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Rat's Tale [Paperback]

Tor Seidler
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March 3 2009
Although young Montague Mad-Rat lives in--or rather, under--New York City, he know very few rats besides his mother, who makes hats, his father, who builds mud castles, and his globe-trotting Aunt Elizabeth. But Montague's life takes an abrupt turn for the eventful the stormy day he meets Isabel Moberly-Rat on his way home from Central Park.
Home, for Montague, is an old sewer pipe. He now learns that there is a cityful of other rats out there who inhabit abandoned piers and lead considerably less eccentric and more luxurious lives than his family. What's more, these rats are in the midst of a grave crises. A human being has decided to turn their piers into parking lots, and an extermination campaign is already under way.
As Montague stumbles into this wider, bewildering world, he long to help ratdom (and impress Isabel). But what can he do, when his only talent is painting the seashells his Aunt Elizabeth brings him from her travels? And to make matters worse, it turns out that a drunken uncle of his, Montague Mad-Rat the Elder, has made their name a standing joke in the rat world. For the first time in his life, young Montague finds out what it is to feel helpless and alone--little realizing that he has not only Isabel and his seashells on his side but his despised drunken uncle as well.

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From Publishers Weekly

In a boxed review, PW noted that "Seidler's fantasy never falters" in this "grand adventure" of Montague Mad-Rat's escapades beneath the streets of New York. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1990 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rat's Tale-bobfrankjoe Nov. 25 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rat's Tale April 22 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rat's Tale
I thought this book was very good. I am a librarian at the Lodi Library and I love to read! When our copy was withdrawn, I took it home to keep on my own bookshelf. Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by Joshua Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S FUNNY
Published on Aug. 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo and Juliet Rat-Style
Montague is an isolated sewer rat (sewer rats are very unappreciated) who lives with his parents and many rattling siblings. Read more
Published on May 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet - A Wonderful Book
I purchased a copy of the hardcover edition several years ago, and I have loved this book ever since. Read more
Published on May 10 2000 by Bookish Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rat's Tale
Opinion- A Rat's Tale is plain out great. It is very exciting with some laughs. Tor Siedler is fabulous and the illustrations are fantastic. Read more
Published on March 22 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars So Cute!
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the ruffian+royalty affect like Lady and the Tramp. It was very touching and beautiful, and the romance was so cute! Read more
Published on March 8 2000 by "birdiegirl"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rat's Tale
This was one of the best books I have ever read. I am 11 years old, and the reason I got that book was because I have a rat. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never read a book more lovely in my reading experiance.
Filled with imagination, adventure, love, sadness, joyfulness and the pure genious of Mr. Seidler's writing. It can touch any age with it's simple beauty. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest rat of all time (and the greatest book too)!
Montague Mad-Rat is a rat born to a family he is ashamed of, he goes on a jorney to save all of rat kind! Read more
Published on Sept. 7 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS EXCITING AND AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am 8 years old and I loved this book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. My favourite character was Isabel and the end was great where they both have the rings on... Read more
Published on July 30 1999
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