It is hard to believe that this small treasure was almost lost to the English-speaking world. First published in the French magazine Figaro illustre in 1893 and reprinted in Verne's posthumous 1910 anthology Hier et demain, it has never before been published in any form in English or separately in book form in any language! This beautiful new edition brings the magic of Jules Verne to English-speaking children of all ages
The name Jules Verne conjures up many images--a trip around the world in 80 days and journeys to the moon, to the center of the earth, and 20,000 leagues under the sea. We think of him as an optimistic prophet of the 20th century. What a pleasant surprise to discover that Verne could also turn his fanciful and fertile imagination to pure fantasy and fairy tale. Adventures of the Rat Family is a droll story, full of action and surprises, with a cast of characters guaranteed to enchant and amuse.
The adventure takes place "in the age of fairies and magicians, and also during the time that animals talked." The whole family of rats has been magically transformed by the evil magician Gardafour and is now languishing as a family of oysters. Can Ratine, our hero, wait for Ratine, his beloved, until she is transformed to her true form once again? Can he, with the help of the fairy Firmenta, outfox Gardafour and the evil Prince Kissador, who scheme to keep the beautiful Ratine locked away forever?
Verne's tale is exciting and spellbinding for young readers, and older children and adults will enjoy his clever and biting satire on the social mores of his day. Original color illustrations by Felician Myrbach-Rheinfeld are beautiful, evocative, and very amusing.
This lost gem of children's literature will fast become a classic among children, their parents, and teachers.
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About the Author:
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a pioneer writer of science fiction. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea are buta few of his novels that have fascinated readers for more than a century. Verne's remarkable understanding of the possibilities of science has given him something of a reputation as a prophet of the future. His description of the details of space travel in From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, among others, bears a striking resemblance to what actually happened in the early days of space exploration in the 1960s. Though Verne did not write his books with children in mind, young readers have always found them true and exciting adventure stories.
Iona Opie is a noted authority in the field of children's lore and literature. With her late husband, Peter, she has edited and written many books on children's literature and games. Their collection of children's literature is now housed at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
Brian Taves, a leading expert on Jules Verne, is coauthor of the Jules Verne Encyclopedia. He holds a Ph.D. in cinema critical studies from the University of Southern California, and is a film historian and cataloger with the Library of Congress.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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