I Was A Rat!
By Philip Pullman
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375801761, 176pp.)
Publication Date: February 22, 2000
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"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 newspaper is sure of it. A lucrative fairground freak? He is to Mr. Tapscrew. A championship wriggler and a budding thief? That's the hope of Billy and his gang. A victim of "Rodent Delusion"? So says the hospital doctor.
Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. And it may take a royal intervention--and a bit of magic--to convince the rest of the world. . . .
Set against the backdrop of a royal wedding--with a pertinent parody of the press--here's Philip Pullman's youngest, funniest novel to date: a magical weaving of humor, fairy tale, and adventure.
Philip Pullman is the author of the acclaimed The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the forthcoming The Amber Spyglass, as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries.
"Phillip Pullman's tale is fast and clever."
-New York Times Book Review Sunday, May 14, 2000