Redwall by Brian Jacques
If you like creatures, critters, and cuteness, Redwall is the series for you! At the same time, if you like action, adventure, heroism, and bad guys who you can love to hate, Redwall is also the series for you!
Brian Jacques puts a little taste of everything into his books. All of the Redwall series focus around animals who walk, talk, wear clothes, and wield swords. While that sounds exceptionally kid-like, surprisingly the characters are well-developed, likeable, and (with the exception that they are mice wearing clothes) very believable. The best part I feel, is that they are characters the reader can really relate to. The heroes have faults and resemble what real people feel and to some extent go through, on the flip-side the villains are creatures you want to just reach into the story and ... Read More
Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool in 1939. He left school at age fifteen and found work as a docker, a truck driver, a policeman and a stand-up comic, all before turning his attention to writing. He wrote his first novel, Redwall, for the children at a school for the blind in Liverpool. Since 1986, his descriptive style of writing has captivated readers from age 8 to 80. His books have won international awards and acclaim and have been made into a TV series. Learn about the reading order for the Redwall series (and other stuff) at Brian Jacques’ website.
Redwall — (1986-2011) Publisher: When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
Tribes of Redwall — (2001-2004) Publisher: The Tribes of Redwall series takes an exciting new look at the wealth of clans– the badgers, the moles, the shrews — that make up the legendary life of Brian Jacques’ best-selling series. In this first guide, readers can learn about and celebrate the hidden world of the badger Lords and the badger warrior spirit. In the tradition of Redwall Map and Riddler and Redwall Friend and Foe, the packet features a detailed 16-page booklet, complete with a wealth of information on badgers, several puzzles, and a quiz to test the knowledge of Redwall fans old and new. Also included is a stunning full-color pullout poster illustrating the badger heroes and heroines profiled in the booklet. Complete with an introduction by Brian Jacques himself, Tribes of Redwall is a must for any Redwall enthusiast!
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Eulalia by Brian Jacques
Torn from his humble home in the Northern Isles, Gorath the badger is taken captive aboard the feared vessel Bludgullet captained by the feared Viska Longtooth, a savage and crazed fox with an unquenchable blood thirst.
Meanwhile, far away in the heart of Mossflower Woods, a young thief is exiled from the great Redwall Abbey. Orkwill Prink, a spirited and energetic hedgehog, forges ahead into the unknown to seek his fortunes in the wider world. Orkwill is unaware, however, that he is soon to cross paths with the mighty badger and a crew of vile vermin.
I have always been a lover of Brian Jacques’s Redwall series, and Eulalia was no exception. I love Jacques’s work because, even though the reader visits the same places over and over again in all of his books, his world becomes famili... Read More
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman — (2001-2006) Publisher: A young boy and his dog stow away on board the Flying Dutchman, a ship bound for South America, in 1620. The pair are thrown overboard as the ship rounds Cape Horn, but are saved by an angel. From then on the two are fated to travel the world, through time to help people in trouble.
Seven Strange & Ghostly Tales — (1991) Publisher: Filled with humor, adventure, and imagination, these seven short stories go from the lighthearted to the bizarre. From a teenager who drives a museum curator to mummify him for signing Phantom Snake (an anagram of his name) all over his exhibits, to a boy who’s dared to visit the tomb of a vampire at midnight only to discover that the vampire boy he meets has a mother who nags just like his own, the eerie and chilling settings and characters will captivate readers.
The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns — (2004) Publisher: Self-described “scalawag” Brian Jacques (venerable author of the beloved Redwall series) sets out to spook young readers with six scary (but, of course, not too scary) tales, steeped in a mulligan stew of folk fables, ancient myths, and horror-flick fiends. The star of the sextet is undoubtedly Jacques’ eccentric style–his diction, humor, and unmistakable brogue–which (in context) shouldn’t give young readers too much trouble, and often makes for very-fun reading besides: “No, sir, I h’arrived too late. But I knows me rats, sir. If the h’Oriental chap says that’s wot ‘appened, then I’ll back ‘im h’all the way.” Kids, of course, figure prominently in each story, too–whether as protagonists or as more scurrilous lads and lasses getting their well-deserved comeuppance. One such schoolboy causes much mayhem in the book’s first (and by far best) story, in which an aspiring scoundrel named Archibald Smifft summons an occult creature, the Ribbajack, to do his evil bidding. Other stories riff off various other creepy creatures, from werewolves to ghosts to even Medusa, usually with some winking moral woven in by Jacques.