I Was a Rat!: Or, the Scarlet Slippers
Philip Pullman
Illustrated by
Peter Bailey


So insists Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he NOW?

A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers?

The Daily Scourge is sure of it.

A money-spinning fairground freak?

He is to Mr Tapscrew.

A champion wriggler and a downy card?

That's what Billy hopes.

Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. Only one of them knows who Roger really is. And luckily a story about her can sell even more newspapers than one about a rat-boy

Published by : Yearling

Date: 04 November 2004

ISBN: 978-0440866398

Format: Paperback

Pages: 176pp

Price : £6.99

Philip Pullman

I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. I loved the feeling of making marks on a piece of paper, but it wasn't until some time later that I learned to connect that pleasure with a quite different pleasure, that of being absorbed in a story. Because I loved stories too - every kind of story, from fairy tales to Superman, from school stories to horror stories. As a matter of fact I still do.