Thursday, August 15, 2013

Books for the adventurous

The Redwall books are wonderful.  The setting is Redwall Abbey, in medieval times.  The characters are all animals, so if you hate talking animals, this series is not for you.  If, on the other hand, you are not bothered in the least by animals that talk and cook and fight, you will love the Redwall series!  

We listened to the first book in the series, which is titled simply: Redwall.  Brian Jacques had a background in theater (among many other things) and he and a number of his thespian friends, portrayed the various characters in the story.  Each actor was so perfectly chosen for his role.  My daughters and I were mesmerized listening to the gentle voice of the mouse warrior, Mattemeo, the terrifying voice of Cluny the evil rat and the rasping voice of the very dangerous and creepy snake, Asmodeus. Filled with suspense and drama, as well as just the right amount of humor, these books are classics.  I highly recommend them!  

My daughters and I were fortunate enough to meet Brian Jacques, the author, and he was a rare and wonderful treat.  He told tales filled with dramatic emphasis, and wore a cape to add to the drama. He autographed every book, that every reader brought with them, despite a very sore hand and wrist, posed for pictures, answered questions and left every person feeling that Mr. Jacques had been there just for them.  Mr. Jacques passed away February 5, 2011.

Recommended ages for the Redwall series, pre-teen, teen and adult.  Younger children may enjoy listening to the stories, however please read the note below regarding content.

NOTE:  The books contain violent scenes.  The animals who live at the abbey must fight for their lives, however in the course of their struggle, they learn the importance of cooperation and respect for others.

If your family enjoyed the Redwall series of books, written by Brian Jacques, you may enjoy cooking some of the foods described in the stories.  Visit the Redwall Kitchen, the original and most comprehensive compendium of reader-created recipes based on food described in the books.  You will find 4 categories:  Main Course, Desserts, Beverages and Miscellaneous. Enjoy! 

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