A Rat's Tale Paperback – Sep 24 2008
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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 6 2002 by Joshua Paul
I LOVE THAT BOOK--I ALWAYS KISS THE RAT ON THE COVER! WHEN I SAW THAT BOOK WITH A RAT ON THE COVER, IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2000
Montague is an isolated sewer rat (sewer rats are very unappreciated) who lives with his parents and many rattling siblings. Read morePublished on May 17 2000
I purchased a copy of the hardcover edition several years ago, and I have loved this book ever since. Read morePublished on May 10 2000 by Bookish Baker
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 morePublished on March 22 2000
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 morePublished on March 8 2000
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 morePublished on Feb. 23 2000
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 1999
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 morePublished on Sept. 7 1999