Redwall: The Graphic Novel

Redwall: The Graphic Novel

by Brian Jacques

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Overview

It was meant to be: The classic fantasy adventure that began the Redwall phenomenon is finally available in a cool graphic format. Illustrated by renowned comics artist Bret Blevins, Redwall: The Graphic Novel brings to life all the battles, all the heroes, and all the villains in a fun new format perfect for reluctant readers, those just entering the Redwall world, or the countless existing fans of the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399244810
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/04/2007
Series: Redwall Series
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 281,455
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

"I sometimes think it ironic for an ex-seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, policeman, bus driver, etc., to find success writing children's novels," says Brian Jacques (pronounced "Jakes"). Yet it is all too true. With the publication of his first children's book in 1987, the award-winning Redwall, Jacques' fresh talent has received exceptional praise from reviewers in the United States and England. Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander called it "a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the excitement of genuine storytelling. Young people will surely be captivated. I hope they give their elders a chance to share the delights."

A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool—as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright—Brian Jacques is the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques is well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England.

Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

He grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks. His interest in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books of: Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Thomas Malory, Robert Michael Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kenneth Grahame. He attended St. John's School, an inner city school that had its playground on the roof. On his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not, believe that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then, that he realized that he had a talent for writing.

Some teachers at St. John's proved to be good role models. As Mr. Jacques recalls:

"My favourite teacher was Mr. Austin Thomas. He looked like Lee Marvin. Big Man. A Captain in World War II. He came to school on a big bush bike with the haversack on back. He was a man's man. Always fair. I was fourteen at the time when Mr. Thomas introduced the class to poetry and Greek literature. (Because of him, I saved seven shillings and sixpence to buy The Iliad and The Odyssey at this dusty used book shop.)"

This interest in poetry extended to Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Goldsmith.It was also at St. John's that Brian met a teacher, Alan Durband (who also taught two Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison), who, more than thirty years later would bring about a major change in his life.

After Brian finished school at fifteen, he set out to find adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many far away ports, including New York, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Yokohama. Tiring of the lonely life of a sailor, he returned to Liverpool where he worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable 216D), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic.

 

Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques

Date of Birth:

June 15, 1939

Date of Death:

February 5, 2011

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Place of Death:

Liverpool, England

Education:

St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Redwall, The Graphic Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, so i wanted this, bad. then i read it and realized how chopped up it is. it features small things like the tree with bees in it but not majorly. but the art style is awesome! this is a must for hard core redwall fans...
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Redwall is a fortified abbey, home to mice who only do good unless provoked by physical attack, which hasn¿t happened in hundreds of years. Imagine the surprise of Redwall¿s inhabitants when news reaches the abbey that the evil rat Cluny the Scourge has his eye set on Redwall. Cluny plans to attack the abbey and mercilessly kill its leaders. It¿s up to fumbling novice Matthias to fill the shoes of the legendary mouse Martin the Warrior and save the day. This graphic novel is an adaptation of the children¿s fantasy novel of the same name. Having not read the original novel, I cannot say how this one compares. I can say, however, that I think the graphic novel format fit the story well. Redwall has many elements of the traditional fantasy ¿ the prophesied hero, the quest, and the good versus evil theme ¿ without having anything particularly spectacular to make it stand out other than the anthropomorphic animals. For that reason, I wasn¿t particularly thrilled with the book, but I think the action and adventure will appeal to young readers, particularly boys.
Chris177 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun and entertaining graphic novel! The book has all of the characters, setting and plot of a great action adventure. The black and white illustrations enhanced the story and gave my mind an extra boost of exhilaration. Two thumbs up!
Spibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful adventure story by Brian Jacques- now in a graphic format. Quick read for kids, teens, & adults! I couldn't put it down, loved the illustrations - I can't wait to see what my 11 year old son thinks of it.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I heard of the series. Been wanting to read the books for a while now. Good volume.
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