The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett has gone to the top of the list of my favorite authors, and this book doesn’t disappoint. Maurice the cat and his band of rats all went through a mysterious change they can’t explain and gained the ability to think and speak. After recruiting a stupid-looking kid who plays the flute, they hatched a plan to travel from town to town earning money ridding each town of rats. The kid and the rats are getting uneasy about taking money from towns in what they think is a dishonest way, so they decide to make the town of Bad Blintz their last job. They encounter a very fishy situation, with food being rationed to the townspeople, who harbor the most extreme hatred of rats they have every experienced. With the help of Malicia Grim, the mayor’s daughter who clings to a deep belief in stories and their power, Maurice, the rats and the boy try to figure out what’s going on. The solution and the ending are not at all what you would expect! Another totally imaginative book from the fertile mind of Terry Pratchett.
Review by Mrs. Goldstein-Erickson