swreader wrote: Pooh, you silly boy.
That's why the central characters in this book (contrary to the title) are the Educated Rodents. Yes, there are humans and there is a cat and there rats. But most of all, there is The Clan.
Swreader, you silly girlie.
Erroneously stating that the rats are the main characters is equivalent to blaming Bush for the last 8 years. You are completely overlooking the Machiavellian puppet master who is the real star, be it Dick (Neo-Con) Cheney, or, as in this instance, Maurice.
1. Who thought up the whole "Pied-piper" scam? Maurice
2. Who introduced Keith to the talking rats in the first palce? Maurice
3. Who is the star of the first chapter? Maurice
4. Who is the star of the last paragraph of the whole book? Maurice
5. Who acts as a go-between to bring Keith and Malicia together? Maurice
6. Who kills the evil Spider? Maurice
7. Who saves Dangerous Beans' life by sacrificing one of his own lives? Maurice
8. Who has the idea to put cotton wool in the rats' ears so they don't hear the piper? Maurice
9. Who devises the plan with the piper so that nobody loses? Maurice
10. Who acts as a negotiator between the rats and the humans in the Townhall? Maurice
11. Who puts forward the idea of the rats and humans living together in harmony in Bad Blintz, making it rich from all the tourists ? Maurice
12. Which character has the most speaking lines in the book? Maurice
I humbly beg to disagree with your analysis, because you simply cannot see the "cat" for the "rats".