This quirky twist on the classic children’s tale is not one for the faint hearted.
Russell Brand, a British comedian who has battled with drug addiction brings his rather eccentric personality and humor into this story, with interesting results.
The story follows Sam, a boy who lives in the seemingly perfect town of Hamelin. Everybody is obsessed with keeping tradition alive, following a strict routine and holding various competitions in an effort to please everyone. Every year, the town holds the ‘most gorgeous child in Hamelin’ pageant, a pompous and vain affair that always fails to award the prize to a worthy winner. Sam knows that he can never take part in the pageant, due to a birth defect which has caused one of his legs to wither and become extremely thin. But this isn’t the real reason Sam doesn’t take part in the pageant. He, unlike everyone else in Hamelin isn’t obsessed with vanity or perfection. Instead, he chooses to sit on top the highest hill just outside Hamelin, preoccupied with nature and sparrows.
But this is the year the rats have decided to invade Hamelin. An army of crazed, wacky, fearsome rats with one thing on their minds – destruction.
As the army descend upon Hamelin on the morning of the pageant, the whole town is destroyed with farting and countless extreme acts of disgusting behaviors.
The mayor of the town calls upon The Pied Piper for help. He agrees to get rid of the rats, as long as he gets a sandwich now, and a bag of gold later. The mayor and the townsfolk all agree to the Piper’s terms. He tells them that he will begin to extract the rats at 6pm.
Everybody gathers at the clock in the town square at 5.59pm, ready to witness The Pied Piper’s extraction. At exactly 6pm, the Pied Piper blows his silver whistle and all the rats follow him out of the town.
As soon as the rats have gone, the whole town goes back to normal, as if nothing was ever wrong in the first place. But they’ve forgotten their promise to the Pied Piper….
When he returns to ask for his gold, he is told they never had the gold in the first place, and now he’s done his job, he can leave them alone.
And that’s where the story ends…….. For now.
This book is as quirky and as weird as it sounds. But that is it’s biggest quality. It is the perfect blend of weirdness, eccentricity, disgust and controversy that people will have come to expect from the genius that is Russell Brand. For me, it’s a 4 and a half out of 5 star book. I hope there’s more on the way…