I’m not sure who the intended audience for this book is. And, I guess I was expecting something different. I liked the illustrations.
A unique retelling of the Pied Piper tale, told in Russel Brand's unique way. Chris Riddell's illustrations are brilliant as always and perfectly capture the revolting rats and ugly townspeople.
Absolutely brilliantly told - and Chris Riddell's illustrations are beautiful/disgustingly evocative as always. The story is great - equal parts poo jokes and the inexplicable meaning of life. I'd love to read this out loud, it seems like it would work very well.
Books by celebrities can be an iffy proposition. By nature, a movie star is a liar—it’s their profession, after all, to pretend to be something they’re not. So you’d think they’d be admirably suited to writing fiction. However, according to Spencer Tracy, being an actor meant merely showing up on time and saying your lines. Others might argue that it’s everybody else—grippers, producers, directors, makeup artists, designers, costumers, etc.—who have the really hard work. So can Mr. Brand write a book? Yes, he can and he did. Taking the familiar tale of “The Pied Piper of Hamelein”, he fills the story, not just with the pestiferous rats and the titular character who ousts them, but with the inhabitants of Hamelin themselves. Greedy, arrogant, proud, spoiled, willfully blind about their faults and those of their children, they’re just asking for a world of hurt. Mr. Brand delivers with a gleeful childlike malice, ably suited to the story and his particular puckish sense of amusement. His rats aren’t just verminous pests; they’re a gang of roistering pirates, poo-flinging villains and vandalistic oafs. It’s as if all the inner awfulness of the town comes to life to plague its denizens. It’s giggle-worthy fun, the sort that will make children laugh and adults snigger. When the Piper shows up, he’s an enigmatic figure, to be sure. But he’s also someone who doesn’t judge. He understands that the world consists of many different kinds of people. He’s not there to pronounce judgment on the people of Hamelin; he’s just there to do his job. And when he isn’t paid, he exacts his revenge. This story is ably illustrated by Chris Riddell, the illustrator of “The Edge Chronicles”, giving almost everybody a distinct personality. Even the rats have distinguishable personalities amongst them. This book promises to be part of a series called Trickster Tales and the image of a sunglasses-wearing Pan is often slyly placed among its pages (see if you can spot them). Here’s hoping more are forthcoming.
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