There are, according to some, only about a dozen truly original plots in the world, most of which were told in The Odyssey or The Iliad or the Bible. But there are unlimited ways to tell those stories, and the incomparable Terry Pratchett (Sir Terry Pratchett) has done his usual hilarious take with the Pied Piper. If you haven't read anything by this Nebula Award-winning author, you have missed a lot of belly laughs. Creator of the Discworld series, this stand-alone book, also available as a musical for kids to perform - barely suitable for young kids, but school age will gobble this up with shrieks of delight - tell the story of the sly and manipulative Maurice and a cadre of sentient rats. Click for more no-spoiler review...
Magic abounds in all of Pratchett's books, and this one is no exception. The rats have scavenged the trash pile of Unseen University, where magicians create new magic. They throw rejects out and it transferred to the rats. And Maurice. Now they read and they speak. Maurice, ever in search of easy money, dreams up the perfect scam. And then they get to Bad Blintz and meet Malicia Grim...and two of the worst rat-catchers ever born. It's a fun-filled 4.

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