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Publisher's Summary

"I was a rat!" So insists Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he now? A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? The Daily Scourge is sure of it. A money-spinning fairground freak? He is to Mr. Tapscrew. A champion wriggler and a downy card? That's what Billy hopes. Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. Only one of them knows who Roger really is. And luckily a story about her can sell even more newspapers than one about a rat-boy.
©1999 Philip Pullman; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"I Was a Rat! can't help being cheerful, and laughter is never far away." (New York Times Book Review)
"A witty romp with fairy tale roots." (Publishers Weekly)

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A tale for children

A tale about a boy who claims to have been a rat and finds himself in a world where everyone misunderstands his intentions or wants to take advantage of him.
It is apparent from the start, that this story was written for younger children. The sentences were fairly short and simple and the story moved in a linear way. So it took a while for me to really dig the story. However, underneath it all lies a biting commentary on sensational journalism. And at the end there awaits a fun and surprising resolution, so it is worth to give the book a shot, especially since it is so short.