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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: The Play by Terry PratchettIs Discworld ready for educated rats?
Set in the Discworld, a brand new and marvellously eccentric fantasy tale for young readers.
Maurice, an amazing cat, who has survived four years on the toughest streets in the whole of the Discworld, reckons that rats are dumb. Clever, OK, but dumb. Maurice, however, is smart -- smart enough to recognize that theres a new kind of rat around; rats that have been eating wizards rubbish and can now talk. And Maurice is also smart enough to get a pretty amazing idea when he spots a kid playing the flute. Now he has his very own Pied Piper to go with his plague of rats. And Maurices money-bags are getting fuller and fuller. That is, until the group reaches the far flung village of Bad Blintz.
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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is the 28th book in the Discworld series, and the first for young readers. It was released in a smaller hardback format than the previous Discworld novels, a format which was used up to and including A Hat Full of Sky. Maurice , a streetwise tomcat, has the perfect money-making scam. He's found a stupid-looking kid who plays a pipe , and he has his very own plague of rats who are strangely educated , so Maurice can no longer think of them as 'lunch'. And everyone knows the stories about rats and pipers
It was the 28th novel in the Discworld series but the first written for children. The story is a new take on the German fairy tale about the Pied Piper of Hamelin  and a parody of the folk tale genre. Pratchett won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians , recognising the year's best children's book published in the U. Discworld had been a comic fantasy series for adults, beginning with The Colour of Magic in Amazing Maurice was marketed as a children's book, to be followed in that respect by The Wee Free Men , Contrary to the contrast between adult and child markets, reflected in catalogues, The Guardian observed on the occasion of the Carnegie Medal that "[t]he main audience for Pratchett's 48 books, all busily in print, is teenagers, who are drawn by his irrepressible invention and sense of mischief.
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It was the first Discworld book to be aimed at the younger market; this was followed by The Wee Free Men in The novel won the Carnegie Medal in , providing Pratchett with his first major award. The leader of the judges, Karen Usher, declared that the choice was a unanimous one: "This is an outstanding work of literary excellence - a brilliant twist on the tale of the Pied Piper that is funny and irreverent, but also dark and subversive. The Amazing Maurice is a talking cat, who leads his Educated Rodents, a group of talking rats, as they go from town to town being a plague so that their accomplice, a boy piper , can "lure them all away" from the town, after which they share the money the piper makes. The rats had gained intelligence from eating the waste from the rubbish tip behind Unseen University ; Maurice gained it after eating one of the rats, Additives before he was capable of realizing that they were no longer proper rats. The group is not completely happy; the leader of the rats, Hamnpork, despises Maurice, while Dangerous Beans, a near-blind rat who guides them like a guru , wants to start a rat civilisation and both he and Peaches, the group's scribe, find their trickery unethical.
Maurice and the rats have teamed up with a young lad named Keith to implement a clever moneymaking scheme. Upon entering a town, the rats make a general nuisance of themselves -- stealing food and widdling on things -- until the townsfolk become desperate to get rid of them. Then Maurice and Keith appear on the scene and offer to save the day by ridding the town of its infestation for a small fee. It seems like a surefire plan until the group arrives in the town of Bad Blintz and gets hooked up with Malicia, a young girl with a vivid imagination and a knack for finding trouble. When it's discovered that Bad Blintz already has a rat problem -- one that a couple of shifty-eyed rat catchers claim to have under control -- things turn deadly. For lurking beneath the town's streets is an obstacle course of mangling rattraps and noxious poisons. And beyond that is a monster so powerful and ugly, even Malicia couldn't imagine it.