The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Review

With this first book in Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales series, the famed comedian, actor, and bestselling author delivers a hilarious retelling of an old fairytale favorite that will appeal to adults and children alike.

Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now except their teeth weren’t so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin. The people of Hamelin were a pompous bunch who loved themselves and their town so much that if it were possible they would have spent all day zipped up in a space suit smelling their own farts. But space suits hadn’t been invented yet so they couldn’t.

Then one day without warning a gang of rats bowled into the town and began causing a right rumpus…


So begins Russell Brand’s wildly funny and surprisingly wise retelling of the classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up kid, you’ll be chuckling the whole way through this zany story that bypasses Brand’s more adult humor for the outrageous, the madcap, and the just plain silly.

Maybe you’ve heard about the Pied Piper before, with his strange music and those pompous townspeople and pesky rats. Or maybe you haven’t. But one thing is for sure: you’ve never heard it quite like this.

Title:The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Edition Language:English

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    The Pied Piper of Hamelin Reviews

  • Betsy

    If there is a trend to be spotted amongst the celebrity children’s books being released these days then I think it boils down to a general perception on their part that books for kids aren’t subve...

  • Sarah Churchill

    Ok, two things we need to get straight before we start; this is NOT for children and it's not going to be to everyone's taste. Brand is essentially telling a tale to ya/adults AS IF they're children. ...

  • Gabrielle

    RUSSELL BRAND SHOULD READ EVERY AUDIOBOOK EVER.This should have been more popular than it is because it is honestly perfect. I can not fault this book at all. It has the perfect about of kid/bum jokes...

  • Melissa Chung

    This book was incredibly silly. Full of toilet humor and other words that kids like to laugh at like the word fart, and boogies. My favorite two words were bum custard. It's totally gross and I laughe...

  • Zoe's Human

    Talk about neither flesh nor fowl ... Is this children's or no? While the language, style, and structures are certainly well within the ability of middle-graders to read and understand (especially wit...

  • Fatima

    Really clever and witty. Great story. Kinda hilarious. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. Too much toilet humour for my liking. But it’s so Russel Brand. If you don’t like his humour or wh...

  • Hizatul Akmah

    as mentioned a lot in most people reviews of this book, on contrary, this isn't a book for children. it's a satire for grown-ass adults. 3.8/5 for being unironically hilarious....

  • Tom Loock

    Let's see: I've come to appreciate Russell Brand lately, I think Chris Riddell is a good artist, the 'Pied Piper' was one of my favourite fairy tales when I was a kid and I have even been to Hamelin (...

  • Malissa

    I think actual kids will like this more than I did. It was entertaining and funny at points, but there are too many poop jokes for even me. But, as evidenced by Captain Underpants, kids love irreveren...

  • Melanie

    Loved this short but entertaining fairytale of sorts! It reads like you're watching a Russell Brand interview - fast paced and no full stops lol A great overall message, lots of British slang but ther...