The Rat Prince, a middle-grade retelling of Cinderella, has just enough twists and surprises to keep the story fresh, and the characters – both new and traditional – are charming and delightful. Readers both young and old will keep turning pages to find out how the story ends. We know that villains will lose, heroes will win, and love will conquer all …. but just how this fairy tale will conclude is up for grabs until the very end.
Note: I received an advanced copy of THE RAT PRINCE from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
Published by Farrar on August 23, 2016
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, MG
Page Length: 260 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Cinderella thinks she must work alone to save her noble family from the ruin and disgrace her stepmother has brought to Lancastyr Manor. She has an ailing father, a sweet, innocent little stepsister, and dependent servants to protect from the wicked Wilhemina--and no way to call attention to their plight unless she figures out how to attend the royal ball.
But Cinderella knows nothing of the ancient pact between the House of Lancastyr and the rats who live within the walls of her ancestral home.
Nor is she aware that the sleek black rat she thinks is her pet is actually the Rat Prince...and she is not alone.
- The many heroes of this fairy tale are just extraordinary and are wonderful role models for young readers. Cinderella is smart, plucky, persistent, and kind. Prince Char, the rat prince, is noble, brave, chivalrous, and self-sacrificing. And a host of supporting characters do the best that they can with the limited resources available to them. It’s a classic tale to inspire kids to persevere under difficult circumstances.
- There are plenty of twists and unexpected developments as Hodder turns the rats into protagonists who try to help Cinderella. There’s a bit of a Disney vibe to the story as the rodents try to help out with the ball gown, which is destroyed in a Disney-like scene. But after that point, the plot line moves into new territory and hits its stride.
- The only part of The Rat Prince that bothered me was the flatness of the villains, who seem to have no motivation for their murderous actions.
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit predictable at the beginning, but once Cinderella arrived at the ball, the novel treatment of this classic fairy tale gave new life to the story. This is definitely one to share with a favorite child!!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
THE RAT PRINCE by BRIDGET HODDER
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