After Hamelin

After Hamelin

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After Hamelin picks up the story where the Browning poem and other tellings of The Pied Piper of Hamelin leave off. Told with a sense of adventure and humor, the author uses inventive wordplay and uninhibited imagination to spin a narrative tale through strange lands inhabited by characters both good and evil.

Penelope is now 101 years old, but as a child she was struck deaf on her eleventh birthday, the day the Pied Piper stole the town's children. Spared that fate, she accepts the quest to find the evil piper and bring the stolen children back. She tracks them through dangerous terrain, into the belly of a mountain, to a lost city. Before their adventure is over, Penelope and her companions use their wits and talents to rescue the missing children--standing against human, animal, and supernatural forces in order to triumph. "

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2000
ISBN: 9781550376289
Branch Call Number: J FIC Richa 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 227 p


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Oct 01, 2011

Nice retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamblin story, making a girl centre stage. Richardson also layers in an inventive detail of having the young woman be the only child left behind because she was deaf and couldn't hear the piper's music. Fantastical dream sequences. Worth the time.

Jul 26, 2011

I read this book as a child and fell in the love with both the story and the style of writing. Its the story of Penelope, who wakes up on the morning of her 11th birthday to find she is deaf, and that all the children of Hamelin are missing. The concept of going into the "dream world" to rescue the children and stop the Piper may seem fafetched but Bill Richardson does it very well. The characters are also intriguing, specifically the Singing Trollavians. I continue to reread this book. A very interesting take on the Pied Piper story.

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lms Apr 24, 2008

When Penelope wakes up on her 11th birthday in the Hamelin, she can no longer hear. On the same day, the Pied Piper returns to seek revenge for not having been paid for ridding the town of rats. He plays his pipe to entrap the children and leadfs them to the world of dreams. Unable to hear Penelope is spared. This lively continuation of the story of the Pied Piper is certainly interesting, but, not totally convincing.


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