I Was a Rat
or The Scarlet Slippers
Publisher: Random House
A small boy arrives on the doorstep of a childless couple, politely but insistently asserting that he used to be a rat.
The hapless Roger is first taken from his new home for a ‘philosophical investigation’, then exploited as a fairground exhibit and finally hunted as an alleged threat to society, until the remarkable truth finally emerges.
This is a magical, humorous and well-paced example of storytelling at its best.