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I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers

Written by Philip Pullman

Key Stage 2

LoveReading View on I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers

Superbly economic storytelling that manages to pack quite a thoughtful punch in these days of 'fake news" and is one of the best of the alternative versions of a familiar tale

Acclaimed author Philip Pullman turns his hand to a stunning and original story for younger readers. Who is Roger? He says he was a rat - and some of the time he behaves like a rat. But, he is also a small boy. Or, he could be the Monster of the sewers…Everyone has a view – including The Daily Scourge – who tells their own version in screaming newspaper headlines. There is just one person who really knows who Roger is. And she’s the princess…Cleverly, Pullman weaves together strands of story from different sources creating a fast-paced and multi-layered adventure. 

 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.

I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers Synopsis

Featuring wonderful new illustrations from Peter Bailey, this intriguing and exciting tale of chance and misfortune by multi award-winning Philip Pullman, is perfect for readers young and old. I was a Rat! Roger insists, and insists . . . In fact, when Bob the cobbler and his washerwoman wife, Joan, find the young boy abandoned on their doorstep, these are the only words he says. And he does have ratty behaviour, it's true. Staying with Bob and Joan, however, Roger learns quickly to behave more like a human child. They try to find his parents, but the orphanage, police and hospital all have nothing on their records about a lost boy in the city. What is the truth? As more and more people find out about Roger the mysterious rat-boy he faces more and more danger. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected of places . . .

I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers Press Reviews

A comic genius of children's fiction - The Times

Fairy tale, satire, slapstick humour and suspenseful melodrama . . . a glorious tale - Guardian

[A] perfectly shaped story . . . a fairy tale, an adventure, a parody and certainly a book that shines - Literacy and Learning

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241326350
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the author of the multi-award winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. He has won numerous awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. In 2008, The Times named Pullman as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Read more the author here.   Author photo © Michael Leckie portrait.  

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