The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Russell Brand's Trickster Tales

The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Russell Brand's Trickster Tales

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by Russell Brand, Chris Riddell
     
 

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With this first book in Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales series, the famed comedian, actor, and bestselling author delivers a hilarious retelling of an old fairytale favorite that will appeal to adults and children alike.

Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now except their teeth weren’t so clean and more

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With this first book in Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales series, the famed comedian, actor, and bestselling author delivers a hilarious retelling of an old fairytale favorite that will appeal to adults and children alike.

Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now except their teeth weren’t so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin. The people of Hamelin were a pompous bunch who loved themselves and their town so much that if it were possible they would have spent all day zipped up in a space suit smelling their own farts. But space suits hadn’t been invented yet so they couldn’t.

Then one day without warning a gang of rats bowled into the town and began causing a right rumpus…

So begins Russell Brand’s wildly funny and surprisingly wise retelling of the classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up kid, you’ll be chuckling the whole way through this zany story that bypasses Brand’s more adult humor for the outrageous, the madcap, and the just plain silly.

Maybe you’ve heard about the Pied Piper before, with his strange music and those pompous townspeople and pesky rats. Or maybe you haven’t. But one thing is for sure: you’ve never heard it quite like this.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-06
The well-known legend is brought to life once more by one of the U.K.'s most famed comics. Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper, and it would be an easy cash-in for any celebrity to regurgitate the tale and wait for the money to come rolling in. Thankfully Brand refuses to take the easy way out. He attacks his first children's book with full force, coloring the story in with humorous asides, witty turns of phrase and a few choice nuggets of sage wisdom. Illustrator Riddell is just as sharp, filling the book with eye-popping illustrations and beautiful coloring. Brand's biting humor isn't toned down in the slightest. He includes Snicket-ian jokes about the powers of the author and the purpose of storytelling that will surely fly over a few children's heads, at least the first time through. More important is Brand's treatment of the buffoons and bullies that occupy Hamelin: His takes on religion, sexism, consumerism and self-esteem are just as important to the text as the classic tale it's based on. His opinions are as easy to discern as many a conservative pundit's, though very much on the other side of the political spectrum. A smart, funny, iconoclastic take on an old classic. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476791890
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
11/11/2014
Series:
Russell Brand's Trickster Tales Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
598,945
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Russell Brand is a comedian, actor, radio host, and bestselling author of My Booky Wook. He has starred in the films Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Despicable Me, Hop, and Arthur, and now is the host of his own acclaimed TV series on Channel 7 in the UK, The Russell Brand Show. He lives in London.

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LaTuaCantante More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant retelling of a classic tale of right/wrong. It encompasses not only the right/wrong aspect, but bullying, values, morals and vocabulary to say the least! My daughter is 8 years old and loved it, she loved learning the bigger words - and all the better that definitions are given on the ones that she might not have ever heard before. Yes - although there are a couple spots where us Americans would say "But that's a 'curse' word, in a children's book!" (eg: damn, badass etc.) it is our on prudishness that at first makes it shocking, when in reality is no different than what our kids see/hear on tv/radio/in public on any given day. The humor is perfect and the illustrations beautiful. I can honestly say there hasn't been a children's book like this, nor has there been one my daughter and I have ever enjoyed reading together more. We greatly look forward to the next one and until then shall read this over and over! :)