I Was a Rat!
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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 ...more
They could all relate to the young boy named Roger, as he was the same age as they were. They knew how he felt when he couldn't behave at school, and understood why he just wanted to play! They found it funny and were thoroughly engaged with the story. They all needed to know what was going to happen next!
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Cross-posted from Nightjar's Jar of Books.
All Bob and Joan really want is a child, but after years of trying, they've all but given up hope. That is, until a small boy in a tattered page-boy's uniform knocks on their door one night with no clear memory of anything except this: That he used to be a rat.
I remember really loving this book when I was little, but it had been so long since I read it that I'd completely forgotten what it was called or who it was by... Needless to say, I was thrilled wh...more
I read "I Was a Rat!" and found a treasure trove of possibility. In one, not excessive length text, I found the way to introduce how a publication has a specific V ...more
It was a Cinderella story the whole time, except for the part where there is NO indication at all in the entire book that magic exists, the princess' name isn't Ella (Or Cinderella), and none of the other characters like the Fairy Godmother, the Prince, the Godmother or Evil Stepsisters were present. Instead we got an almost Olive ...more
The result is a story that can be read in multiple ways, and I guess that’d make it a good one to pick up if you need a bedtime book for kids that can also make adult ...more
Roger is a small boy who was named by Bob who is a cobbler. The reason he named him Roger was because he said if he ever had a son he wanted to name him Roger. Joan is Bobs wife she is charming, but demanding. She expects a lo ...more
political dimension which will appeal to an older reader. not sure where pullman got this but it really works - almost as magical realism. salt-of -the-earth adopting couple standing up for their elected, adoptive young charge.
this was a delightful story about folks living in the outskirts of fairy tales. Also pretty sure there’s a lot of subtext that I missed on purpose because I was so drawn in by the story. I’ll read this again ASAP. Phillip Pullman is rad.
"Hmm," said the receptionist, and wrote rodent delusion on a pink slip of paper.”