The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo

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The classic tale takes on modern themes in a retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, aided by Emma Chichester Clark's bright illustrations.

In the town of Hamelin, the rich folk live high off the hog, while the poor and sick must scavenge in the trash that's left behind. And that trash keeps building up and up until a horde of rats overruns the town. In this lively retelling, a spunky street kid narrates the age-old tale of a piper who offers to rid a town of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor reneges on the deal. With a nod to contemporary social and environmental themes, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to charm readers with a compelling--and ultimately hopeful--new take on a timeless story.

About Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo has written more than eighty books and received numerous prestigious awards. His books include WAR HORSE, PRIVATE PEACEFUL, and retellings of HANSEL AND GRETEL, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, as well as BEOWULFand SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, both illustrated by Michael Foreman. Michael Morpurgo lives in Devon, England. Emma Chichester Clark has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, which she retold and illustrated, and HANSEL AND GRETEL, retold by Michael Morpurgo. Emma Chichester Clark lives in London.
Published October 1, 2011 by Walker & Company. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The rich may ignore the poor, but the Piper must be paid.

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Publishers Weekly

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The team behind 2008’s Hansel and Gretel gives this dark fairy tale a Dickensian spin and a blatant social agenda, with a socially marginal but insightful boy narrator; a corrupt, fetid setting (the r

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The Wall Street Journal

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Rare is the American child who finishes school without at least once being asked to write a story based on one of the eerie, enigmatically captioned illustrations from Chris Van Allsburg's 1984 picture book, "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick."

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City Book Review

This time, all the children follow him out of town, except for the narrator who must give the mayor a message: in a year and a day, the city must be cleaned up.

Feb 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Youth Services Book Review

It’s a little hard to place because it is too long for a traditional picture book, but the size of the book and the plentiful colored illustrations indicate a young audience, yet at the same time the vocabulary is advanced enough that the transitional chapter book crowd would probably need so...

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