Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice - a streetwise tomcat - leads a band of educated ratty friends (and a stupid kid) on a nice little earner. Piper plus rats equals lots and lots of money.
Until they run across someone playing a different tune.
Now he and his rats must learn a new concept: evil . . .
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High comedy with unforgettable animal characters. The lightness of Terry Pratchett's wit (especially his word games) makes it easy to underestimate the more serious points of this story - Guardian
Alongside the gags and pest-control politics, there are enough complex ideas about nature, nurture and understanding to satisfy a wide audience - Observer
One of Terry Pratchett's funniest creations of recent years. . . . It all adds up to a wonderful book - hilarious, brilliantly constructed and, especially towards its conclusion, shot through with an edginess to balance the laughs - SFX
The humour is sophisticated and demands that the reader keep up to speed. A passion for language, wordplay and puns bursts from the pages - Daily Telegraph
A brilliant and bizarre reworking of that well-known folk tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin - The School Librarian
Clearly destined for great things . . . witty, exuberant and irreverent. . . . The narrative is deeply pleasurable and makes a wonderful and entertaining read - The Bookseller
Terry Pratchett doesn't play literary ball, preferring to forge his own way on the back of some of the most original and inventive fantasy available for children today. In The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents he creates a funny, fast-paced fantasy with a heart - Scotsman
Written especially for children, but will delight his adult fans with its characteristic wit and imagination gone wild... This is a wonderful comic tale with many great touches. This book will meet the expectations of existing fans and introduce a younger generation to Pratchett's wit and wisdom. Highly recommended - The Good Book Guide
A laugh-a-minute, highlighted by the satisfaction of recognising bits of back story . . . Humour, much less the illuminating kind wielded by Pratchett, is rare in fantasyland - Times Educational Supplement
Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing in the UK today. He is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld® series, the first title in which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Worldwide sales of his books are in excess of 65 million, and they have been translated into 36 languages. He has written a number of titles for younger readers, including The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, which won the Carnegie Medal in the UK, and Nation, which was a Printz Honor Book in the US.
He was awarded an OBE in 1998, and a Knighthood in 2009 for his services to literature.