Series: Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Illustrated by award-winner, Chris Riddell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
A Middle School and YA read
We are not force-feeding the ancient tales. However, this is a twist and a half on a wonderful story written in 1888 (!) by Robert Browning which you should read sometime, by the way.
Russell Brand has re-engineered The Pied Piper of Hamelin into a tale of bullying, of spite, of greed and all manner of insalubrious vices.
Unabashedly rude and crude, the language nonetheless accurately portrays the rottenness of this seedy lot. When you see how full of goodness Sam is, how marvelous the Pied Piper is, and how right the outcome is, you’ll forgive a lot. You’ll laugh a lot as well, but you will also feel exceedingly ashamed of any bullying tendencies you may have buried in that heart of yours. Wow! What a tale! It’s masterful, I think.
The illustrations are equally brilliant, which in all makes this book add up to one huge winner. I think one should own it, because you’d want to learn all those cool words in the glossary and look often at those glossy pages. Go on, ask mom…