A Rat's Tale by Tor Seidler

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Montague, an artistic young rat living beneath the streets of New York City, thinks he can do nothing to save his friends from extermination until he achieves a better understanding of both himself and his ne'er-do-well uncle.
 

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Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, Tor Seidler grew up in Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, Tor Seidler grew up in Vermont and later, Seattle, Washington, in both of which plaVermont and later, Seattle, Washington, in both of which places his parents were involved in the theater. Encouraged by ces his parents were involved in the theater. Encouraged by his family's love of the arts, Mr. Seidler studied English lhis family's love of the arts, Mr. Seidler studied English literature at Stanford University, and at the age of twenty-siterature at Stanford University, and at the age of twenty-seven his first book, "The Dulcimer Boy", was published, launeven his first book, "The Dulcimer Boy", was published, launching his celebrated career as a writer. Over the past twching his celebrated career as a writer. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Seidler has become one of the most importantenty years, Mr. Seidler has become one of the most important voices in children's fiction with such classics as, "A Rat' voices in children's fiction with such classics as, "A Rat's Tale", "The Wainscott Weasel", an ALA Notable Book, "Terpis Tale", "The Wainscott Weasel", an ALA Notable Book, "Terpin", and "Mean Margaret", which was selected as a finalist fon", and "Mean Margaret", which was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. He currently lives in Newr the National Book Award in 1997. He currently lives in New York City. York City. Fred Marcellino, October 25, 1939 - July 12, 2001 Fred Marcellino was born October 25, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1960, he graduated from Cooper Union with a degree in painting and proceeded to Venice to study for a year. He specialized in creating art for album covers, but in 1975 switched to designing exclusively for book covers. Marcellino was contracted by such publishers as Random House, Simon and Schuster, Knopf and Houghton Mifflin. He produced over forty book covers in a ten year period and then stopped to produce his own books, children's stories which he illustrated himself. In 1990, Marcellino received a Caldecott Honor for his illustration of "Puss in Boots." In 1999, his book "I, Crocodile," was one of the New York Times' Best Illustrated Children's Books. Fred Marcellino died on July 12, 2001 at the age of 61 from colon cancer.
 
Published October 1, 1986 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (J). 185 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The wedding of Monty and Isabel is on hold until Aunt Elizabeth can bring cousin Maggie back from Africa, but the story here is not just of revenge, travel, and the rift between elite wharf rats and those rats that do things.

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In a crisis--the rats need $50,000 ""Rat Rent"" to buy off their human poisoners--young Montague's exquisite paintings on shells are sold to Uncle Moony's human for the requisite sum, and the artist is acclaimed a hero by the rat multitudes and by the exclusive Isabel Moberly-Rat, who has meanwhi...

Oct 01 1986 | Read Full Review of A Rat's Tale

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Set on the wharfs and in the sewers of New York City, this story features young &Montague Mad-Rat, a rat among rats in one of the most original, imaginative stories to appear this season. Montague, pa

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When an arsonist sets a fire in the home of Monty (the hero of A Rat's Tale ) and his fetching bride on their wedding night, Randal Reese-Rat is the prime suspect.

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Fans of A Rat's Tale may be disappointed in this sequel, which focuses less on Montague Mad-Rat and his eccentric family and more on his rival for Isabel Moberly-Rat's hand, Randal Reese-Rat.

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"Beautifully told, Seidler's fantasy never falters;

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Set on the wharfs and in the sewers of New York City, this story features young &Montague Mad-Rat, a rat among rats in one of the most original, imaginative stories to appear this season.

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In this sequel to A RAT'S TALE, Randal Reese-Rat devises a mean way to take revenge on Montague Mad-Rat, the rodent who is about to marry Isabel Moberly-Rat, the rat Randal has always loved.

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(In Germany, where the Augsburger troupe is acclaimed, the pic opened in early 1997 and did solid biz, grossing more than $3 million.) "Tale" opens today in seven markets including New York and Los Angeles.

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