Philip Pullman’s spin-off from ‘Cinderella’, ‘I Was a Rat!, or The Scarlet Slippers‘ is a very funny tale. Pageboy Roger turns up announced on the night time doorstep of a cobbler and his wife, claiming to have been a rat, before being changed into a boy. Roger’s introduction to human civilization provides much of the humour, as does the use of pages from the ‘Daily Scourge’ a scandal-sheet tabloid that allows the author to poke fun at the media, and society’s attitudes to celebrity and headlines.
Philip Pullman is one of our very best writers; his ‘Dark Materials’ trilogy is rightly regarded as an unparalleled classic. ‘I Was a Rat!, or The Scarlet Slippers’ is much lighter in tone, hilarious, and a delight for child and adult readers. http://bookwagon.co.uk/2017/01/24/i-was-a-rat/
Roger’s arrival on the doorstep of a cobbler and his wife confuses all. ‘I Was a Rat!, or The Scarlet Slippers‘ is Roger’s story. How he came to be there is one with which you may be familiar. What happens next is a different wand full of wishes!