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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
By Terry Pratchett

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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
By Terry Pratchett
ISIS Large Print, 2005
ISBN: 0-7531-7389-1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - August 11, 2005

The Amazing Maurice is a flimflam man. Well, not exactly. Maurice is a cat, a talking cat who just happens to have all the skills and the personality of a flimflam man. After meeting Keith, a foolish boy with a pipe and a knack for playing pleasing tunes, Maurice formulates his most innovative scheme by which to part gullible people from their cash. It is a quite simple scheme really. First send a few enlightened rats into a town with the task of getting seen - a lot. Next convince the townsfolk that you have just the right man/boy for the job of clearing out the rodent population. Next send the foolish boy in with his pipe to pipe the rats out - and then afterwards everyone meets up to split the profits. Then it is off to the next town to run their 'pied-piper' scam again. Everything works out dandily. That is until they try to pull their scam on the kind folks of Bad Blintz. As you might expect, everything that can go wrong does, and then some!

Bad Blintz is a town in need of more than just a simple pied piper to rid them of their rats. This is a town where famine is king and where there don't appear to be any native rats, yet the people claim to be killing wagon loads of them. It is also the town where Malicia lives. An imaginative girl, Malicia soon worms her way into the gang - which may or may not be a good thing. Worse, this is a town with real rat catchers, real traps, and real jeopardy to Maurice's rat companions. Not the least of their troubles is that this is a town where evil lurks behind every door and it is, quite possibly, the last town that Maurice will see...

Before turning his back on Bad Blintz, if he ever gets the opportunity, Maurice and his gang set out to discover the secret behind the seemingly invisible rat population of Bad Blintz and the truth about the famine, and the other secrets hidden deep within the cellars of the town. This is a great, light read with animated characters, and an intriguing take on the legend of the pied-piper, and some wickedly evil villains. Although set in the Discworld, this is a stand-alone book that does not require any previous knowledge of the Discworld saga.

Written by Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is set in Pratchett's beloved Discworld. On the surface, this is a book for young adults, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is written with the same flare as the other books in the Discworld series. This book is filled with witty satire, and is peppered with enough innuendo and sly remarks to keep even the most sophisticated readers entertained. In short, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is an action packed fantasy that will delight readers of all ages.

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of ISIS Large Print.

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