The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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With this first book in Russell Brand's Trickster Tales series, the famed comedian, actor, and bestselling author delivers a hilarious retelling of an old fairytale favorite that will appeal to adults and children alike.

Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin. The people of Hamelin were a pompous bunch who loved themselves and their town so much that if it were possible they would have spent all day zipped up in a space suit smelling their own farts. But space suits hadn't been invented yet so they couldn't.

Then one day without warning a gang of rats bowled into the town and began causing a right rumpus…

So begins Russell Brand's wildly funny and surprisingly wise retelling of the classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin . Whether you're a kid or a grown-up kid, you'll be chuckling the whole way through this zany story that bypasses Brand's more adult humor for the outrageous, the madcap, and the just plain silly.

Maybe you've heard about the Pied Piper before, with his strange music and those pompous townspeople and pesky rats. Or maybe you haven't. But one thing is for sure: you've never heard it quite like this.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476791890
1476791899
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris - Illustrator

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Quimeras Apr 22, 2015

I’m not sure who the intended audience for this book is. And, I guess I was expecting something different. I liked the illustrations.

zackids Dec 30, 2014

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.

AliReads Nov 30, 2014

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.

FindingJane Nov 29, 2014

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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