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Titre : I Was A Rat
Éditeur : Doubleday, London
Date d'édition : 1999
Reliure : Hard Cover
Illustrateur : Peter Bailey
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : No Jacket
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : First Edition.
Issued without Jacket in Coloured Boards. First Printing without inscriptions. SIGNED by Author on title page without dedication. N° de réf. du libraire 16299
Synopsis : Roger insists he was a rat. But what is he now? A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? A money-spinning fairground freak? Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. Only one of them knows who Roger really is.
Critique: With the feel of a Grimm's Fairy Story, but with a thoroughly modern twist, Philip Pullman's I Was a Rat is an intriguing, sparkling story by an author who never ceases to amaze. When Old Bob the Cobbler and his Washerwoman Wife, Joan, find a strange little boy on their doorstep, the search for his true parentage begins. But the child, who insists that he was once a rat, a condition diagnosed as "rodent delusion" by the doctor, finds coming to terms with being a normal little boy rather confusing. Taken to the Palace by the Philosopher Royal - who decides that he is indeed a "curious and interesting case", his fame spreads and he finds himself back on the streets, facing ridicule on the pages of the Daily Scourge where he is maligned as a monster, and finds his life threatened because of his reputation.
Set against the backdrop of a Royal Wedding--which in itself gives Pullman the opportunity to take a wry and effective sideways glance at the way the press can manipulate public feeling, and with the addition of a smart twist to the tale which allows the newly-wed Princess Aurelia to show her true colours--I Was a Rat is pure pleasure from beginning to end and gives Pullman yet another opportunity to prove that his startling ability to effortlessly transport readers to another dimension is a force to be reckoned with. An absolute must read for every child, but particularly for ages 7 to 11. --Susan Harrison
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