The Revenge of Randal Reese-Rat
by Tor Seidler
This sequel to A Rat's Tale
has a lot of things going for it: humor,
romance, mystery, adventure, a touching tale of personal redemption, and
charming illustrations by Brett Helquist (best known for his work on the
Series of Unfortunate Events
). It takes place, mainly, in the community
of wharf- and sewer-rats in lower Manhattan, USA (and one particular
illustration is a poignant reminder that this book was published just
This story picks up, more or less, where A Rat's Tale leaves off, with
underdog hero Montague Mad-Rat about to marry his upper-crust dream
girl, Isabel Moberly-Rat. Meanwhile, Monty's globetrotting aunt has gone
to Africa to fetch her daughter, Maggie, a harmonica-toting musician and
rainmaker, for the wedding. And Isabel's former fiance, the fussy and
prejudiced Randal Reese-Rat, gazing down from his sick room (he is still
recovering from a bit of rat poison), looks on the festivities with a
combination of disdain, jealousy, and humiliation. Worse, a horrible
misunderstanding leaves Randal unjustly accused of a terrible crime,
forced to flee from rat society and hide under an assumed identity.
But Randal has a secret passion that gives him an unexpected connection
with Monty's cousin Maggie. And their chance meeting gives love a chance
to pierce his stubborn heart. Will it get through before his plans for
revenge ruin everything?
Read this book and bask in the warmth of the author's love of wild
animals, the even wilder city, and more puns on the word "rat" than you
can shake your tail at.
Recommended Age: 10+
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