak? He is to Mr. Tapscrew. A champion wriggler and a budding thief? That’s what Billy thinks. Or just an ordinary sma ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 12th 2002 by Yearling (first published 1999)
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Farah
Sep 24, 2010 Farah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"… Cerek bersiul, jadi Joan membuatkan teh untuk mereka semua, Bob memanggang keju, dan mereka semua duduk nyaman di sekitar tungku. Dunia di luar adalah tempat yang sulit, tapi keju panggang dan cinta serta karya seni cukup untuk membuat mereka aman."

Pria tua itu menutup buku di pangkuannya. Ia bersandar di kursinya yang berbantalan empuk, dan memandangi cucu-cucunya yang duduk diatas permadani dihadapannya sambil tersenyum. Mereka menatap sang kakek dengan kagum.

"Bagus sekali ceritanya, kakek
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Mery
Sep 23, 2010 Mery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Dulu aku tikus, kata Roger. Tinggal di gorong-gorong dekat pasar. Senang menggerogot. Dulu aku tikus, dan hei itu Mary Jane... *tunjuk Roger ke foto cewek di koran*

Widihhh, pasti Roger ini adalah Peter Parker yang kepalanya kebentur... *pikirku*
Atauuu Roger ini, Peter Parker yang kalah bertarung dengan Voldemort jadinya dikutuk jadi tikus... Lagian kok kenal Mary Jane? *ngebayangin Kristen Dunst*

Ternyata bukan begitu sodara-sodara, si Roger ini beneran tikus, atau anak laki-laki yang ngaku-ngaku
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Jun 26, 2008 Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it it was amazing
This is such a great read, and a great read-aloud. Pullman is such a skilled storyteller — just the right combination of dark and light, heart-aches and comfort, advanture and mystery, and of course, a final, satisfying solution. The language just flows and it made me wonder how some people GET the cadence of language and put it down on paper so effortlessly (seemingly, of course) to create their own unique brand of tones, and yet others simply cannot make words and sentences do their bidding.
ijul (yuliyono)
-----3,5 star

Hmm, menurutku ini adalah sebuah interpretasi yang lain daripada yang lain tentang kisah klasik Cinderella yang melegenda sepanjang usia dunia. Ada tokoh si Tikus yang "tersihir" dan akhirnya menjadi anak laki-laki yang mengalami petualangan mahaseru dan super-menegangkan hingga ke batas antara hidup-dan-mati.

Meniti jalan terjal yang dilalui Roger (bocah tikus itu) sungguh menerbitkan empati yang begitu luar biasa terhadap kisah-kisah serupa yang sejatinya cukup banyak di dunia nyat
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Phillip
Nov 22, 2007 Phillip rated it liked it
A very funny look at a sidebar to the Cinderella story, blending in elements of Pinocchio. Pullman has written a primer for how pomposity, ego, greed and self interest can callously crush innocence, as well as how a the right combinations of good hearts can triumph.
Palsay
Jun 29, 2008 Palsay rated it it was amazing
**saya baca yg edisi bahasa Indonesia**

"Siapa namamu?"
"tidak punya nama."
"wah, semua orang punya nama, aku Bob, ini Joan dan itu nama kami, kau mengerti? pastinya kau punya nama kan?"
"sudah hilang. sudah lupa. Dulu aku tikus", kata anak laki-laki itu, seakan kata-kata itu menjelaskan segalanya.


meski sudah (merasa) cukup berpengalaman dalam membaca buku-buku anak karangan Philip Pullman, tak urung di awal-awal sempat saya menerka-nerka kejutan macam apa yang akan disuguhkan oleh Mr.Pullman. Masa
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Rike Jokanan
Aug 12, 2008 Rike Jokanan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone liking fantasy
Shelves: reviewed
This book reminds me to a writing workshop I attended several years ago. In one session, the participants were guided to write stories by twisting existing fairy tales. Local myths and legends were recommended. many of the participants chose Cinderella as their source tale. As a result, popped up various versions of the beautiful orphan with twisted characters, twisted start, twisted family, twisted plot, twisted setting, twisted end even twisted names. Most of them put tragic comedy rather than ...more
Uci
Feb 03, 2009 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 bintang.

Kemasannya memang buku anak-anak. Tapi pesan moralnya sama sekali tidak kekanakan. Di antara petualangan Roger yang lucu dan konyol, Pullman mengajak anak-anak untuk bersikap kritis pada institusi sekolah, polisi, rumah sakit, kerajaan, pemerintah, pengadilan, bahkan gereja. Dan terutama pada media, dalam hal ini surat kabar. Semua digambarkan tidak bertanggung jawab, tidak punya empati, dan mencari keuntungan sendiri.

Tapi yang paling saya suka adalah kecerdikan Pullman untuk mengait
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indri juwono
Sep 10, 2009 indri juwono rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, fantasia
Menjadi apa diri seseorang tergantung lingkungannya

Kalau kamu dipengaruhi untuk jadi baik, semanis anak manusia, maka kamu akan berlaku sopan
Kalau kamu dipengaruhi untuk menjadi seekor tikus, maka kamu akan bersifat tikus
Kalau kamu dibilang bisa menggeliut, maka akan kamu lakukan

Yang menakutkan, ketika kamu tidak tahu siapa kamu, karena kamu merasa dulu adalah tikus, karena kamu jadi minder
dan kamu jadi bersembunyi
takut terhadap orang-orang yang sengaja sok tahu mencoba membuat opini tentang kam
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Harun Harahap
Dengan membaca buku ini akhirnya saya bisa mengetahui karakter diri saya sendiri. Ternyata saya sulit untuk mempercayai adanya sebuah keajaiban, dan sulit untuk mengiyakan sebuah kemustahilan dan kemusykilan.

Saya suka gambar-gambar surat kabar di buku ini. Saya bisa melihat bahwa kekuatan Pers mempunyai dampak yang dahsyat bagi semua orang. Tidak hanya membawa kebahagian dan kedamaian tapi bisa membuat kesedihan dan kekacauan.
Linda McCarry
Aug 24, 2013 Linda McCarry rated it liked it
This is my 2nd Book Review: I Was a Rat
By: Philip Pullman

This is an intelligently written story by Philip Pullman, about a young boy who was once a 'Rat' and part of the fairy-tale of Cinderella's big night out at the ball. He was magically changed into a boy the night of the ball and was suppose to escort Cinderella to the ball and wait by the pumpkin/carriage and pull down the step for Cinderella before midnight struck. However the boy got up to mischief with The Palace page boys, playing foot
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ReSti
Dec 01, 2008 ReSti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beli buku ini secara tidak sengaja. Kebiasaan "buruk" di toko buku...yang dibaca-baca buku apa yang dibeli apa... :D

Selama ini kisah cinderella banyak diceritakan dalam berbagai versi tapi belum pernah ada sebelumnya cerita dari sisi lain sang putri. Di buku ini "pengawal" sang putri lah yang menjadi tokoh. Roger alias Ratty "terjebak" menjadi anak laki-laki berusia (sekitar) 9 tahunan. Ga ada yang percaya kalo dia DULU adalah seekor TIKUS dan akhirnya malah dituduh sebagai MONSTER GORONG-GORON
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Ordinary Dahlia
Mar 20, 2009 Ordinary Dahlia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bagi g, seolah-olah buku ini ingin mengatakan kita adalah apa yang kita fikirkan. Kalo kita berfikir kita ini tikus, maka jadilah kita tikus! bahkan sekeliling kita pun merespon cara berfikir kita dengan menganggap kita seperti tikus. Maksudnya (mungkin...)semua hal tergantung pada apa yang kita pilih untuk kita fikirkan. All we have to do is "memilih dari sekian banyak pilihan"

Buku ini juga mengingatkan g ma buku The secret "Semesta bagaikan jin dalam botol yang akan merespon dan mengabulkan s
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Jaclyn Giordano
I Was a Rat! by Philip Pullman is a chapter book intended for readers in fourth grade through seventh grade. I gave it three stars. In this story, the little boy Roger comes to the home of Bob and Joan one night, claiming that he was a rat. A suspenseful tale ensues, as Roger acts like a rat, chewing pencils and shredding clothing. He is tested, poked, prodded, and put into fairs, finally captured as the “Monster of the Sewers.” The love of Bob and Joan, and an unexpected twist with Princess Au ...more
Mia Prasetya
Mau buat review gimana ya? Mending dibaca sendiri dan ikut merasakan happy ending khas Philip Pullman. Kadang takjub juga dengan pengarang cerita anak-anak, bisa menulis cerita yang tidak menggurui namun sangat dalam maknanya.

Roger, seekor tikus yang berubah menjadi anak laki-laki dan mengalami banyak cobaan hidup, mulai dari masuk sekolah dan dengan segera terjadi keributan, dirubah menjadi tontonan pasar malam, diajari mencuri, bahkan sampai disangka sebagai monster ganas.

Agak mirip Little Pr
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Matt Davies
Aug 15, 2012 Matt Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I Was a Rat!" tell's a version of the Cinderella story from the point of view of a rat. He was turned into a little boy by magic, and escorted Cinderella to the ball, where she fell in love with the charming prince, but he was so busy playing with the other page boys that he got left behind and wasn't turned back. The book uses a mixture of text, illustration and newspaper pages to tell of his various misadventures on the way to becoming part of a loving family. There is a lot going on in this ...more
Akela
Jul 30, 2008 Akela rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My friends with kids and kids.
Recommended to Akela by: no one
I had just read the "His Dark Material" trilogy which included the Golden Compass. I saw that Pullman had written some childrens books as well. I checked this book out to read to my daughter. She old enogh to read on her own, but she likes when I do the voices. So I read this and even my son listened. This young boy has no clue how he is supposed to behave. He is found by an old childless couple, he looks all beat up and dirty and the only thing he can tell them is he's a rat. Well the couple de ...more
e.c.h.a
Yang terpenting bukanlah apa dirimu, tapi apa yang kaulakukan.

Apa yang dilakukan oleh seorang bocah yang mengaku dulunya seekor tikus? Sehingga bisa menarik perhatian pasangan kakek nenek hingga dianggap seperti anak? Dianggap "menguntungkan" oleh pemilik sirkus Mr. Tapscrew? Seorang yang lihai dapat dapat diandalkan, aku Billy?

Roger, hanya melakukan hal yang dianggapnya benar dan mengakui kesalahan yang Ia lakukan.
Nenangs
hahahaha...sejak roger bilang dia kenal calon mempelai pangeran sebagai mary jane dari dapur tempat dia suka nongkrong, dalam otak udah berputar2 dugaan bahwa cerita ini sebenernya spin-off dari side storynya cinderella alias upik abu. :)
Agne
3.5 out of 5
An interesting take on the Cinderella story.
Niyanth
Dec 14, 2016 Niyanth rated it it was amazing
I Was a Rat by Philip Pullman
A boy arrives at a house, the owners of the house never had a kid. The owners were a married couple, the husband was a shoe maker and the wife was a washer woman. The married couple has no choice but to name the boy Roger and take care of him. They think that Roger got hit in the head because Roger keeps saying he was a rat. The married couple takes him to the doctor and the doctors see no sign of injury at all. The married couple teaches Roger manners and takes hi
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Sara Berrafato
This is my second traditional literature book review. I Was A Rat by Philip Pullman is the untold story of what happened to the other creatures after Cinderella went to the ball and after the happily ever after. Roger is a boy who is found by two elderly people who decide to take him in even though he thinks he is a rat—the story goes on with a twist in the end that connects him to Cinderella. This is a beginner’s chapter book and would be appropriate for ages 8-14 since the story is rather juve ...more
Diane
Mar 14, 2017 Diane rated it really liked it
A little boy shows up at the house of Bill and Joan knowing nothing about himself except that he used to be a rat. Bill and Joan take him in and try to teach him good manners and life lessons. As word gets around the village of this rat boy because of a disastrous incident at school, the Royal Philosopher decides he must interview this "thing" immediately. While at the palace, a cat frightens Roger and he runs away meeting up with Mr. Tapscrew, who runs the carnival. He takes Roger to be his nex ...more
Shandin Rickard-Hughes
Cute. I liked reading a new taken on a classic story.
Endah
Oct 11, 2008 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apa jadinya jika tikus yang disihir jadi pelayan Cinderella tak bisa lagi berubah ke wujud aslinya? Yang terjadi adalah dongeng keren berjudul I Was a Rat! karya Philip Pullman. Di buku berkover ungu ini Philip Pullman kembali membuktikan kepiawaiannya mendongeng. Dengan keliaran fantasinya Pullman menyodorkan pesan-pesan moral yang dikemas dalam keajaiban-keajaiban ciptaannya. Saya tidak yakin, apakah buku ini akan juga menyenangkan anak-anak yang membacanya mengingat di dalamnya memuat berbaga ...more
Asriani
May 12, 2008 Asriani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anak laki laki berseragam pesuruh itu benar-benar kehilangan ingatannya. Ia tak ingat apa pun kecuali satu, dulu ia seekor tikus. Itulah yang ia katakan pada Bob dan Joan ketika ia tiba-tiba muncul di depan pintu rumah mereka. Tentu saja pasangan suami – istri itu tak percaya. Namun mereka tetap membiarkannya masuk bahkan memberikan nama Roger padanya

Perilaku roger sangat aneh. Ia tak tahu cara makan yang benar. Bahkan ia menggerogoti seprai, selimut, bantal, bahkan pakaiannya sendiri. Roger su
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Leah
Dec 07, 2012 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young boy in a footmans outfit knocks on the door of an elderly couple, Bob and Joan, who have no children of their own. They welcome him out of the cold and feed him but he behaves strangely, chewing furniture and clothing, cheerfully stating 'I was a rat!'. The couple agree to look after him, calling him Roger, and take him to the doctor and to school, both ventures proving unsuccessful due to lack of understanding in others. Meanwhile the Prince has announced his engagement to Princess Aure ...more
Enverd15
Mar 24, 2015 Enverd15 rated it liked it
In the story I Was A Rat one night a little boy shows up at a front door. Inside the house was Bob the clobber and his wife Joan who is known as the washer woman. They open the door to the strange little boy and noticed that he looked nice but he didn't know his name all he knew that he was a rat. He says he is only 3 weeks old. Then Bob and Joan decided to take care of him and further in the book they figured out a name for him it was gonna be Roger because they were gonna name their kid that i ...more
Charles Martin
This fractured Cinderella-after-the-wedding tale reminded me a lot of Pinocchio. Roger, a boy who claims he was a rat (he is actually the rat turned page boy in Mary Jane's (Cinderella who later becomes Princess Aurelia) pumpkin carriage), shows up on Bob and Joan's doorstep. The old couple has been unable to have children, so they quickly take the young man in and raise him as their own. Of course, the boy chews on everything and his naive innocence makes him an easy target on whom bad individu ...more
Nanie
Jul 15, 2008 Nanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: milik-pribadi
Judul asli : I Was A Rat or The Scarlet Slippers
Penulis : Philip Pullman
Alih Bahasa : Poppy Damayanti Chusfani
Penerbit : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Cetakan I, Desember 2007
Tebal : 256 hal; 20 cm


Tak ada yang tahu, siapa namanya dan berasal darimana. Tiba-tiba saja dia muncul, mengetuk pintu pada pukul 10 malam di rumah Joan dan Bob. "Dulu aku tikus" hanya itu yang dikatakannya berulang kali. Menyeruput susu langsung dari mangkuk, mencabik-cabik dan merobek seprei, mengunyah batang pensil seperti ke
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
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“But he might have had a bang on the head!" said Joan. "Poor little boy, he thinks he was a rat!"

"Hmm," said the receptionist, and wrote rodent delusion on a pink slip of paper.”
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“I don't like rats any more than the next bloke, but they ain't wicked and cruel like people can be. They're just ratty in their habits.” 0 likes
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