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    1. The Phantom Tollbooth
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    2. Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th
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    3. The Hello, Goodbye Window
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    4. Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
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    5. Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)
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    6. The Carrot Seed
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    8. The Dot and the Line: A Romance
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    1. The Phantom Tollbooth
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    Asin: 0394820371
    Catlog: Book (1988-10-12)
    Publisher: Yearling
    Sales Rank: 730
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Illustrated in black-and-white. This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Take an adventure inside your own imagination
    I read this book as a child, and very happily reorded it when a memory of it surfaced. The plot is as excellent as I remembered it. A young boy named Milo finds the entire world to be completely uninteresting, and he's already bored, cyncial and jaded, despite the fact that he can't be more than 12 years old. Somebody gives him a way to explore, and he's off to a fantastic land of imagination in his little electric car. Once there, he finds that knowledge and thought have become personified. He encounters cities of words and numbers, a woman who guards and saves sounds, he literally jumps to Conclusions, takes a swim in the sea of knowledge. The main plot involves Milo and some assorted friends (my favorite is the watch-dog Tock, who has a real watch on him, but then I've always loved dogs) rescuing two princesses who are trapped in the Mountains of Ignorance. Milo must battle all of the demons that plauge goodness and knowledge to accomplish his goal. Along the way, he discovers that he and the world are much more interesting and exciting than he thought. Besides that, another little gem is hidden in here. Life is not just about learning and pursuing knowledge. There are many varities and experiences out there. Math, science, art, history and so on. The key is not just learning about them, but learning how to balance them so that they all work together to make us better people. Milo got the message in the end, and I hope that more follow in his footsteps. This book is written on a children's level, but the author never talks down to kids or patronizes them. It's a pleasant read for all ages. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this
    My father read this book to me the first year it was published. I was nine and it has been on my bookshelf since. I can't tell you how many copies of this I have purchased for people.

    This is a great book to encourage thinking, not simply memorizing. Each page contains new language, new ideas, new ways to play with learning. It also happens to be a wonderful story. I may have been too young at nine to read it on my own, but certainly it is a great read-aloud for children nine or a bit younger. At nine, I didn't understand all the fancies, but like the Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland, this book succeeds on many levels.

    The Phantom Tollbooth encourages a child's love for language. It paints wonderful pictures (with the help of Feiffer's charming line drawings). It is as perfect a thing as can be written.

    Oh, and if you're an adult without any children at home - buy the book for yourself. It will take you away from the Doldrums and into the Kingdom of Wisdom where your spirit can be renewed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic wordplay!
    This book is fun for all ages, one of the handful of great children's books that will still be fun to read 50 years from now. It's like Dr. Seuss for older children. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book
    This book is just so clever. I mean the word play in this book never ends. I love all the ideas in this book, but my favorite ideas are that sounds are made and that someone plays the color in the world. I will most likely allways remember when Milo claps his hands and all the paper surrounds him. This is my third time reading this book and I highly recomend it to anyone and everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY REALLY GREAT!
    this book is so so good. I really like the spelling bee.I think this book is the funniest book I have ever read in my life.this book should get all the awards. ... Read more

    2. Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)
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    Asin: 0064430227
    Catlog: Book (1981-05-20)
    Publisher: HarperTrophy
    Sales Rank: 342
    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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    One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...

    And thus begins one of the most imaginative and enchanting adventures in all of children's books. The creative concept behind this beloved story has intrigued children and kept them absorbed for generations, as page by page unfolds the dramatic and clever adventures of Harold and his purple crayon.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Power and a Purple Crayon
    *Harold and the Purple Crayon* mesmerized me as a child. My 5 year old adores it, and my ten year old can't hide his continuing enthusiasm. With his purple Crayon, sensible Harold creates the moon so that he can see where he's going. He accidentally creates the sea (his drawing hand shakes, thus making waves appear) but soon negates this potential danger by drawing a boat and, finally, land. When hungry, Harold draws a delicious picnic with purple food. Harold copes.

    The central idea is that a child, no matter how small, can exert control over the world, and when that child makes mistakes -- drawing a choppy sea, for instance -- those mistakes can be remedied. This book gives a child power. Grown-ups don't count; Harold makes what he needs without help. Under the influence of this book, at the ripe age of 11, I created a club called "The Purple X", in which, using purple markers to send letters, I set out to right all wrongs. Harold goes one better; he makes light and land. And the book makes children who feel empowered to tackle the problems of a big, scary world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Harold harold bow-berald, banna fanna foe-ferald...
    There's something about Crockett Johnson (real name David Johnson Leisk) that is instantly recognizable. Like Matt Groening of "The Simpsons" fame, Johnson had a particular style of drawing that was both simple and infinitely adaptable. Though he drew the comic strip "Barnabus" and the incredibly simple, "The Carrot Seed", it is "Harold and the Purple Crayon" that won Johnson the fame he has today. The story has been ripped off a million times in a million different ways, but we can all credit this original as the first of the first. All hail that spunky Harold and his oh-so purple crayon.

    When we first meet Harold he and his magical purple crayon are already well acquainted. No picture in this book appears that Harold does not draw himself (aside from Harold himself). Our intrepid hero sets off on a series of small adventures that are both intentionally and unintentionally caused by his crayon. Drawing everything from the moon (which makes a point to appear on every single page that Harold finds himself on) to dragons to flying balloons to a policeman, Harold has a gay old time.

    Wanna hear a petty complaint? A petty, insignificant, hardly-worth-listening-to complaint? Okay, here goes..... it bothers me that Harold's crayon never gets smaller. By logical extension it should, shouldn't it? Of course, by logical extension I should remember that this is, after all, a MAGIC purple crayon. Maybe magic crayons don't get smaller. Obviously I don't know the rules that govern crayons particularly well. If I did I wouldn't be having these problems. In any case, that's my only objection to this book. It is, I know from personal experience, a heavily adored and respected story. People will carry copies of this book with them all their lives. There is something about Harold and his tiny adventures that speaks to the hearts of millions. If you've never had the pleasure of reading a Crockett Johnson book, this is the place to start. If you have read this book, read it again. It's just that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best bedtime books ever!
    My 3.5 year old son adores this book and I do too. We read it nearly every night. Harold is an imaginative little boy who draws a world of his own. My son is always talking right along with the book about all the wonderful things he is going to draw. I think every child should have this book. I can't wait 'till my son can read it for himself!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Story of a Little Boy with a Huge Imagination
    This classic little book is a lovely reflection on childhood imagination and the joys of creativity.

    Tiny wide-eyed Harold, in his one piece jammies and purple crayon in hand, wanders through the night using the dark canvas of sky to draw whatever fanciful dreamscapes his curious young mind can conjure.

    No dummy is our Harold. He is an inventive little fellow who devises his own path, invents his own moon to light his way, makes a boat when he finds himself enveloped in a purple sea, creates pies when he is hungry, and so on until he is tired. Thanks to cleverly leaving behind special images as pointers to guide his way, he makes it back home in one piece and with lots of exciting stories to tell.

    This is such a delightful book for children and one of the reasons is that it can be used interactively. Read the story with your kids then give them some crayons and a huge sheet of paper and let them loose to design and explore their own magical worlds.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Harold et la differance
    Under an everpresent crescent moon, Harold's signifying crayon implies the metacritique immanent in all eschatologies: Outcoding the text beneath him, he at once embraces and negates the subject's death in a meeting of poststructural praxis/(post-)modern framing with narrotological desire. Harold, purple crayon firmly in hand, rises from the smoking ruins of continental thought; but having been "written", will our protagonist find fortitude to "write" his way out of the aporias inherent in a de-centered, post-historical dasein?

    There is hope....The trace, in erasure of its present presence, loops back from Harold to Johnson, engendering ample clues for resistance to our clinical gaze...But the specter of psychoanalytic eschatology haunts his every gesture. Every slippage is deferred, in its deferral, of Harold's problematized Lacan, leaving no indivisible remainder, defying the fatal strategies of his feints (forgetting Baudrillard) to attempt that final erasure of Derrida's (cottage) industry through a (re)sound(ing) metanarratalogical poetic. Outdistancing at every step all Derridean slippage, Harold's gestures in the dark problematize the infinite substitution and free play within a field of signifiers (themselves privileged signifieds of the wall/not-wall of the enclosing space/page), resisting inevitably all attempts at reconstituting envelopes of perfomative (de-)coding. With startling metaphysical elan, Harold slips the bounds of our logocentric world to inscribe traces of an essentialist foundation light-years beyond the binary opposition (re)inscribed by la differance: beyond Freud, with (in) Freud, with(out) Freud, to be about Freud, forgetting Freud.

    All in all, this "Harold" represents a remarkably vigorous (re)covery of Saussurean categories.

    This is no boy scribbling terse graffitos to a lost master narratology; this is the newly minted currency of our retinal field. ... Read more

    3. The Hello, Goodbye Window
    by Norton Juster
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    Asin: 0786809140
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-15)
    Publisher: Michael Di Capua Books
    Sales Rank: 78785
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    This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations.The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt. ... Read more

    4. Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0441005489
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 828
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summerof the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as theyseem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent ondestroying the tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle forthe ownership of Redwall. This dazzling story in the Redwall series ispacked with all the wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure ofthe other books in the collection, but has the added bonus of takingthe reader right back to the heart and soul of Redwall Abbey and thecharacters who live there.

    Magical, mystical, and the stuff of legends, this stunning tale of goodbattling with--and ultimately triumphing over--evil takes the reader ona roller-coaster adventure that barely draws breath from the first pageto the very last. Brian Jacques is a true master of his craft.--Susan Harrison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Redwall is a joy to read at any age

    Redwall is one of the finest examples of children's literature I've ever read. The detail that Brian Jacques puts into his books makes them a joy for children to read...and for adults to read aloud, or to themselves.

    In Jacques' books, each species of animal speaks with a different dialect, mostly different British dialects. The descriptions of the foods and feasts of Redwall Abbey make one want to go out and try some of the moles "Deeper 'n' ever pie;" and what I wouldn't give to be able to taste one of the Abbott's cakes frosted with buttercup cream!

    Brian Jacques has given the world a book that children and adults alike can enjoy. He begins with a wonderful description of the tales' villian...Cluney the Scourge...and holds the reader spellbound through the mysteries, adventures and romances that follow.

    I first read this book about four years ago. Then, while I was pregnant with our only child, I then proceeded to read it a second time, aloud, so that my daughter, Madison, would develop a love of literature at a very young age. I even recorded the story so that Madison would be able to listen to it in the future.

    Many times we are tempted to "wait for the movie," especially when it comes to children's literature. But this book is made for reading. Jacques unique dialects and "turns of the phrase" are wonderful for the preteen set to read by themselves (at 400 or so pages, they can feel like they are finally reading a real novel) or for an adult to read aloud to a younger group.

    Once you have read this first in Jacques' Redwall series, you will find yourself eagerly awaiting the next installment (just like I do).

    As I stated before, it has been over four years since I read this book, so please forgive any misspellings of the villian's name.

    By the way, for those of you who are interested, Madison, who just turned two, already brings me stacks upon stacks of books every night to read before we go to be. I fear I have created a monster!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant and Captivating tale...
    "Redwall" is a thrilling piece of storytelling that has captured the hearts of fans around the world with its heart-pounding adventure, lovable characters and "hare"-breadth escapes. The amazing descriptive elements help bring the written word to life.

    Fantasy has rarely had the warm, inviting feel of the Redwall series, especially this fabulous first enstallment. Its mystery,intrigue, and conundrums to unravel, as well as its twists of fate, assure that it will go down as a classic.

    Matthias is a young novice mouse of the Redwall order, a rather clumsy creature, who has left every mouse in the Abbey wondering what his destiny will be. After the celebration of their Abbot's Golden Jubilee, a large horde of rats is discovered roaming the land in a horse-cart, lead by an usually large rat with one eye...

    The characters in Redwall are all animals, such as those native to England (rats, mice, badgers, squirrels, foxes, and so on). The distinction between the protagonists and antagonists, and the differences in each creature's "personality" (not to mention their differences in accents and dialects!) add to the enjoyment. "Redwall" is uniquely fullfilling. This is the beginning of a long journey enjoyed by people of all ages. Redwall has grown to be one of my personal favorites, as have all the Redwall books, and will surely become a favorite of any enthusiastic reader.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great book!
    I read this book based on an enthusiastic recommendation. And I am so glad I did. I'm now a happy fan of Brian Jacques and the entire Redwall series.

    The story moves along very nicely, with good editing and excellent characters. I found myself reading late into the night just to see what happens to them and how it ends. The only warning I have is to be prepared to be hungry! The feasts are described in wonderful detail with great imagery and colorful conversations. It's very reminiscent of holiday gatherings and family dinners from childhood.

    This book impressed me. I know it was written for children, but it absolutely does not read like one. I can see why younger readers would enjoy it, but adults will love it too. It would be a great book to read aloud or just keep it to yourself.


    I'ts been a long while since a book has given me such absolute pleasure as this remarkable little adventure (ah-hem) tale about a novice mouse hoping to become a brother of the Redwall Abbey in Mossflower woods. Instead he becomes the Abbey champion when he leads the fight against Cluny The Scourge: a particularly foul, one-eyed rat that threatens the peace and safety of Redwall and the surrounding countryside. This is a classic fantasy novel in the tradition of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis with a host of unforgettable characters (and loads of violent confrontations that could scare younger children). Jacques' prose is delicious to devour and highly recommended to anyone who doesn't enjoy reading: a fact that whets one's appetite for the next entry in the series. HARSH LANGUAGE: about 6 words, VIOLENCE: about 40 scenes, SEXUAL REFERENCES: none.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Guerilla Union of Shrews! (Read the book to figure out)
    Fans of Watership Down and heroic tales of battles and quests will be intrigued with the unique world of personified animals that Brian Jacques has created. Bizarre but equally entrancing, Redwall will captivate readers and keep them prisoner until the very end. The book opens with a description of Redwall Abbey which is owned by an order of monk-like mice and an introduction to Matthias, a clumsy, awkward, "brother-in-training." Matthias, Father Abbot, and the other brothers have lived in relative peace for many long years, providing shelter and care to local woodland residents and all those in need. This humble but satisfying way of life is threatened one summer night when Matthias first lays eyes upon the legendary warlord, Cluny the Scourge, and his horde of rats ready to plunder and pillage. Where these villainous rats have come from is unknown but it is quite clear that Cluny has his one eye set upon claiming Redwall as his stronghold. All that stands between the death and destruction of the entire Mossflower region is the monastery brothers and sisters. Now these practitioners of mercy, healing, and love must become skilled defenders of their home.

    Young Matthias experiences a tremendous transformation from an orphaned immature mouse to a natural born leader and developing warrior. To save Redwall from its invaders he embarks on a quest to find the lost sword of Martin the Warrior, a founder of their abbey. During his search he discovers his past and destiny, learning valuable lessons of life, honor, and what truly lies in a warrior's heart along the way. Join the mice and their companions as they encounter new friends and enemies during their struggle with the terrible Cluny the Scourge. Redwall is a strangely imaginative and enchanting story that will change your views on furry rodents forever. ... Read more

    5. Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0441005764
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 685
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    Mossflower, prequel to Redwall, is widely acknowledged by fans as one of the most memorable volumes of the bestselling Redwall series. It is now available in a special format, with six all-new, full-page illustrations and a brand-new map by David Elliot (illustrator of Triss and The Angel’s Command, and winner of the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award). Fans will be eager to add it to their collections, and those new to the Redwall series will want to pick it up to find out how the grand epic got its start. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Prequel to Redwall!
    I really enjoyed this book, because it was a very good science fiction/ fantasy book. It was a very good book that kept me wanting to read it more and more to see what happened next. I couldn?t put the book down once I began reading. It was about talking animals with a problem. Martin a warrior mouse was traveling from his home land, searching for his father when he was captured. He was thrown in the jail of Kotir in mossflower. He later finds out the all the woodland animals in mossflower are being enslaved and attacked by wildcats and there army. After being helped by the woodlanders he decides to stay with the woodlanders and help them defeat the intruders. With his new found friends he sets out to the mountain of Salamandastron to get help from a great warrior badger. On the way they overcome many hardships. While back in Kotir the rest of the woodlanders find out other ways to stop the intruders.
    I rate this on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, a 5. I rate this a perfect five because this is just the kind of book I enjoy reading. This book also has a lot of action and fighting in it which kept me wanting to read more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bravery, cunning, determination. Mossflower has it all

    A masterful story of cunning, treachery, determination, and bravery. Brian Jacques' tale of how the Redwall Abbey came to be is truly a must-read for any fan of the Redwall series, and for anyone who has not read one of the Redwall books, Mossflower is a great place to start!

    The story is full of riddles, songs, memorable characters, and one cannot forget the battles of the peace loving woodland creatures versus the evil troops under the command of the the merciless wildcat Tsarmina. The brave Martin, clever Gonff, the strong Skipper of the Otters and a plethora of other colorful characters make this book one not to miss. There's something for everyone in this book, action, humor, love, mystery, and riddles that make the mind boggle!

    Truly one of Brian Jacques' best and most beautifully done works, also a fantastic tale for all ages! This was the first of Jacques' books that I ever read, and I've looked forward to any of his new books ever since

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mossflower
    Mossflower starts out kind of slow. But after awhile it starts to go faster. And u start to get more interesed in it. along the way Martin has lots of adventures. And has lots of enemies,but he also has lots of friends. this is a book that u can't put down.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mossflower
    This is in my opinion one of the best Redwall books. The story of a band of woodland creatures resisting the tyrannical reign of the evil wildcat queen Tsarmina, this book has lots of fighting and battle scenes. It is also the first book in which Martin the Warrior appears, the heroic mouse from the northern coast destined to free Mossflower from the cat's oppressive rule! This is the first Redwall book I ever read and it is one of my favorite books of all time! I would give it ten stars if I could!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Read it for Tsarina's tantrums
    After reading Redwall I was hoping for greater insight into Martin's history. Mossflower though it introduces Martin it doesn't come close to filling in the back story in any coherent fashion. The only really entertaining bit of it is Tsarina's tantrums. She's portrayed wonderfully as a mad cat queen. ... Read more

    6. The Carrot Seed
    by Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson
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    Asin: 0694004928
    Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Sales Rank: 11299
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    When you are very young,
    there are some things that you just know....

    This treasured story of childhood faith
    rewarded is now avaliable in a board book
    edition for the youngest child.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars simple book about perseverance
    This simple, short book is about a boy who plants a carrot seed. Everyone tells him it will not grow, but he perseveres and in the end is vindicated. A nice (and important) lesson for children. Illustrations are by Crockett Johnson, the author's husband, who gave us the Harold and the Purple Crayon books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The granddaddy of all picture books in America
    In his essay "Ruth Krauss and Me," author Maurice Sendak says "that perfect picture book, The Carrot Seed, the granddaddy of all picture books in America, a small revolution of a book that permanently transformed the face of children's book publishing. The Carrot Seed, with not a word or a picture out of place, is dramatic, vivid, precise, concise in every detail. It springs fresh from the real world of children."

    This is a timeless classic that has been known and loved by children and parents for years.

    A young boy is told by his parents, competition and his big brother that his carrot will not grow. After a long time of pulling weeds, watering and patience the carrot finally grows, and it is huge.

    The author Ruth Krauss was born in 1901 is also the author of A Hole Is To Dig; I'll Be You and You Be Me; Charlotte and the White Horse; and many other childrens classics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Naysayers
    I do not feel the important lesson from this book is simple perserverance (as others have said). Nor do I feel it is about blind faith. The lesson I take from it is perseverance in the face of all the naysayers in life who would bring you down with them. Dare to dream big, work hard, and have faith in oneself in the face of adversity. This is the only children's book I have seen with such a theme.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sweet without being overwhelming
    When the New York Public Library announced its "100 Children's Picture Books Everyone Should Know" for 2003, I had never heard of "The Carrot Seed". It isn't as if the author and illustrator are unknown. After all, illustrator Crockett Johnson welded the pen that created "Harold's Purple Crayon". Yet the book recommended on this list is certainly one of his lesser known titles.

    "The Carrot Seed" is a simple story of a boy and his burgeoning carrot. Informed by his family members, one by one, that his carrot will not grow and that any actions to help it are useless, he ignores them bravely. Initially when I looked at this book I was certain that its protagonist sported a yarmulke. This is not the case. I believe it is more of a jaunty cap. The book itself is very straightforward, with accompanying pictures of relative simplicity. Additionally, the payoff at the end is sweet and funny, but not particularly unexpected. You're not going to find any real surprises in this book and, admittedly, I'm a little amazed that it's so well remembered. Much of its popularity stems, I'm sure, from the lesson learned. This is a book about the benefits of perseverance. If that's your cup of tea, so be it. But if you'd like to delve into some of Crockett's better works, check out "Harold's Purple Crayon" or his little known (but lovely) comic strip "Barnaby".

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book then, my favorite book now
    My parents gave me the paperback version of this book as a child many years ago (which I still have), and I recall reading it over and over and over during my formative years. My mom bought me the hardback version again when I graduated from high school. I am nearly 30 years old now, and I still gravitate toward the very simple yet profound message it teaches all of us: have a quiet childlike faith, trust, persist, persevere and you will be richly rewarded. Today, I run a $2.5 million a year professional organization, and we recently completed a large corporate visioning project for the next several years. I read Krauss' book at the close of the first phase of our vision meeting. My colleagues--with a cumulative total of nearly 75 years of professional business experience--spontaneously applauded at the end of the book, no joke! I also purchased several copies of the book to give to my team as a reminder of the core values it espouses--simple, yet profound values that will guide us and lead us to the next level. It is a book of timeless value that touches my heart each time I read it--and one that you, your child, your family, your peers, or your colleagues will treasure for years to come. Buy it and share it with others, if you haven't done so already. ... Read more

    7. My Pony
    by Susan Jeffers
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    Asin: 0786819952
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 2743
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    I want a pony. I want a pony more than anything in the world. At the heart of Susan Jeffers's exquisite picture book lies the idea that in her imagination, a child can journey anywhere and do anything-even fly through the stars on her very own pony. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book For Horse Lovers Of All Ages
    Beautiful illustrations and nice story too. Little girl in
    story longs for a horse. Gets one in her dreams. Author's
    own childhood desire for a horse was the inspiration for
    her artistic talent at drawing horses. She states that she
    now owns horses and tries to ride every day. Inspiring
    message for horse lovers. Never give up on dreams!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful, One I don't mind reading every night
    My Pony/horse obsessed 3 yr-old daughter received this on Christmas eve from her Aunt and just loves it. It is one of those books that is just mesmerizing to her. It has also been helpful in showing her that she can have "her pony" in her imagination as well. It is really a sweet tale that has already been described in detail so I will simply leave it at that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for horse lovers, young and old alike
    My Pony is a wonderfully enchanting story of a young girl's dream of having her own pony. Each night when the young girl is supposed to be doing her homework, she dreams of riding her pony. The pony, Silver, comes to life when the young girl draws the beautiful dapples and shiny coat. Together at last, the girl and Silver ride the clouds and visit a fantasy world.
    Susan Jeffers' latest story is beautifully illustrated and eloquently narrated. The words of the story combined with awesome illustrations seem to drip like honey off of the pages of this book. Jeffers' has done a spectacular job. This book is filled with whimsical fantasy allowing the reader to escape to a world filled with beauty and wonder.
    This book is told from the young girl's point of view and the reader will quickly become lost in the story. Even though this book is keyed to young girls, 'old girls' are sure to revel in it as well. This book would be highly recommended and considered a valuable addition to any children's library. The breathtaking illustrations, done in fine line pen and watercolor, make a significant contribution to be viewed as an example of art for children. ... Read more

    8. The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
    by Norton Juster
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    Asin: 1587170663
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
    Publisher: Seastar Books
    Sales Rank: 10352
    Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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    Once upon a time there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a beautiful dot. But the dot, though perfect in every way, only had eyes for a wild and unkempt squiggle. All of the line's romantic dreams were in vain, until he discovered . . . angles! Now, with newfound self-expression, he can be anything he wants to be--a square, a triangle, a parallelogram. . . . And that's just the beginning!

    First published in 1963 and made into an Academy Award-winning animated short film, here is a supremely witty love story with a twist that reveals profound truths about relationships--both human and mathematical--sure to tickle lovers of all ages. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book.
    This is a really clever story, and it is also an animation from the 60s. The story works on many levels, and also has that old fashioned element of trying to instill a value in you. The poor boring straight line decides that he is going to win the girl, no matter what, and then he develops into this genius. I guess the story is a version of the Ugly Duckling, but for adults. I have given it to a bunch of people and read it as a goodnight story to good (adult) friends.

    It reads fast, the illustrations are cute (very 60s), the characters are all people you recognize...

    5-0 out of 5 stars For all ages...
    I first read this book about thirty years ago and still chuckle when I page through its plum, black and white illustrations that underline an understated love story. A book for all ages -- the twenties, thirties, and forties. As a teacher I've shared this story with fifth graders, college students in creative writing classes, and foreign students learning the English language. However, I don't keep this 1963 edition around for my students. I keep it for the tongue in cheek wordplay and illustrative battle between the line and the squiggle for the deep affection of the dot. An age-old battle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Clever short
    I love this book. Its a smart educational book dealing with love and mathematics. Juster did a great job on this book. I could read it over and over again and never get tired of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift
    I bought this book for my husband for our first wedding anniversary (first is paper.) He loved it! A great story, wonderful drawings and just the right message. A great gift!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun
    I got this for my husband as an anniversary gift (first anniversary is paper.) He loved it!! Thought it was unique and fun. Great story & drawings. ... Read more

    9. Loamhedge (Redwall, Book 16)
    by Brian Jacques, David Elliot
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    Asin: 044101190X
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-07)
    Publisher: Ace
    Sales Rank: 2357
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    In this sixteenth Redwall adventure, Martha Braebuck, a younghare-maid, wheelchair bound since infancy, wonders about a mysterious old poem relating to the ancient abbey of Loamhedge--and whether it may hold the key to hercure. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Can It Get Any Better Then This?
    When it comes to story telling, that's what Brian Jacques does best. I have read four of his books, including 'Loamhedge,' and I love them! Now, back to the recent book. The adventure begins with Martha Braebuck, a haremaid that has been unable to walk since infancy. The fact that she may never walk bothers her, but she makes the best of it, until a dream from Martin the Warrior tells her that not all hope is lost, that the secret to her cure is in the abondoned abbey of Loamhedge. In the mean time, two old friends that used to live at Redwall, Sarobando the squirrel and Bragoon the otter, return to their home, and hearing about Martha's predicament and plan, they willingly offer to help, as long as three rebals, Horty, Martha's brother, Springald the mouse and Fenna the squirrel, don't go with them. And Lonna Bowstripe, a fearless badger that barely escaped death, is on a journey to end the evil life of Rage Bol, who is nearing the Abbey of Redwall. Full of songs, brave animals and a lesson that you don't have to carry a sword to fight back, Brian Jacques has created another masterpiece, and I can't wait for what's to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Adventure Packed Tale
    "Loamhedge" is another epic Redwall tale jam-packed with adventure and intrigue. The 16th book of the Redwall series is exciting from the very beginning. I have read all of the other Redwall books and every new book has been a little better than the last.

    There are two main characters whose lives are portrayed in the story. Lonna Bowstripe is a badger who has always been a wandering warrior. The other main character is Martha Braebuck, who is a young haremaid always searching for knowledge. Both Martha and Lonna have friends that help them in their adventures. Horty Braebuck (Martha's brother), Abbot Carrul (head of Redwall Abbey), Bragoon and Saro (two of Redwall's best warriors), and Toran (the otter cook) all guide and advise Martha throughout her life at Redwall. Lonna's friends are the Abruc Sea Otter Clan (who healed him from a terrible vermin attack), Garfo Trok (a river otter who gave him passage up the Mossflower River), and Figalok Twigbenda (who hid Lonna from a horde of Sea Rats).

    Brian Jacques incorporates two separate plot lines into his story. He begins his novel by introducing Lonna Bowstripe through a tragic experience. The Abruc Otter Clan find Lonna near the Sea Coast with a gashed face, lying on the ground next to a dead older badger. After being brought in and healed by the Clan, Lonna begins his adventures to avenge his close friend's death. The Clan tells Lonna that Raga Bol and his Sea Rat crew have come inland from the coast for the winter and he then vows to kill every last vermin including Raga Bol himself. Lonna sets off on his quest with the aid of the river otter, Garfo Trok.

    The foundation of Brian Jacques' second plot line is the life of Martha, the young haremaid. The reader is informed that Redwall Abbey is a peaceful fortress in Mossflower County that houses and protects all sorts of working woodland creatures. This Abbey is where Martha leads her life, bound to a wheelchair. Handicapped from birth, Martha often finds free time for reading and gaining knowledge. When Martha discovers that another abbey beast from ancient times, who shared the same condition as Martha, had figured out how to walk, the plot line is revealed. Horty, Fenna, Bragoon, and Saro all set out to find the lost abbey of Loamhedge where the cure for Martha has been supposedly recorded. This begins the adventure to Loamhedge.

    A main theme that appears often throughout the story is good triumphing over evil. Bragoon and Saro left Redwall as Dibbuns (young babes) to search for adventure. They become great warriors and fight vermin in Mossflower for a living. Whenever Bragoon and Saro fight they rarely shed blood. The reader sees them trick a fox and his filthy vermin crew out of their lunch and later save woodland creatures from ten score nasty vermin without a scratch. This theme is also evident in the actions of Lonna Bowstripe. Lonna saves Figalok and her squirrels from a terrible vermin threat that had been harassing the squirrel colony for their entire life. This theme is emphasized throughout the book.

    I encourage any Redwall enthusiasts to read this book and if one has not read a Redwall book yet, do it! You will not be sorry.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5
    I was really hoping when I had heard that this book was called "Loamhedge" that it was more about the long-lost abbey. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed that it was merely about a journey to the ruins and not a story about it. I had been hoping for some more history of the beginnings of Redwall. Still, the book, like all of Jacques works, is filled with adventure and intrigue, happiness and sadness, danger and more. I proudly add this book to my collection!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
    Fans of Brian Jacques should be delighted with this latest installment of the Redwall series. As in the fifteen books preceding, LOAMHEDGE is full of mystery, adventure, romance, tragedy, and a myriad of characters we care about. In this book we are introduced to the wheelchair-bound hare named Martha Braebuck. More than anything, Martha would love to walk again, and this possibility comes to her through a vision/dream in which Martin the Warrior gives her some hints concerning the old abbey. If she can uncover these secrets, Martha should be able to lead a normal life.

    When she shares her vision with other folks at the Abbey, they all work together to turn this miracle into a reality. This "quest" is helped along by the zany and loving characters of Braggon the otter and Sarobando the squirrel, best friends and former pranksters of the abbey who have been on their own world adventures and are ready and willing for yet another.

    As always there are many layers to these stories, as interesting little characters weave in and out, creating subplots and more adventures. They include Martha's mischievous brother Horty --- who runs off with Sarobando and Braggon to help his sister, the evil searat Raga Bol (who holds the abbey under siege) --- and of course, all the fun "Redwallers" who are part of the colorful tapestry of the Redwall series.

    Jacques's ability to create these wonderful personalities, evil and good, from animals is the height of skilled anthropomorphic writing. He has a huge following with a web site that is visited by many fans around the world ( Outstanding artists lend these books an even greater depth --- all the covers are beautifully done, including this one with Troy Howell's beautiful painting. Charming ink drawings by David Elliot introduce each chapter and are also often featured on the web site.

    Even if you have never read any books in this series before, you will still enjoy this latest addition to Redwall.

    --- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts (...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Swabuclikng good tv
    The amazing squel to Triss, and Taggerung. The Badger Lona Bula striop is on revenge. Against the evil Rag Bolag. A yuong hare Martha send two redwaller to Loamhedge to figure out the secret. That will allow here to walk.

    When she was younger she was parlyzed due to Trama. Latter when the abott was in danger she got the ability to walk so she could save there abott.

    If you like this book red the other 15 books in the series. ... Read more

    10. Triss (Redwall, Book 15)
    by Brian Jacques, David Elliot
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    Asin: 0441010954
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 4612
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    In this 15th Redwall adventure, the brave squirrelmaid Triss plans a daring escape from the enslavement of the evil ferret King Agarnu and his daughter Princess Kurda. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars New Redwall Book Sure to be a Hit
    Triss, the 15th book in the amazing Redwall series is a sure hit for all ages! Once again Jacques has created a whole score of new and interesting characters for the story, as well as new and terrifying enemies for the creatures of Redwall Abbey. His amazing descriptions of beasts will make your heart pound with fear or excitement, and the good characters are lovable enough to make you cry.
    The book starts with the lives of Triss, Shogg, and Welfo, three young slaves working at Riftgard, an island inhabited by searats and ruled by a family of Pure White Ferrets. They hatch a daring plan to escape, and flee the island forever. As they sail away, Triss promises one day to return and free all the slaves.
    At the same time a young badger Sagax and his friend the hare Scarum leave Salamandastron with the otter Kroova looking for adventure.
    It gets even more exciting when Kurda the ferret princess, asks for the Freebooters (a scurvy crew of searats) for help. They set sail to capture and kill the runaway slaves.
    Meanwhile deep in Mossflower, two Dibbuns come across the most ancient Badger Lord hall... Brockhall. The plot twists and turns, and with the help of other good creatures the characters come together for an epic and final battle for Redwall and for freedom from the vermin forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is something I know you'll enjoy!
    I always loved Redwall books and have read pretty much of them, so I've got to admit that they are getting a tiny bit boring for me. I was thinking of putting this book for four stars since this book was a little bit like "Martin the Warrior" (which is about slaves who escape an island ruled by vermin and promises to return to free the others), but the action, excitment, humor, and poems made me think, "Oh well, I loved this book anyway!"

    Here's the Story:

    Triss is a young brave squirrel who is enslaved with many other slaves on the island of Riftgard, which is ruled by the evil King Agarnu and his son and daughter Prince Bladd and the sadistic Princess Kurda. Triss and her otter and hedgehog friend Shogg and Welfo are determined to leave the terrible island and to return to free the other wretched slaves...and to slay the Pure Ferrets to end the evil for once and for all!

    Meanwhile, two Dibbuns from Redwall Abbey have wandered off and gone missing in the Mossflower Woods. As they are found about a day later during a storm by Skipper of Otters and Log-a-Log the Chieftain of Shrews, the Dibbuns tell the elders that they had found an oak tree which provided them shelter. The oak tree had a cunningly hidden door, they said and the older Abbey creatures realize that the babies had found the mysterious Brockhall! They decide to find the place. (here's where most of the poems, songs, and RIDDLES comes out!) But some evil beast (or beasts?) are living there and they are determined to defend their home...

    At the great moutain of Salamandastron, the stronghold of badgers and hares, the young badger Sagax and his gluttonous hare friend Scarum have runaway from endless chores and from the stern paw of their parents. Meeting their otter friend Kroova, they both sail out into the sea, planning to go to Redwall where food and safety was. (Scarum is pretty happy about the food!)

    All paths and purposes of the three main runaways are different, but of course, they all cross at the famous Redwall Abbey!

    I thought that this book had all that a book needed: Excitement, suspense, humor, and lots of action! All 402 pages of it would keep you intrigued, although around the middle part it gets a bit slow. I thought that bantering with the Freebooters and Princess Kurda was in a way kind of funny! Scarum is, like all hares, totally exasperating and has that usual 'British accent, wot wot?' I'm sure anyone would enjoy reading "Triss"! My other favorite Redwall books I recommend are:

    "Lord Brocktree"
    "Martin the Warrior"

    Of course, other Redwall books are cool too, but these are my favorites!

    4-0 out of 5 stars WOT WOT! and all that jazz
    Evil. Princess Kurda is a one of the most evil known. She has grown tired of using vegetables to practice her sword fighting on. Now she wants to use the slaves that are rebellious to practice her sword fighting moves.
    Triss is the last book in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. It is the 16th book in that series. The characters in this book are all different. The villains are cruel and pitiless and the heroes are brave and courageous. This book has all kinds of different things in it. It has sword fighting, friends, enemies, attacks, captures and much more. The adventures in this series and book are interesting and they show all of the characters points of view in a story. They all have their own personalities. This makes the story a lot more enjoyable to read.
    All of the characters in the Redwall Series are animals. My favorite animal out of all of the characters is the hare. They always say "Wot wot!" and "flipin" and "blinkin." The hares always make me laugh because they eat enormous amounts of food and then say it was a "little morsel of scoff". These books are hilarious and exciting at the same time. Brian Jacques is one of my favorite authors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Jacques' Best!
    What more can I say about this wonderful novel? It's got an intriging plot, has wonderfully colorful characters (including Triss and Princess Kurda) who are fully developed unlike some other novels whose dry, dull descriptions leave you wishing you had never opened it. I simply love this book and would also recommend "Les Miserables" for any of the Redwall fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great ! Brian Jacques does it again
    Brian Jacques has to be one of my favorite authors for good reason. This is another Fabulous book in the redwall series it displays all of his usual charm and witty songs. I love the new Hare Character and all of the wonderful new additions to redwall abbey. I cant wait to read his next book. I was totally impresssed. ... Read more

    11. Salamandastron (Redwall, Book 5)
    by Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
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    Asin: 0142501522
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: E P Dutton Audio
    Sales Rank: 183601
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Worse still, Mara, beloved daughter of Urthstripe, Badger Lord of the Fire Mountain, is in terrible danger. Then a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, and young Samkin embarks on an adventure that leads him to Mara. Can the good creatures triumph over the villainous Assassin?

    Illustrated by Gary Chalk
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it!!!
    I had heard a few people talk about this Redwall series but I'm not usually to easy to please. After the first few pages I could tell this was not just another volume in any old fantasy series. This was awesome!I mean, any book that can make you believe and care about rodents in an abbey in the middle of nowhere has got to be something special. This was the most vivid, descriptive, engrossing book I had ever read. It was finished in short order. Needless to say, I now buy every Redwall book that comes out.The feasts, the battles, and especially the characters just leapt right out at me. I told a few of my friends about this amazing series and I can't think of a one who wasn't hooked. This was the only literary universe I had ever found myself wanting to escape to. The school library had multiple reservations on every book available! If that's not reason for praise, then I'm not sure what is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Salamandastron
    Salamandastron is the story of a fever spreading through Redwall Abbey. Two Redwallers, Thrugg and Dumble, must go north to the mountains to find the flowers of Icetor to make the medicine to stop it. At the mountain fortess of Salamandastron the badger lord, Uthstripe the strong, and his warrior rabbits called the Long Patrol fight off the villianous weasel, Ferhago the Assassin, and his evil horde. Meanwhile, Samkin and Arula of Redwall look for the sword of Martin the Warrior as Mara and Pikkle try to make it back to Salamandastron and the four strangely join. I liked this book because it makes me not want to stop reading and anxious for the next book in the series. Something exciting happened on every page. Salamandastron would be the perfect book for someone who likes action or adventure books. It would also be great for someone who has a good imagination. If you like this book you would like all the other books in the Redwall series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Out of all the Redwall books this one is one of my favorites. The mystery sourrounding the two badger cubs at the begginning adds a new twist to the already mysterious Salamandastron. I foind that Mara's path and Samkin's path are meant to be intersected always.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Rachel from Richview Middle School
    At the beginning of the book the king or lord Ustripe the strong, who gets a warning that the wolves are coming and he didn't believe it was true until the molemaid told him it was true. Them two had known each other for along time and he always trusted her. So once he found out it was true he paini then he thought about the knight . I loved this book.Normally I like funny books, but even though it wasn't funny,I would read it again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best One in the Series
    This was definitely my favorite of all Redwall books. I love the regality of the badger lords, and the playful toughness of the Long Patrol. Ferahgo the Assassin is one of the best villains ever - he is not just "bad," but devious, cunning, intelligent, and extremely appealing. This was the first one I read and the best of the bunch. ... Read more

    12. Outcast of Redwall (Redwall, Book 8)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0441004164
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 2739
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    When ferret Swartt Sixclaw and his arch enemy Sunflash the Maceswear a pledge of death upon each other, a young creature is cruellybanished from the safety of Redwall. As he grows, he seeks revenge onthe people of Redwall and finds himself embroiled in a hostile battlewith far-reaching consequences.

    An epic tale of Redwall from the pen of master storyteller BrianJacques, Outcast of Redwall is a kaleidoscope of color, range,and emotions that culminates in a bitter contest between good and evil.None of the passion of the earlier Redwall titles is lost, as some ofthe most cherished landscapes and best-loved characters from previousbooks are revisited, with a wisdom and clarity that has developed andendured.

    On a basic level, this is a marvelous fantasy adventure story. Lookdeeper and you will find that Outcast of Redwall, along with theother titles in the series, has a divine, enduring quality that ranksit among he best in children's literature. --Susan Harrison ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Tale of Good and Evil with a Twist
    The book is good reading and the plot is action-packed with characters that are well developed and imaginative. Of the main characters Sunflash the Mace, my favorite, is a powerful leader of good. Swartt Sixclaw is the vengeful force of evil in the story, and his son Veil Sixclaw is the outcast referred to in the title. Veil, who was abandoned as an infant, has been raised at Redwall Abbey by the kind mouse maid Bryony. Veil is a combination of good and evil and is a mystery throughout the story. His wicked behavior causes him to be thrown out of Redwall. As a result, Veil struggles with his emotions and the difficult choices he must ultimately make. In the end, Veil surprises the reader with his uncommon act of heroism. The author, Brian Jaques, grabs the reader's interest by including in the story the elements of war, love, violence, evil and friendship. I really liked this book and think that it should be read by anyone who enjoys action stories and just plain good reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Outcast Of Redwall By:Brian Jacques
    The camp came to life instantly. Two vermin fell under the club as the badger threw himself at Swartt. Before the ferret had half drawn his sword, the badger's club thudded hard against his foe's six-clawed paw. Swartt screeched and fell back injured, yelling to his creatures, "Stop him! Kill him!"

    This is just one of the many action-packed scenes from The Outcast of Redwall. The author, Brian Jacques, puts up a compelling performance in this novel. It is an epic story with a great mix of action, adventure, and drama. It is a long book, over 300 pages, but is worth the time and effort to read it.
    There are many characters in The Outcast of Redwall, but I'm going to limit them to just the main characters. First, there is Swarrt Sixclaw. He is very cruel and ruthless. He commands a large army. Then there is Veil, who is also pretty cruel, but not as ruthless. He gets kicked out of Redwall. There is also Sunflash, who is a Badgerlord. He is Swartt's archenemy. He is the protagonist. Finally, there is Skarlath. He is Sunflash's best friend. Skarlath is usually the wiser between himself and Sunflash. He is also usually a lookout: as he is a kestrel (a bird of prey).
    Basically, the story is about a Badger Lord named Sunflash and a ferret warlord named Swartt. Swartt and Sunflash are archenemies. Later on in the story Swartt has a son named Veil, who gets taken in by the creatures of Redwall Abby (a great abby made of red sandstone). He commits a terrible crime and gets cast out (hence the title The Outcast of Redwall). Swartt, Veil, and Sunflash end up meeting, and one final battle takes place. But... you'll have to read the rest to find out!
    In the end you learn that there is good in everyone, and that it doesn't matter what someone acts like or looks like because they still can be good at times. Also, it doesn't matter whether you are the son/daughter to a dishonest, deceitful, or a cruel person; you can still be a courteous, kind, and a friendly person.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outcast of Redwall
    Veil, a ferret in Brian Jacques's book Outcast of Redwall, is raised in Redwall. Son of a warlord and a vermin, he doesn't listen to the advice of his elders and caretakers but leads a life full of mischief. When he is thrown out of the abbey, Bryony, his adopted mother/friend/advisor, goes after him. She still believes there is still some good in him. Is there?
    Sunflash and Skarlath had been friends since they were very young. They were true friends, warning each other of danger and helping each other in times of need. Would it always be like that?
    This book is a great book about having faith in others and being a good friend. I like it because it is one of the typical Redwall books with badgers, otters, squirrels, mice, and hares, but it's different than all the rest because in not one of the other ones has a vermin, in this case a ferret, been raised in Redwall. I like that uniqueness about this book. I also like how it shows that even if someone has been bad all their life, they can still do good things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outcast of Redwall
    I think Outcast of redwall is the best book in the redwall series. All the characters are really intresting(especially Veil). Its got lots of action, is really funny, it has lots of different and intresting animals, it is very exciting, has lots of funny songs, hard riddles to solve, great food, intresting words, lots of different forts and castles,each type of animal has its own accent and personality.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Book 8 rocks
    A excellent story about good versus evil. A theme that looks can be decieving. Just because some and looks and acts bad doe not mean there is evil inside of him.

    Sun Flash the Mace the Badger has sworn to slay the Evil Swart six claw. To protect Salmastron and Mossflower from the Evil Swart six claw.

    It called out cast of Redwall because Swart the Fert has a soon who he abadoms on the battle field. He is addopted by the Redwaller. He is hate by must the people he is seen as evil does many bad thing. The only person who respect him is the Grand daugther of Gonf. Yes Gonf from Mossflower and Legend of Luke.

    Year go bye Swart is now and Adult so is sun Flash and he is big and he is a big buff badger. I mean it when Jacques wrote this series he decide to Make the young and middle age badger adnormal strong.

    Viel at the end of book two is exiled from Redwall from posioning one of the creatures living in the abbey. He goes and is filled with angry and rage. ... Read more

    13. Marlfox (Redwall, Book 11)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0441006930
    Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 2827
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    For this enchanting novel Brian Jacques has brought to bear theexperience of his eventful and adventuresome life, a life which hastaken him all over the world and seen him variously described as folksinger, playwright, and broadcaster. No doubt his usual writingenvironment--garden in summer, conservatory in winter--provides himwith the ideal theater for observing the wildlife on which the book'sunusual central characters are based.

    It is, perhaps, appropriate that the story line revolves around thetheft of the famous Redwall Tapestry, for Marlfox is a richlywoven tapestry, skillfully running together threads of the magical andmythical with the "natural world," to give its audience a heady blendof fairy tale and medieval adventure. The result is a tale of grandthemes and conflicting human passions played out against a backdrop ofhumor and uncertainty; yet the author manages never to lose sight ofthe reality of life as experienced by the human and animal kingdomsalike.

    Young readers will gorge themselves on this literary feast, a spreadworthy of comparison to other classics in this vein such as TheHobbit, Duncton Wood, The Mythical Knights of the RoundTable, and the stories of C.S. Lewis. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read by Brian Jaques
    Following in the tradition of his previous books Brian Jaques starts off this delightful adventure with a whole knew set of characters. The part that Brian readers will most enjoy is the connection between this book and the other books, allowing the reader to travel along with characters in their adventures. The apperance of the Marlfoxes brings in a mystery and gives the experianced Redwall reader a chance to quess to how they began. At the first introduction of these creatures I began to wish for a history on these fine characters. I sincerely hope thatt Jaques gives us a book compiling the Marlfox history. The one low point in the book was the carelessness of the abbey dwellers toward their children. They seem to be unconcerned with the younger ones(dibbuns), although this may be put in because of the days of peace that everyone at Redwall Abbey has experianced. Overall I recommend this to all Redwall fans as a way to explore farther into Mossflower. For those starting out on the series though I would suggest an earlier book that gives more background into the tale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Adventure with Friends
    In Marlfox Brian Jacques takes you to peaceful Red Wall Abby. Until the pure evil Marlfoxes come to plunder the abbey. The humble Redwallers must learn new fighting skills to defend the abbey from the Marlfoxes and their army of water rats. The Marlfoxes steal something of great value to the Redwallers and 3 young Redwallers set of to reclaim it and restore it to its rightful place in Red Wall Abby. In the beginning of Marlfox, Brian Jacques's 11th book in the Red Wall series, the story starts off in Mossflower wood. The Swifty family of nomadic squirrels encounter the two marlfoxes magical, evil ax wielding foxes, Ascord and his sister Vinam. The two marlfoxes try to capture Jangler Swifty's daughter, Songbreas (Song for short) to take back to there mother and Queen Sith who must be surrounded by beauty at all times. But they can outfight Jangler Swifty and both end up injured. Later that day the Swiftys arrive at RedWall Abbey to warn the Redwallers of the dangerous Marlfoxes. They find a small band of actors there that encountered the Marlfoxes too. The Marlfoxes and their Water Rat allies try to plunder the abbey but the Redwallers hold them off in a gruesome battle. One marlfox slips in to the abbey with four water rats and steal the magnificent tapestry of Martian the worrier and take it back to the castle Marl on the hidden lake. Four young Redwallers set of to reclaim the stolen tapestry. The four companions made many new friends, allies and even three enemies. One important friend is Mighty Megraw, an osprey (a fish eating hawk). And Song finds her long lost grandfather living with some hedgehogs. Mighty Metegrew, song's grandfather and his hedgehog friends help Dann, Song, Deppler, and Burble free the slaves and restore the tapestry back at Red Wall. I loved this book because it has funny moments. It is also action packed. It shows what friends are for. If I had to rate this book on a one to ten scale it would be a ten. I strongly encourage you to read Marlfox.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Michael ...
    The summerization of this bok can be explained in different ways. At the beginning it tells about different groups of characters encountering different bad guys, which are all marlfoxes. Six marlfoxes, two each go out and meet three groups of animals. All of the good guys go to Redwall to warn the villagers that marlfoxes are among the Mossflower Woods. They all meet up at Redwall and team up against the marlfoxes that try to steal the tapestry of Redwall. One by one good guys and bad guys are killed and murdered at Redwall. The marlfoxes steal the tapestry, and the smartest, slyest marlfox, Mokkan, steals it from the other marlfoxes. After that four young warriors from Redwall go out to retrieve it. Meeting many friends along the way, the four young warriors travel to the Island of Marl. This is where the marlfox Queen Silth lives, later on to be Queen Lantur because of Silth's death.
    With help the four young warriors get to the island and free some of the slaves. The slaves help to fight the guards on the island. Three of the four warriors go to the king's room to take back the tapestry. The escaping marlfox, Mokkan, is later strangled and drowned by one of the slaves. In the end the four young warriors become leaders of their groups or tribes.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Marlfox
    Marlfox is a rather good story, but it isn't one of Brian Jacques' best. Redwall has no leaders except Cregga Rose Eyes, who refuses to be an Abbess, and the cellarkeeper from The Long Patrol is still alive, Gurrbowl. How that is possible I do not know unless moles live forever. Also the adventuring part is quite boring and the White Ghost part is a bit ridiculous.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best book out of the previous 10
    This is a very good book. I got hooked on it right from the very first page and couldn't wait to find out what would happen. This eleventh installment of the Redwall series is one for the ages. You should hurry and read this book. I think you'd enjoy it. ... Read more

    14. The Long Patrol (Redwall, Book 10)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0441005993
    Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
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    Sales Rank: 2870
    Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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    As young Tammo dreams of joining the Long Patrol--the legendaryarmy of fighting hares that serves the Lady Cregga Rose Eyes, Ruler ofSalamandastron--the brutal reality of a battle with Damug Warfang'smighty battalion of savage Rapscallions fast approaches.

    Brian Jacques has proved time and time again his ability to transportreaders into a world of fantasy and adventure that many writers ofadult books would love to emulate. The Long Patrol certainlyproves the point yet again, but distinguishes itself by being perhapsthe very best of all the Redwall books so far. Relying less and less onthe old, familiar Redwall characters and more and more on the ingenuityand passion of younger blood, The Long Patrol will certainly winJacques a fresh following while continuing to delight his existing armyof fans. --Susan Harrison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Jacques best! A great addition to the Redwall Series
    In this, the tenth book in the Redwall series, a young hare named Tammello De Fformelo Tussock (Tammo for short) leaves home to find adventure in the famous Long Patrol. During his travels with the squirrel, Russa Nodrey, he joins the famous hares in a desparate mission to save the Abbey of Redwall from a yet another vermin horde threatening the peaceful woodland creatures. However, this time there's a glitch in Jacques usual pattern: The south wall is falling down. Jacques again uses his masterful recipe for excelent and fantastic storytelling to create one of the best in the series yet. With "Pearls of Lutra," Jacques finally created a sequel to his best, Mattimeo. This sequel to "Pearls of Lutra" is well worth reading, more than once. Brian Jacques is easily one of the greatest story tellers, and the greatest English fantasy writer since Tolken.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ok good book
    This book is about a hare named Tammo. He wanted to be in a group of highly praised hares called the Long Patrol. The long patrol is a bunch of skilled hares that defend a huge mountain called Salamandastron; this is also where they live. A squirrel named Russa Nordry is taking Tammo to be in the Long Patrol. He gets with the Long Patrol and there is only a small group of them. They are going to Redwall abbey to help them from the big army come to the abbey. The abbey is full of peace-loving creatures such as; mice otters, and moles. Before the war the abbey has gone through problems. To find out more and what happens to Redwall, read the book.
    Some things I liked about the book were that it had a lot of action and action and suspense throughout the whole book, especially at the last battle at the end of the book. Many events take place during it making it a very suspenseful book. There is many more things I liked about this book, but I can't tell you all of them.
    Some bad things about the book are: it's only a type of book for people who like war. It also took a long time to pick up. There was barely any action at first, but when it picked up it got really good.
    This is a good book and I recommend it to people who like suspense, war, and action.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Long Patrol Rules
    Tammo is a young hare who has ambitions to join the regal ranks of the Long Patrol, a battalion who defends the area from thieves and bandits. One of these bandits is Damug Warfang, leader of the Rapscallions, and almighty enemy of the leader of the Long Patrol, Cregga Rose Eyes. Unknowingly, the combined efforts of these two characters is the only way to defeat the massive force of the evil Rapscallions, but what sacrifices must be made to achieve this goal?

    Once again Brian Jacques shows his writing skills with a addititon to his great Redwall series. The Long Patrol is a awesome novel which places animals in the roles of people, but still consumes you in a heart felt and powerful story. With humor, drama, and love, The Long Patrol can set its place as a classic novel in the heart of all its readers. This book will entertain you in all aspects and keep you occupied for hours. If your up for a good book, this is a good one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jolly good!
    I love the Redwall series, and I mean that I love every book in it. This one, however, is my favorite. I think that the hares are my favorite group of characaters in Jacques' books and since this book centered around the elite fighting unit known as The Long Patrol, it makes sense that this is my favorite. You can't help but fall in love with Tammo and Russa as they make their way to Redwall and it's famed fare. And Damug Warfang is one of those villains that you just love to hate. Redwall fan or not, this book is totally great!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Move over Watership down
    This action pack book is the squeel to Mattimeo and Pearls of Lutra and Red Wall. A young rabit runs away from home to join the Long Patrol. They engage in epic battles aganist the evil Raspcallian army. The main villian is not as well protrayed as the others were.

    Your favorite charactes such as the Guosim return. No abbey warrior in this one that has a large roll. Martin of Redwall is now dead. Rollo is no longer the recorder.

    A good with lots of swash buckling. I you like adventure I suggest you read this and the other 15 books in the series. ... Read more

    15. Finn Family Moomintroll
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    Asin: 0374423075
    Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Sales Rank: 18153
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    The Moomins, creatures always ready for adventure, find a magical hat that can change anything-or anyone-into something else!
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finn Family Dada
    These books are nuts!!! Moomins! Fillyjonks! Grokes! It's insanity! How could a single mind invent such hallucinatory fantasy and still keep their sanity (relatively) intact?? The mind boggles.
    I am 29 years old and into a wide variety of weird and wonderful pop culture and I would definitely place the works of Tove Jansson in the same class as Genet,Burroughs,Bugakov and Tolkien. No joke!
    To explain them to the uninitiated, I would say something like...imagine a Winnie the Pooh novel composed by Dali...then double the level of surrealism! Convinced??
    Finn Family Moonintroll is probably the best, narrowly beating out Comet in Moominland, a close second. In this story, Moomintroll and his friends find a magic hat which brings them all sorts of mischief and absurdity. I think I first read this thing in 1982 and it just about haunted my every waking moment. The Moomin series are books that are NOT just for the kids to enjoy. Adults with a vivid imagination would ravenously lap this sort of thing up and beg for more.
    Forget Harry Potter kiddies! This is where it's at!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of a Great Series
    So far there have been eight Moomin books translated ino English. All are splendid. I don't want to draw comparisons, because they are all so good, and each in a different way, but the last two are perhaps the best - all are very definitely five star. They tell of the adventures of a family of little trolls in, mainly the forests of Finland but other places as well, including fairgrounds, theatres, and uninhabited islands, along with all sorts of other strange creatures such as hattifattners, fillyjonks, hemulens and astronomers. A perfect blend of adventure and domestic warmth, evoked by an endlessly original and imaginative writer, who knows "The Usefulness of Everything," in a world slightly - not too much - transmogrified but still recognisable

    Full of warmth, wit, wisdom and delight. They should probaby be read in order as the characters become more complicated as time goes on, but Finn Family Moomintroll is a great place to start. The pictures (author Tove Jansson was also a professional illustrator and stage designer) are the perfect compliment to the stories. If you don't know them, buy them and your lives will be richer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finn Family Moomintroll

    Finn Family Moomintroll
    Tove Jasson Published: Farrar Startus & Giroux, September 1990

    If you're looking for a great series that won't let you put it down untill you're finished, you want the Moomintrolls! This book is one of them out of the series. It is a fantasy book with wild creatures. Its when Moomintroll and his friends go up to Lonely Mountain that they find a hat! A very black hat that they decide would look fabulous on Moominpappa. This Hat takes them through many adventures, and those adventures take them to more! At one point in the book Moomintroll meets two little friends that make him be a judge for a trail against a funny mysterious creature. This book is a very unthinkable book!!

    In Finn Family Moomintroll the characters are wild. Some are Moomintroll, Moominmamma, Moominpappa, Sniff, Snufkin, Snorkmaiden, Snork, Hob Goblin, Muskrat, Hemline, Thingumy and Bob and many more. Moomintroll is the main character he is white and looks kind of like a hippo that stands on two legs with no big teeth and a long tail with fur at the end of it. His Best friend Snufkin is also a main characters at times when I say times that means he travels a lot, and is mean a lot. He's never at one place for too long. The only things he has is his mouth organ his very big t-shirt and his hat. Snorkmaiden also plays a part in this funny book. She is a Moon, well sorta, she turns different colors when ever she's feeling a feeling and wears a beautiful gold bracelet also. Moomintroll has a slight crush on her. Moominmamma and Moominpappa are s parents they are always there when something goes wrong and the funny thing is everyday Moomintroll goes on an adventure and his parents say be back by tomorrow morning. If you want to know more about the characters read the book for yourself!

    I defiantly recommend this book if you like fantasy . I would rate this book on a scale of one to ten a 100. It really catches your eye and is a book that just gives different feeling you might even be up reading it the whole night, which was the case with me. I truly think if you haven't read the Moomintrolls you're really missing out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars every child should get to know the Moomins!
    My sister read these books as a child, and then when we grew up and I got into the children's book business, I got her a set, and she loved them just as much now as then. When she had a bad day at work, she would go home and cheer herself up by reading about the Moomins and their friends--but even with her enthusiasm for the books, it took me another year or two to get a set for my son. When we started reading them together, we were both entranced by the inhabitants of Moominvalley--they're charming, funny, witty, entertaining, and lovable, all in very unique ways. Other reviewers have compared the Moomins to the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings series--but they're only similar in the sense that they're fantasy. There's no allegory or deeper meaning here--just characters unlike any you've met before interacting in ways that are disarmingly human. This review applies to the whole series (although my son read Moominsummer Madness without me, so I haven't read that one, and we weren't quite as fond of Tales from Moominvalley).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outlandishly Enchanting
    Like some of the previous reviewers, I grew up in Japan and enjoyed the 70's hit TV anime series (they later re-made them in the 90s to be truer to the original books, I believe) and later read all the books voraciously. The series captivates its readers much like the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter books do; by totally drawing them into its unique and marvellously rich world, a world that is somehow fanciful yet credible.

    Now that I have a 7-year-old boy of my own, I enjoy reading them aloud to him. We burst out laughing every time Sniff says something self-serving, get the shivers when we see a picture of the Groke (I was truly scared of her when I was a child), wonder what in the world the mysterious Hattifatteners are up to, and marvel at how everything comes together in the end of each story. The author has a true gift for weaving fantastical creatures, objects and situations together to create a solid, almost palpable world. Finn Family Moomintroll is probably the best introduction to the Moomin Family, and a great book to read by yourself, to give to that special child in your life, or better yet, to share with him/her by reading it aloud. ... Read more

    16. The Legend of Luke (Redwall, Book 12)
    by Brian Jacques, Fangorn
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    Asin: 0441007732
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 3004
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A young hedgehog maid visits Redwall Abbey and sings a half-remembered song recounting the adventures of a warrior called Luke.This chance meeting begins a tale of two quests: that of a son to find his father and that of a father to avenge the murder of his beloved wife.

    The son is Martin the Warrior, founder of Redwall, who sets forth from the Abbey seeking the truth about the father he barely knew.His journey takes him home to the northland shore, meeting friends and enemies, old and new, and leading him to an extraordinary shipwreck.The wreck, the Arfship, is home to three ancient, veteran warriors who have in their possession a dusty old volume.Inside is the story of Martin's early life and the dramatic account of his father Luke's pursuit of his hated enemy, the pirate stoat, Vilu Daskar.

    Brian Jacques' skillful narrative is told in three parts, interweaving the stories of father and son. Addressing some of the mysteries behind the Abbey's early years, this book provides answers that no Redwall fan will want to miss.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have title for all ages!
    I've been a big fan of the Redwall series for about 5-6 years now, and I've loved every installment in the series, and I can say The Legend of Luke is my personal favorite. I've read every Redwall book in the series at least 6 times each, and I can't wait until the next installment, ~Triss~, hits stores. Okay, here is how the book works out :). The book takes place way way way WAY in the past of the Redwall timeline, to the season where the construction of the abbey known as Redwall is near complete. There, Martin the Warrior is told of a strange tale about his father by a travelling hedgehog. The tale sticks to his mind, until he finally decides to head out and discover his father Luke's true fate. He leaves with Gonff, Foremole, and a few other companions, and encounter many friends and foes along the way. Finally, in the lands to the far north where Martin and Luke's clan hailed from, they discovered the remains of a giant red slave ship imbedded between two giant stone pillars. What awaits Martin and friends there???? Read the rest of the book to find out! :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the beast Redwall Books Ever Written!
    I urge you to buy this book. I have read nearly all of the Redwall series, and this is by far one of the best. The Story starts with Martin, the son of luke, and his friends Dinny the mole and Gonff, prince of mousethieves. He picks up a few more party members, but i'll let you find those out for yourself. After Martins fight with an evil wildcat in the book Mossflower, Martin lost almost all of his memory. So martin ventures out in search of his past and what happened to his Father, Luke the Warrior. Half of the story is Martin and his friends trekking through Mossflower to the northern shore caves. The other half starts right when martins father leaves him in search of an evil searat, that killed his wife. The story is sad and almost made me cry and the end. Various plot twists make this book hard to let go of. So just go buy it already! CAUTION! Buying this book may make you go Redwall Crazy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    I really liked this book. Trimp the Rover hedgehog goes to Redwall Abbey. It's under construction. She helps build by singing a hauling shanty about Martin's father, Luke. Martin becomes depressed, so Gonff, Dinny, and Trimp take him on an adventure.
    My favorite part is the song about Saint Ninian's.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A swash buclikng good tale
    This is the 12 book in the red wal series. It is the prequel and sequel to mossflower. In legend of Luke Martin the Warrior, Gonf and Young Dinny go on a quest to find out what happens to martins fateher luke.

    In it we learn that luke Died shortly after kiling the Vile Dark star a vile vermin corsair who murder his wife. For those of you who read Martin the Warrior you know what becomes of Martin after his father leaves him behind.

    Log a log is back so is delight ful Fedd and Cogs sweet old Bell of Brochhall is back to. If you like this book I also recomennd Mossflower and Martin the Warrior for the are the only other books that martin is in that is a Major character. Tell redwall encyloped that there source of books that Martin is in accurate. Sir he is dead and nimare character in the other but he should still be on the list.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Live the tale or read the story
    This Redwall book was different from the rest. A big chunk of the story is a tale being told. Also there is no regular villan to fight. This is one of the better Redwall books because it has less fighting but more action and suspense. I especially liked when they first met Folgrim. He looked weak but he killed two rats in the blink of an eye.
    The book started with Martin living at Redwall. He takes a trip to the North shore. He leaves with some close friends. They find a band of weasels that are going to cook a squirrel. Once they free the squirrel, they find out his name is Chugger. His grandmother died one day so he went out on his own. They soon find shrews and an otter name Folgrim. Once at North shore, they take a ship to the tall rocks. There they find part of Luke's crew. One tells the story about Luke.
    You must read Martin the warrior first. This was another great book from Brian Jaques and an awesome book from Redwall. ... Read more

    17. Lord Brocktree (Redwall, Book 13)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0441008720
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 5061
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    The bestselling Redwall series has gained new fans through the beautifully animated series that began airing nationwide on public television in April. . . and now the adventure continues.

    The mighty badger warrior Lord Brocktree-with the help of the spirited young haremaid Dotti-must reclaim the mountain land of Salamandastron from the army of a villainous wildcat . . .

    "Completely drawn and full of surprises as the complex subplots. [Jacques] is an old-fashioned storyteller. His tale is layered and detailed-and it twists as tightly as the winding corridors and hidden passages of Salamandastron, until readers are completely immersed in his world." (The Cincinnati Enquirer)

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Big Badger vs. Blue Vermin and Ambitious Wildcat
    What would you say if you were face to face with thousands upon thousands of weasels and stoats dyed blue? What if you were a hare and all you could think about in times of trauma was your stomach? What if you saw a badger tromping over miles and miles of forest and field with a double-hilted sword? Lord Brocktree gives you the full effect of all these situations. A wonderful adventure story, this is one of Brian Jacques's best! If you have read any of the Redwall books(assuming you have, if you searched this book), you will expect comedy from the hares, moles, and other logical yet silly creatures. The hare sense of humor is at its best in Lord Brocktree. This book is about a badger lord seeking out Salamandastron to begin his reign there. On his quest, a chorus of hares, moles, hedgehogs, and otters join Brocktree in his quest for Salamandastron. But before Brocktree makes his home in the mountain, he must conquer the Blue Hordes and the self-proclaimed ruler of the world, Ungatt Trunn.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Brian Jacques Best!
    Lord Brocktree is yet another masterpiece of author Brian Jacques. This tale depicts an adventure of two companions, Brocktree of Brockhall, and Dotti the haremaid. These two warriors set out to defeat Ungatt Trunn and his Blue Hoarde to bring peace back to the mountain of Salamandastron, once again.
    I thought this book was fantastic. Brian Jacques really puts images into the readers' minds. For example, "It was situated in broad, beautiful woodland glade, backed by a steep, rocky hill, with a stream bordering one side, fringed with [junk] willow, guilder rose, and osier." This book was a lot like Martin the Warrior and all the other Redwall books because they all have characters who set out to bring peace to good creatures and to defeat evil. You won't be able to put this book down!

    5-0 out of 5 stars All hail " Lord Jacues"
    This is a cross of adventure, chivalry, and friendship that only Jacues would conjure up. From the moment I picked it up, until the moment I put it down, I was entranced in a spellbinding story that took me to a place that was filled with magic and wonder. Only Jacues' next book could be so captivating.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Few surprises
    By the time one has read twelve books in the Redwall series, he has a pretty good idea where he's going to be by the end of the thirteenth journey. And, indeed, by the end of Lord Brocktree, our horde of characters were exactly where I expected them to be: standing victorious on the shores of Salamandastron, not really too devastated over any losses, very cheerful about new friends made, and even more cheerful about the dozens of feasts put away.

    Lord Brocktree opens with a salvo of extremely slow chapters; in fact, the first part, by itself, almost isn't worth the read. It begins long ago, before Redwall, before Martin the Warrior, even before the famous hare Long Patrol, when Salamandastron, guarded only by the ancient badger Lord Stonepaw and his retinue of equally aged and feeble hares, is placed under siege by the wildcat conqueror Ungatt Trunn the Earth Shaker. The mountain's only hope is the arrival of Stonepaw's son Brocktree, who is journeying from faraway Brockhall to take his place as ruler of Salamandastron.

    Joined on his trek by a "fatally beautiful" haremaid, an otter, a mole, a battalion of mountain hares (with that delightful Highland accent), a gang of squirrel mercenaries, and a tribe of hedgehogs, Brocktree manages to get himself to the mountain in one piece just in time to give badger-sized warfare to the cunning Ungatt Trunn.

    The story holds few surprises, especially for those who've already lived through Jacques's previous works. It suffers from an overabundance of characters, far too much time spent journeying, and several passionless battle scenes. However, it is redeemed by a typically witty and amusing grouping of hares and one of the best villains in Redwall lore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lord Brocktree
    Lord Brocktree is one of my favorite books. It beats all the other Redwall books, and I will tell you why in this review.

    This book seems ultimate, as in everything is x100. The huge hordes of Ungatt Trunn, The massive Brocktree, and the hopelessness of when Stonepaw was lord. The only part I don't like is that Redwall wasn't around yet, so there aren't the huge feasts like thy are in some other 14 Redwall books.

    I strongly recommend you to read this book first, as it is first in the chronological order of Redwall.

    Have a good read!!

    -A helpful Redwall fan ... Read more

    18. The Bellmaker (Redwall, Book 7)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 044100315X
    Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
    Publisher: Ace Books
    Sales Rank: 2876
    Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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    Vicious Foxwolf, Urgan Nagru--a fox who long ago discovered thebody of a wolf and skinned it to wear as his own--is holding the youngMariel and Dandin captive. The pair are at the mercy of the evil despotand have only one hope of survival. But can they really count on thelegendary freedom fighter, Martin the Warrior, to come to theirrescue?

    The Bellmaker fairly boils over with passion, intrigue, andadventure. A true page-turner, the heat is immediately turned to high,and never cools until the close of the very last chapter. BrianJacques's skill lies in creating fantastical yet believable characters,placing them in an extraordinary yet convincing setting and thenletting loose with a flood of imagination that takes the breath away.One of the best writers of our time, Jacques comes through once againfor his readers in this remarkable tale of good triumphing over evil.--Susan Harrison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed reading "The Bellmaker"!!
    Mariel and Dandin of Redwall have been long gone from Redwall Abbey, wandering the land as warriors. When they come to Southward, they do not realize it is a very dangerous place, that the land has been ruled under the tyrant Urgan Nagru and his mate Silvamord who are both foxes. They command a whole army of sea rats and took over Castle Floret and made prisoners the royal family of Gael Squirrelking and his wife Serena and their son, Truffen.

    When Serena and Truffen escape the clutches of Nagru and his horde with the help of otters Rab and Iris and their band, Rab and the faithful squirrel sitter for Truffen, Muta the badger, fight off the whole army themselves. They are left for dead and Nagru and his army keep looking for Serena and Truffen using two ermine, called the evil Dirgecallers to track down the squirrel queen and her son.

    Meanwhile, Mariel and Dandin themselves are in serious trouble as they fight off a group of rats who are trying to kill a family of moles. Luckily, they are helped by hare Field Marshal Meldrum Fallowthorn with his four nephew leveret hares and run the rats off. The grateful moles lead them to their mole hideout and explains the circumstances of Southward. The next day they see Nagru, his army, and the Dirgecallers on the scent of Serena and Truffle. Wanting to help, they started jumping on the very top of a dune and the dune collapses on all of the rats and Nagru! Some of his rats are killed and the Dirgecallers, who were in the front, are also killed. Mariel, Dandin, and Meldrum are captured and made to starve in the highest tower in Castle Floret. The break down the door by breaking the hinges, then free the other prisoners whom one of them happens to be Gael Squirrelking! The other prisoner is Glokkpod, a great, red-backed shrike. They try to escape but there is no way out since they're at the top of the tower and the rats have discovered their escape and are rushing in. Glokkpod helps to break open the roof to the attic and they stay there, trying to keep off the rat hordes.

    While all of this is going on, back at Redwall Abbey, Joseph the Bellmaker has a vision from the mouse warrior, Martin. In his vision he is told that Mariel is in danger and needs his help. He is told to go by sea towards the south and is told, "Five will ride the Roaringburn, But only four will e'er return." Using the clues, they realize that the five mentioned is Joseph, Rufe Brush the squirrel bellringer, Durry Quill the cellar hog, Foremole, and Hon Rosie, the hare. Together with the help of Log-a-log and his shrews and Finbarr Galedeep the sea otter, they steal the ship, "The Pearl Queen" (which rightfully belongs to Finbarr) to sail away to help Mariel.

    Will Mariel and her friends be able to escape Castle Floret? Will Serena and her friend otters try to help them? Will Joseph, the Redwall creatures, and their friends come to help fight Nagru and his army? Is it true that 'five will ride the Roaringburn, but only four will e'er return? To find out these questions, however, you'll have to read the book yourself to find out.

    This book "The Bellmaker" is of the Redwall series and should be read right after reading "Mariel of Redwall. Probably my most favorite characters in this book is Dandin, Meldrum, Hon Rosie, and Rufe. Dandin for being the brave and kind warrior mouse, Meldrum because of his military ways, Hon Rosie for her jokes and her ear shattering laugh, and Rufe for his timid yet strong ways. Rufe was lucky to have such nice friends Durry and Fatch the sea rat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
    The Bell Maker by Brian Jacques is an exciting tale of adventure, friendship, and heroes. (...) I haven't finished the book yet, but right now she is trapped in the castle with her friends, fighting off the vermin. There are 12 books in the Redwall series and I have loved reading every one of them. The story is kind of repetitive, heroic mouse defeats a tyrant and his horde, but Brian Jacques makes the characters and storylines different enough that they are enjoyable to read. I love the descriptions of the characters and scenery and the rhymes and songs Brian Jacques puts in the books. For example the dibbuns (baby animals) sing,
    "Give us dinner every eve,
    Or we'll pack our bags and leave,
    Where we go to we don't know,
    Up the path a league or so,
    If we don't find comfort there,
    Back to Redwall we'll repair,
    We'll eat pudding, pie, and cake,
    All the Abbey cooks can make!"

    I also love the wonderful Abbey feasts with amazing descriptions of food, so amazing that you can see the food in front of you and the creatures around you! I also like how Brian Jacques makes the "world" seem medieval and with out humans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bellmaker
    The Bellmaker is a fantastic book with a dazzling array of characters. The story begins when Joseph, the bellmaker, has a dream in which a warrior mouse tells him that he must go to his daughter, Mariel, who is in grave danger. A bloodthirsty fox, the Urgan Nagru, has stormed Castle Floret with his horde of menacing rats. Joseph arrives to help Mariel, who is trapped within Castle Floret, but can he save his daughter and her companions, Dandin, a warrior mouse, and Meldrum the Magnificent, a brave hare, and all the good creatures of Southsward from an evil fox?

    The Bellmaker relies heavily on the personalities in this book. The book revolves around the wit, charm, and resourcefulness of the characters, making you turn the pages with eager fingers.

    This book is marvelous. I loved reading it and finding out the ending. The sharp twists and turns of this book will keep you guessing all the time. That's why I think, like Meldrum the Magnificent would say, that this book is a "jolly good wheeze, wot?"

    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
    Ok, well I am a big series reader. I love the Redwall series and have read books 1-6. Coming on book 7 I had to do a book report but I didn;t want to do it on the Bellmaker because I would have had to explain the other books and I didn't fell like doing that. So I quit reading the series and yesterday night I finally started with the Bellmaker and finished just now. Well, I was very disappointed. This book was like almos tthe same as Mariel of Redfwall except Joseph was rescuing Mariel besides Mariel rescuing him. Redwall of course was going to get taken over(getting kinda old don't you think) and their best warriors were gone(shocking!). Don't get me wrong the book was great, the desriptions were awesome, just need a new plot system. Goob book in all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Clare's review
    This is a great book from The Redwall series. The series has no order and you can read them in any order you like. This is the first book that I have read in this series and I thought it was great.

    At the beginning, it confuses you a little (unless you have read other books in this series) because it jumps from place to place, but only to give you information on the problem in the story. By the fifth or sixth chapter, it starts to come together. This book is full of adventure and fighting, and it gets you hooked and you just can't stop reading. Throughout the story, there is great description. There is so much that I can't choose my favorite scene.

    The only bad thing about this book is that there are so many characters that are just thrown in, that it confuses you. But for the most part, this is a great book. ... Read more

    19. Rakkety Tam (Redwall, Book 17)
    by Brian Jacques
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    Asin: 0399237259
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Philomel Books
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    There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there'snever been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eatingwolverine who descends upon the Abbey in search of a relic called the WalkingStone. Readers will cheer at the return of the Long Patrol, the antics of arenegade vole thief, and the emergence of a new champion to wield the sword ofMartin.

    As fans of Brian Jacques and Redwall know, the adventures just keep getting bigger and better. ... Read more

    20. Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, Book 4)
    by Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
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    Asin: 0441006949
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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    When the mouse-ship carrying Joseph the Bellmaker and his daughter Mariel runs afoul of a pirate rat king, they are mercilessly tossed overboard. Washed ashore and certain that her father is dead, Mariel vows revenge.

    "A satisfying ripsnorter of an adventure." --Kirkus Reviews

    "A female protagonist [lends] a contemporary touch to the series...perilous battles and rousing adventure." --Publishers Weekly
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    5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY a brave, strong-willed HEROINE!
    I have read books whith heroines, but those girls were never like this one! Mariel is a young mouse who is in "deep" trouble when she is thrown into the sea, but she makes it to shore. she knows nothing about her. She finally remembers when she comes to Redwall. She heads out to find the searat who tried to kill her, along whith some friends. Meanwhile, the enemy, Gabool the Wild, is going insane. And his partner has betrayed him. The partner, Greypatch, is out to take over Redwall! This book is so imaginative, funny, exciting, and sad sometimes, that anyone will love it. I love animals,and I was in heaven. Those Dibbuns are too cute!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, to read again and again.
    This was the story of a young mouse named Mariel who set off(with 3 adventurous friends)to find her father and get revenge on the evil searat:Gabool the Wild. It is a grand adventure that I loved reading. The characters are filled with humor, wit, and courage. Yet Brian Jacques couldn't have created a character more evil than Gabool and his ruthless searats. This is a book I recomend to any fantasy lovers or lovers of the Redwall series. All I can say is:BUY IT AND ENJOY IT!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mariel of Redwall
    Mariel of Redwall is book number four in the fascinating Redwall series. In this book, the young mousemaid Mariel and her father Joseph the Bellmaker are captured by the evil searat Gabool the Wild on Fort Bladegirt in the isle Terramort. Joseph is locked in the dungeons while Mariel serves Gabool. She nearly kills Gabool in a swordfight; he was only saved by his henchrats knocking her senseless. Gabool has Mariel thrown into the sea on a piece of wood. In the midst of a storm, she is washed up on an island with no memory at all.
    After she decides on a name, Storm Gullwhacker, Storm after that which she was washed up in and Gullwhacker after the knotted rope she uses as a weapon against gulls and other beasts. Saved by three Long Patrol hares of Salamandastron, she journeys to Redwall Abbey and uponhereing an old poem, she remembers her past and realizes that her ultimate quest is to kill the corsair that nearly killed her.
    Joined by Dandin, Tarquin L. Woodsorrel, and Durry Quill, she sets out to rescue her father and make Gabool pay for her imprisonment, her father's treatment, and his lifetime of wickedness. Read on and find out what happens to the warriors of Redwall!!
    I liked this bookbecause it was really captivating, and I also liked the continuation of this story, called Joseph the Bellmaker. The series is a captivating, interesting read. I recommend this book to all newcomers to Brian Jacque's Redwall series and to anyone who likes action, adventure, escapes, wars, friendship, and lovesick, gluttonous hares!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing s prequel
    The action packed prequel to the Bell Maker and take splace after Out Cast of Redwall. The young mouse Mariel and here father Joseph are captured and taken prisoner by vile sea rat Gabol the Wild.

    Mariel later is tossed over board into the she where she is wast shore. Having lost her memories she names he self Storm Gumwacker. She later arrives at Redwall.

    Later during the abott feast Mariel regains here memory after hearing a poem. She leaves on a quest to rescue her father and killed Gabol. Accompy here is a yound mouse named Dandin who is the first creature of redwall to wild Martins swords.

    Yes this is before Cluny , Slagar, and Urban Mad Eyez were around. We also learn the origon of the Joseph bell. Which was named after Joseph Mariel father.

    The bell turns out was made for the badgers of Slamadastron. Along with a Badger lord the depart to kill Gobal the wild. Engage in one of the most villiant battles in the Redwall series.

    If you like this book find about the future adventures of Mariel and Dandin in Bellmaker.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Go Mariel
    This is one of my favourite books in the series. The storyline is very interesting. Mariel, on her way to deliver a bell to Salamandastron, home of badger Lord Rawnblade, with her father Joseph the Bellmaker, is attacked by a searat ship. She is taken to an island called Terramort where she attacks the leader, Gabool the Wild, and is thrown into the sea. She is washed up on the shore, with no memory, but a will to survive and a knotted rope. She calls herself Storm, and the rope Gullwhacker. She is found by hares of the Long Patrol, and is shown the way to Redwall Abbey, where she makes lots of friends. One of them, called Saxtus, recites a poem which leads her to remember who she is. She then sneaks out of Redwall two days later, with a poem which tells her where Terramort is. Her best friends Dandin, Durry Quill and Tarquin come with her. Unknown to them, however, the searats have had a falling out and one of them, called Greypatch, has run off with a ship and 100 rats. He finds Redwall and attacks it. Mariel and her friends have some adventures along the way to the coast, where they find a swallow which points north because it is like a compass. They find a shipcalled Greenfang as well and sail towards Terramort. Greenfang is burnt from a battle, so a searat ship accidentally breaks the ship up and capture Dandin and Durry. Mariel and Tarquin are found floating about by the Lord Rawnblade. They meet up with Dandin and Durry on Terramort, in a secret cave where a gang of freed slaves live. They call themselves Trag and their leader is Joseph the Bellmaker. They attack the castle on Terramort and win the day when Gabool is killed by a scorpion called Skrabblag. They take the bell away and Joseph offers to take it to Salamandastron where it was supposed to go. But Rawnblade says it must go to Redwall because the spirit of Martin the Warrior saved his life. They agree and go to Redwall, where the rat Greypatch and his crew have been defeated by the Redwallers and some hares of the Long Patrol. The bell is called the Joseph Bell ad hangs in Redwall Abbey for many years. I liked this book because it has a female centre character who isn't afraid to get stuck into a fight and beat the heck out of the baddies. Martin the Warrior is important as well because he looks after the heroes and scares the baddies which I thought was really a good idea because then the heroes are sure to win. ... Read more

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