I am not usually a fan of Russell Brand, I find him a bit too hectic. But he really pulls off this retelling of the fairy tale ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’; there is buffoonery which can be relished by all.
‘Double-Dip Recession: Rich people have taken all the money and are making up excuses for why everyone else aint got none.’
Brand uses a fair bit of slang, which he sometimes uses footnotes to explain as well as a glossary.
‘Rumpus: Noisy trouble like smashing up your room is a rumpus.’
The way Brand has renovated this as a ‘Trickster Tale’ really works. Brand retells addressing important issues within today’s society, using its classic morals with relevant impact, which children & adults can relate to.
Not only is it fantastically written, it is beautifully illustrated by arguably the best illustrator out there Mr. Chris Riddell, a tremendous combination, I look forward to further books in this series. Made a great bedtime story for all.
The Pied Pier of Hamelin by Russell Brand, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Published by Atria Books on 11/11/14. 136 pages.