“Once upon a time, a mysterious time that exists through a window in your mind, a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now does to us, except their teeth weren’t so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin”
‘They say cometh the hour cometh the man. This means when a situation demands it, the right person - it could be a woman, despite what Sexist Dave would tell you - will appear. This was the hour and in this case the man was a Piper. A Pied Piper.’
You’ll be enchanted and revolted in equal measure by the host of characters you meet in Russell Brand’s Hamelin: the anarchic rats, the arrogant townspeople, sharp-eyed Sam and of course the Pied Piper himself, all brought to life in Brand’s inimitable style and with the illustrations of Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.
“Russell Brand’s new book is a must-buy. Making his children’s literature debut, Russell adds his magic to the tale of the legendary rat catcher, accompanied by mesmerising illustrations from Chris Riddell”
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“Every page is crowded with brightly coloured, immaculately illustrated characters”
Comedian Russell Brand is an international phenomenon. As well as starring in movies such as Get Me to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Despicable Me, he is also the author of seven books including the Sunday Times bestselling memoir My Booky Wook and Revolution. In 2011 Brand was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award at the British Comedy Awards. He toured his most recent stand-up show The Messiah Complex worldwide. He regularly writes for the Guardian.
Illustrator Chris Riddell is a Costa prize-winning illustrator, author and former Children’s Laureate. He has worked as a political cartoonist for the Economist, the Independent and the Observer. He has illustrated an exceptional range of books and also writes and creates his own books, such as the highly-acclaimed Ottoline series and the Costa prize-winning Goth Girl series.
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