- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374302138
- ISBN-13: 978-0374302139
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 25.2 x 217.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rat Prince: A New Twist on Cinderella Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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"It takes a certain genius to take a story as familiar as Cinderella and make it into something alive and emotionally-charged. The Rat Prince succeeds wonderfully because it brings new levels of substance to the classic fairy story." --Andrew Brumbach, author of THE EYE OF MIDNIGHT
"If I were to tell you that I had just finished one of the most delightful books I have ever read in my ENTIRE life, would you believe me?"-- Jennifer Maschari, author of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE
"THE RAT PRINCE: an adorable fairy-TAIL... This is a rollicking story, great fun, swoony and hilarious and twisty-turny, too!" -- Heidi Heilig, author of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE
"THE RAT PRINCE, told in alternating voices of Prince Char (The Rat Prince) and Cinderella, gives the familiar fairy tale a surprising and delightful twist. Bridget Hodder has re-imagined this timeless story in a way that is not only engaging, but raises thoughtful questions about loyalty, integrity, and beauty. "--Victoria Coe, author of FENWAY AND HATTIE
“You may think you know the story of Cinderella, but Prince Char will set you straight. Did we mention Char is a rat? Char pities Cinderella because of her unfortunate stepmother situation, and hopes for the best for her: that Prince Geoffrey will fall in love with her at the king’s ball. However, after some spying, Char and his friends discover that Geoffrey is fatally cruel. Upon returning home, a goddess recruits Char to serve as a temporarily human footman so Cinderella can attend the ball in style. While trying to protect her, Char realizes that he is in love with Cinderella. Even crazier, she returns his regard! But after the clock strikes 12 and the spell dissolves, can they find a ‘happily ever after’? Notable differences between this and the mainstream tale include an especially spirited Cinderella, a sweet stepsister, and, of course, supersentient rats. The alternating first-person viewpoints of Prince Char and Cinderella make for steady pacing, and...this story will still appeal to fans of fractured fairy tales.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Bridget Hodder began her career in archaeology, translating ancient documents in order to tell the stories of civilizations from the distant past. Then she realized she had her own stories to tell. She now writes full time in a small seaside town in New England. THE RAT PRINCE is her debut novel.
Top customer reviews
Well, you should because I just read and LOVED Bridget Hodder's THE RAT PRINCE. Let's start with the outside cover. Now, this cover is pretty special. That's Char, prince of the rats (northern kingdom). Char is noble and caring and dashing. He has a right-hand man (rat), Swiss, who is the kind of buddy that you want when you're running a kingdom.
Now you have Cinderella or the lovely Rose. Beautiful, kind, and strong-willed but very mistreated by her evil stepmother.
Now, throw in Beef One, Two and Three (you can never really know who's who - and this is only one example of the lovely humor Bridget Hodder sprinkles throughout), some kind and helpful mice, and magic and you have yourself a Cinderella story. BUT it's not the Cinderella story you expect. This is the real and true version.
I read this book with a grin on my face the entire time. I also cried a little (in the car shop no less) but I was still smiling as I was crying. That is the true sign that you have something special on your hands. I was incredibly charmed by this book!
Bridget Hodder's inventive retelling of Cinderella begins with a rat, Prince Char, who lives in Lancastyr Manor, along with his many rat-subjects. Also in Lancastyr Manor is Rose, now insultingly called "Cinderella" by her stepmother, Wilhelmina. Her father is out of sorts with an Alzheimers-esque ailment, leaving Rose subject to the whims and impulses of the woman who treats her poorly. In chapters alternating between Char and Rose, we learn of a life-altering opportunity for Rose: a nearby prince hosting a ball, looking for a spouse. Could she be a fit? Could such a match solve the problems the rats are dealing with as well?
There is much delight to be found in Hodder's lovely take on Cinderella. For one, the charming Char as one of our two narrators. His narration is clever and sweet, particularly as we see him transformed into a human for the night and suddenly quite taken with Rose. Avid readers of fairy tale retellings will enjoy seeing all of the attention paid to reworking the various key elements of the familiar story, eagerly anticipating the big night at the ball (I know I was!). There is so much more I want to say, but I fear spoiling the reading experience. Just magical.
I LOVED this book. The tale is familiar (Cinderella), but the spin was completely new. This is the tale of the Rat (who happened to be a prince) who was turned into one of the coachmen for Cinderella's ball. From page one, I was swept into the story, and despite Char being a rat, I just loved him. So noble. Kind. Intelligent. Wise. Compassionate. . . . And I could go on. But he was all the things a prince and hero should be.
And Cinderella. Or rather Lady Rose. She was a heroine I can get behind. Yes, she submitted to her stepmother's will. Yes, she was meek and subservient. But she was strong. And Smart. And Kind. A loving daughter. A protectorate of the weak. She did not just wait for a prince to save her, but she was also not afraid to ask for help. A balance that is so hard to find. I was so sad when the book ended. I could have spent many more hours with these characters. I very highly recommend this book. One that I will definitely be buying so I can read and re-read this story to my heart's content.