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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (Sept. 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374400318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374400316
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,202,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Set on the wharfs and in the sewers of New York City, this story features young &Montague Mad-Rat, a rat among rats in one of the most original, imaginative stories to &appear this season. Montague, painfully shy, spends his days collecting feathers and &berries for his mother to make hats from; he also paints tiny, exquisite pictures on &seashells brought to him by his seafaring aunt. Montague's adventure begins when he &rescues Isabel Moberly-Rat from nearly drowning in a gutter. Escorting her home, he &learns that her exclusive address (Wharf 62) and family name (her father is one of &ratdom's leading citizens) are far superior to his ownhe hadn't realized that some rats &were "better" than others. Meanwhile, the whole rat population is being threatened with &extinction from poisoning, thanks to a land-development scheme. Mr. Moberly-Rat &organizes a massive RRR campaign (Raising the Rat Rent)a ransom to the humans so &they'll stop the poison. Teaming up with his uncle Monty (a drunken outcast from rat &society), Montague embarks on a courageous quest among humans to raise the money, and in the &bittersweet finale saves the kingdom and wins the girl.& Beautifully told, Seidler's fantasy never falters; it's a love story, a coming of age tale and &a grand adventure. all rolled into one. Marcellino makes his debut in children's books; his wonderfully understated pencil &drawings add humor and much atmosphere to the tale. If readers can get past the fact that &the book's hero is a sewer rat (a not immediately lovable creature), or if they aren't &bothered by the crowd scenes (the thought of a million rats gathered in Central Park may &make some readers squeamish), they'll be treated to a memorable story. Adults will &appreciate its humor and biting social commentary, though the subtleties won't be lost on &young readers.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3-5-By Tor Seidler. Montague Mad-Rat wants to impress Isabel Moberly-Rat by helping to save their neighborhood from demolition.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In a sticky midsummer day, when the heat and humidity kept most of the creatures in Central Park from stirring, a young rat named Montague Mad-Rat-or, to be precise, Montague Mad-Rat the Younger-was busy collecting feathers in the birds' preening grounds above the reservoir. Read the first page
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By A Customer on Nov. 25 2002
Format: Paperback
A Rat's Tale is about a young rat named Montague Mad-Rat, or Monty. He lives a boring, solitary existence in the sewers of New York City. His family is almost considered a bunch of criminals, as they've broken almost every major rule of society, like making things with their own paws. Rats should scavenge for things they need, not make them. But nevertheless, his mother makes hats out of feathers, and his father makes sand castles. Neither of them have much time for him. He is very lonely and bored. The only things he has to do is gather feathers and berries for his mother's hats, and paint the seashells his aunt brings him. Then, one day, he meets the girl of his dreams! Her name is Isabella. She is the daughter of the governor of the rats, and she lives in old abandoned Wharf 62, where only the rats of the highest-class live. He can't stop thinking about her! Then he realizes that a rich, sophisticated girl like her could never love a sewer rat like him.
Meanwhile, the humans want to poison the wharves. The rats had stopped them every year by finding loose change and anonomysly offering it to the owner of the wharves. Every year they had collected $10,000. And every year, it had been enough. but this year it wasn't. So their leader (Isabella's Father) decides that they need to double the Rat-Rent (as they call it). But there's no way they can gather $20,000 worth of pennies, dimes and nickels! Then, Monty figures out a way to impress Isabella. He thought the shells his aunt had brought him might be of some value. After all, everyone said they were great. So he brings the shells to Isabella's father. He says they are great, but they need money, not shells. Dismayed, Monty tells Isabella's father to keep the shells.
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By A Customer on April 22 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is practically about rat life in new york city. Well, sort of, if you think of RICH rats. Rats with umbrellas, and buses, and even hats. A world where Rats live like kings, and everybody appreciates everything they have no matter you be poor or rich. The story begins in central park of new york city where young Montague mad-rat is picking up birds feathers and berries for his mother's RAT/HAT shop. His mother sorts out colors of berries and puts theminto vats, later when they are pulps she puts a feather into the sticky mess and comes out with a beautifully colered hat, which she later fashions into a more reasonable form.
Back to the story, montague is doing his daily feather picking-up trip in Central Park when a storm hits. He is forced to flee for his life, or rather for the feathers sake, and rests under bush by the side of a road. Then he noticed a pack of rats standing by the side of the road. They were all carrying umbrellas! Now, since Montague lived under ground, he had never seen the like of these for rats before. but that didn't stop the wildness, for a bus stopped right in front of the rats, and they all jumped onto the bumper in the back. But before the bus had gone for than 10 feet, when a strong gust of wind blew accross the street, blowing one of the rats by the umbrella she was holding, and flies back to the bush that Montague was resting by.
He offered to take the girl home, and she accepted, claiming that he had a nose bleed even more than once. For in his rush to say something to her, he had smashed the berries all over his face.
And from this little stroll, forms the unexpected fate of all the rats in New York City.
A wonderful, warm tale, of art,love, and witty sayings. I would give 5 stars to [A Rat's Tale] and hope you will love it too.
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Montague Mad-Rat lives a solitary existence yet care-free life in the sewers of New York City. His only delights are scavenging in Central Park finding feathers and berries for his mother, and painting the delicate seashells his aunt brings him. He never really associated with other wharf rats, mostly because they always seemed to laugh at him, but really because he didn't know anyone outside his family, so why bother with anyone else. Of course, this all change one stormy day. On this particular day, he was heading home after a successful day of scavenging, when he runs into a surprise rainstorm. Viewing his surroundings, he spots a fellow Wharf rat under an... umbrella? Rats don't use umbrellas! Sure enough, this delicately small umbrella was shading the pretty wharf rat from the rain. Although he thought this odd, he didn't say anything for fear she might think him rude. Suddenly though, a strong wind whipped around him, and he watched as the she-rat was swept off her feet and carried through the air to an unpleasant landing by the gate he was leaning on. The other rat groaned. Montague felt he should do something, so he tried to speak to her out of concern. Unfortunately, he forgot that his mouth was full of berries after his scavenger hunt so his sentence didn't sound like much of a sentence. The she-rat replied, "Gad, that was pleasant! Who are you?" "Mountaphgoo" "Gad, what's wrong with you're mouth? Are you bleeding? Montague shook his head and wiped of the bit of red berry juice that had dripped out of his mouth. "Well, anyway, do you, like, know where the Wharf 62 is? I need to get home." Montague. sucks in some air.Read more ›
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