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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Picture Bluegum)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Hamelin town has a plague of rats, and if something isn't done soon, everyone will starve. The people vow to give up everything to rid the town of the rats. And so the help of the Pied Piper is enlisted to dispose of the nasty pests. He plays a sweet tune and the rats, dancing, follow the music to their end. But when the townsfolk refuse to pay the Piper, he takes up his ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 30th 1998 by Angus & Robertson Childrens (first published 1842)
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Lisa Vegan
The illustrations in this edition are top-notch; the first page of the town is so outstanding and so creative; the rats in the successive illustrations are a tad too good.

I like the pithy poem better than Brownings famous poem, and it does tell the tale rather well, although I would have preferred a more detailed retelling.

Thanks to Goodreads friend Abigail Ive now recently read three versions of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. This is one of the two Id recommend; the other is the Corrin/Le Cain
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Gorgeously-Illustrated Retellings of the Pied Piper Tale
The legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, in which the unlucky and very unwise residents of that city pay a terrible price when they break their word, has been retold countless times, in both poetry and prose. From Goethe to Robert Browning, from the Brothers Grimm to modern storytellers too numerous to mention, many hands have helped to shape this story. This edition, with rhyming text by Australian author Robert Holden, and illustrations by Czech expatriate artist Drahos Zak, is one of my ...more
Helen Ladson
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite scary books! Always remember to pay the piper, he will always go to the thing that brings you the most joy to raise the ante!
Amanda Zell
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbgs-3
I felt as thought "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" did not have a very distinc moral or message.

I struggle reading "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" due the use of rats in the story. The descriptions of the rats and their behaviors was very graphic. So graphic, in fact, that I do not think that I could read this to young elementary students even though the content of the book was not difficult. The book mentioned rats nibbling on the townspeople's toes...gross. However, the text and the illustrations
This is quite a brief version of the story, and the author plays with rhymes a bit as well. It's slightly less bleak than the original version as we're told the children go off somewhere much better, though that could be the illusions they're having, and the final image of a pair of ravens up in tree staring at the town could be interpreted pretty frighteningly. The illustrations felt slightly Medieval here, though the rather terrifying one of the townsman's shadow that looks like a demonic rat ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been to Hameln, Germany. This is one of my all time favorite folk tales. The illustrations were almost like the real town. This retelling didnt seem as gruesome as the original tale. I really liked the moral it presented: to honor your debts. Its a great story that has as much meaning now as I did when I was a child. ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations in this book are quite wonderful -- weird and creepy -- but wonderful. The text feels stilted, as if the translation was forced into certain words in order to create a rhyme of sorts. It might have been better to throw the rhyming out the window and to translate more the spirit of the story.
Copland Wade
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Pied Piper book is unique, mainly because of the artwork by Drabos Zak. Robert Browning's description of the Pied Piper being "the strangest figure," is certainly achieved by the artist. One of my favorites.
Isabel loved this. We read it several times. It's a haunting story.
Michael Earp
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great retelling and Drahos Zak's illustrations are Wonderful!
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-books
Beautifully illustrated and a nice version of the classic story. I'd forgotten it, but it was nice to be reintroduced with this one.
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, flutes, rats
A poetical retelling of the old story. Well done.

Excellent illustrations - creepy and engaging.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very simple and playful text combined by unbelievably fine illustrations
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Robert Holden graduated with an Honours degree in English from The University of Queensland in 1973, a Post-Graduate degree in Library Science in 1973 and an Honours degree in Fine Arts from the Power Institute, The University of Sydney in 1981. He has published across a broad spectrum of interests and is well-known for his publications on the history of children's book illustration and design in ...more

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