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A Rat's Tale Paperback – Sep 24 2008

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Product Details

  • 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 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,758,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

From School Library Journal

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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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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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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