The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Fantasy by Terry Pratchett


The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is a children's fantasy by Terry Pratchett, published by Doubleday in 2001. It was the 28th novel in the Discworld series but the first written for children. The story is a new take on the German fairy tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin and a parody of the folk tale genre.
Pratchett won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognising the year's best children's book published in the U.K. It was his first major award.

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In Terry Pratchett's distinctive vernacular, "The Amazing Maurice" is a bit of a dreary tale, with a language so convoluted that it's hard for a nipper to make head or tail of it. It's not exactly a barrel of laughs either - the gags are buried under so many fancy words and byzantine sentence structures that my lad only managed a chortle twice over the course of the book's more than 200 pages. By the second half, I was yearning for it to be over so that I could sink my teeth into something more worthwhile.

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