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The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Russell Brand's Trickster Tales by [Russell Brand, Chris Riddell]

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“He attacks his first children's book with full force,coloring the story in with humorous asides, witty turns of phrase and a few choice nuggets of sage wisdom. Illustrator Riddell is just as sharp, filling the book with eye-popping illustrations and beautiful coloring. Brand's biting humor isn't toned down in the slightest.” (Kirkus)

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Gr 4–7—In this retelling of the medieval German folktale, the hubris-filled residents of Hamelin are overrun by a polygamous, narco-egalitarian, rat collective of the worst order. Only "gammy-legged" Sam and his mother possess any measure of humility and kindness (for which they are later rewarded). As in the original, the citizens agree to pay the curious, almost otherworldly piper if he can remove the rats. When they later renege on their promise, the piper removes the children of Hamelin as well. As the musing, interrupting narrator, Brand quietly and thoughtfully delivers asides and astute observations as to the character of Hamelin's citizens, who include Fat Dave and Sexist Bob. As the piper, Brand's voice has an almost mesmerizing quality, like the legendary piper's music, lulling the listener into a contemplative state. Sadly, occasionally brilliant phrasing and subtle commentary are sandwiched between overly exuberant character voices and crass jokes. One can write a children's book with wryly amusing social commentary; one can write a children's book replete with poop and fart jokes. It is nearly impossible to balance the two. VERDICT It will be difficult for this book to find an audience outside Brand's existing fan base. Too bad. It had promise.—Lisa Taylor, Ocean County Library, NJ --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00NR1CYUI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books (November 11, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 11, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 42459 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Since rising to fame in 2003, Russell Brand has established himself as one of one of the world’s most celebrated stand-up comedians.

Aside from stand-up, Russell is also a phenomenally successful author, broadcaster, actor, podcaster, columnist, political commentator and mental health & drug rehabilitation activist.

He has 2 cats, a dog, a wife, a baby, 10 chickens and 60 thousand bees, in spite of being vegan curious.

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