The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld Series #28)

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld Series #28)

by Terry Pratchett
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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I have always been told that, as a fan of fantasy and humor, I needed to read Terry Pratchett. And after reading THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS, I now understand what everyone was talking about. Pratchett's style is simultaneously witty, entertaining, and incisive; he succeeds in this children's book in saying more about society than most adult books ever manage, and he does so while making you laugh out loud.

Set in an obscure corner of Discworld, the fantasy world in which Pratchett has written numerous other books for adults, a cat named Maurice discovers suddenly the ability to talk--and not just to talk, but to think and to reason. Maurice believes himself to be the only animal afflicted with this talent, until he discovers a group of rats living in the city dump who have also miraculously achieved the ability of speech and thought. As Maurice is emphatic about his promise to never eat anything that can talk, he and the talking rats get along rather well. Soon, along with the help of an orphan boy named Keith who was raised by a musician's guild, Maurice sets upon a scheme to make some easy money, and the rats go along in their belief that they may someday find a place where they will be free to live as talking rats without the fear of being hunted by humans.

Maurice's plan is simple. If the rats will go and infest a town, wreaking havoc for the space of a few days, the town leaders will be sure to call a rat piper to remove the rats from the town. Then it's Keith's job to show up, pipe the rats away, and receive a generous fee for his troubles, one that the rats and Maurice will share. Keith, Maurice, and the rats go like this from town to town...until they reach the town of Bad Blintz, and everything stops working as planned.

The story is populated by humorous characters that you can't help but take seriously. Maurice's sly cunning is undermined by the fact that he meticulously questions any rat he comes across before eating it, in order to keep up his first promise to the talking rats. The rats themselves are amusing individuals, self-named after the first things they could read in that city dump where they originated, so that the story is populated by creatures who go by Hamnpork, Darktan, Sardines, and Dangerous Beans. But under these hilarious names, they are at heart a people trying to figure out their own origins and explain the things they don't yet understand about their sudden ability to speak, and what that means for their future.

I would recommend this book to anyone who's not afraid to laugh, and anyone who's not afraid to think hard about the ramifications of being a person--or rat, or cat--capable of speech, thought, and reason.
mike112769 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read for the younger readers. It's also recommended for anyone that wants to read all of Sir Pratchett's work. It does not have any of the regular Discworld cast in it, but it fits into the series quite nicely. I will not give out any spoilers. If you like Pratchett's work, then this is definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book; it has an interesting plot and an unforgettable cast of characters. The story is that of a mysterious talking cat named Maurice and his band of intelligent rats (Along with a "stupid-looking" kid who isn't as stupid as he looks.) who go around scamming towns with fake rat plagues. As the towns go crazy with the rat mayhem, the stupid-looking kid poses as a rat piper who "leads" the rats out of the town. Then the kid collects his payment and brings it back to Maurice and his rats. All of this is directed by Maurice himself. All goes well for this motley band of con artists until they come to the little town of Bad Blintz. Some evil secret lurks there that may put an end to there plans. forever. I really liked this book because Maurice was very sarcastic and I got a few laughs out of the book. Also Terry Pratchett (The author.) is really good at making each character have his/or her own personality. For example, Dangerous Beans (The rats get there names from debris found in garbage piles.) is a very intelligent rat that is constantly thinking up philosophies and rules. He is a type of spiritual leader for the rats. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because it has action and it is very funny. Even though there are many characters you never get confused and all in all it is a good book for young adults. If you like fantasy with humor this would be a good book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Maurice' I found to be an absolute treat and this is possibly my favorite book by Pratchet. While yes, it is an old fairy tale retold in Disc World, the usual addition of Pratchett's dark social commentary is fantastic, especially since Pratchett made this book's commentary, a young adult's book, *much* darker than his 'real' adult books. With the humor and wit mixed in, I cannot praise this book enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Which might be a considerable understatement... anyway, it's a great story. Unlike other talking animal stories its not just about these happy little animals who have fun all day, but they actually have real problems. It wasn't extremely humorous, but the story was really good.
Copperlocks More than 1 year ago
I'd listened to this twice from the library and then introduced my 4 year old charge to it and we've been listening to it every couple of months for two years. It's great to have our own copy so we can listen to Peaches, Maurice and Dangerous Beans any time we want.
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Twilights_Moon More than 1 year ago
Never thought someone could make talking rats so interesting. It was nothing like I expected which I found pleasing. Really good read :)
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AltanOrgil More than 1 year ago
Among Terry Pratchett's best - certainly not just for younger readers!
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This story was so intricately devised and presented. Very exciting, fast-paced and funny. I was disappointed that the book actually came to an end. Encore please, Mr. Pratchett!
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