|Felix and the Red Rats is the latest
childrens novel from James Norcliffe and a ripping wee yarn, rather a ripping two
yarns, it is too.
This book comprises the story of David, his Uncle Felix and some rats
under the care of Davids brother that have turned a bright tomato red. Within the
book is a story being read by David but written by Uncle Felix about his first adventure
in the fantasy land of Axillaris.
Davids story is a mystery tale just why are rats and then cats turning red
without murders but with a very grumpy elder brother. Felixs tale is a
contest between greed and rightful inheritance played out around a most puzzling brain
teaser problem because to get her inheritance the not-quite-imprisoned princess
must first solve a riddle, and to get it wrong would pass her inheritance to her greedy
James Norcliffe has set the tones of the two stories at the appropriate pitch, with
fully realised characters and plots in both tales; and at the end very fittingly ties them
together in the final chapter.
Felix and the Red Rats was a real pleasure to read. Strongly
recommended. I liked the puzzle too; took me a while to solve it.