Genre: Children’s lit, humor, fantasy
Synopsis: Roger was a rat. No, really. Now he’s a human–what can he do about that? All he wants to do is chew on some string and some dirty food, but winds up being adopted by a nice, though very confused, couple. Is there any way he can turn back into a rat?
Review: What a delightful little book! Filled with good humor and just the right amount of intrigue, I Was a Rat! details the aftermath of the “happily ever after”. When Roger isn’t turned back into a rat after a Cinderella-esque plot, he’s a little beside himself with what to do. How can he be human when he’s only three weeks old? And people keep expecting him to act a certain way that’s completely different to what he’s known for his entire life.
His new foster parents don’t know what to do either–there’s no missing children in the kingdom, the police don’t want him, the hospital doesn’t want him, the school doesn’t want him, and they certainly don’t want to bring him to the orphanage where crying and screams can be heard from a mile away! But when Roger gets caught up in some trouble, his foster parents realize that they rather like their weird, deranged boy.
Every few chapters are intercepted by a front-page newspaper similar to that of The Sun or The Enquirer in nature. And boy, is it funny, the mob mentality, the celebrity culture, the absolute dismissal of all experts. This book is so different than what I’m used to Pullman writing about (ie: The Golden Compass), but it was fun all the same. This is great for kids who love fairy tales, humor, and want to start branching out into reading books with longer chapters.