Monday, July 9, 2012
Monday: Time Trials
Book review: Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques
The Great Redwall Race of 2012 -- The short story: earlier this spring Daniel challenged Quarta to a chronological read-through of all the Redwall books that she hadn't yet read or had read to her. He was supposed to read them all, not skipping any. Well, he's backed out in favor of re-reading the Belgariad, but Quarta has finally caught on that these books are a great thing. She whined a lot at first, but patience and good children's literature won the day and she's working on The Long Patrol now. Here's the chronological list we're going from.
If you haven't yet experienced the Redwall books, what in the world are you waiting for? If there's a child in your life, that child needs a bedtime story like these. You can start with Redwall itself or with Mossflower, but why not join us with Lord Brocktree and experience from the very beginning the panoramic sweep of the grand tale of the goodbeasts who must fight for freedom against vermin hordes? Join Dorothea Duckfontein Dillworthy, Dotti for short, that young haremaid of Fatal Beauty, along with Lord Brocktree the badger, questing for Salamandastron, the fabled mountain ruled by an ancient line of noble badgers. Other beasts, moles, shrews, mice, otters, and squirrels help them along their way. There is always good food, gentle humor, positive character development, and a clear delineation between good and evil. In this book, the evil role is taken by Ungatt Trunn, a wildcat with an unnatural liking for spiders and world domination. He conquers Salamandastron and Our Heroes must raise an army to win it back. Thanks to teamwork and self-sacrifice, and helped a bit by the tendency of the evil hordes to turn on each other, they will ultimately be victorious and provide a stirring tale for young creatures to hear after the feast.
If it sounds familiar, it is basically the same plot in every novel. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Tune in for more book reviews in the Redwall race as the summer progresses.