Redwall: The Graphic Novel

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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.

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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.

For ages 9 and above.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
I’m probably the wrong person to review this book. I have never been fond of graphic novels. If I have read and enjoyed a book, then I usually have my own ideas about what the characters look like; if I did not enjoy it, then I do not really care. If they are aliens, I often feel that my ideas about their looks are better than the illustrator’s. If they are humans, they generally do not look like any human I have ever seen. The places, too, rarely match my imagination. And the plots are often so hard to follow in this format, with the panels changing in size depending on how important they are or how distant they are supposed to be, that I sometimes cannot tell which panel comes next. The old “classic comics” were never like this! So, I started reading this book with a couple of strikes against it. Well, this graphic novel has changed my mind! I remember reading the book years ago, and when I opened this version of it, I felt as if the artist had been inside my head. The monastery looks ancient and massive, and somehow seems natural for all the characters to be animals. The mice, with their Abbot, their scribe/historian, their cooks, housekeepers, and Brothers, run the monastery; their allies are shrews, and their enemies are cats, ferrets, rats (just what you would expect). Sparrows, who have no allegiance to anyone, become staunch allies. The story jumps back and forth in time, which can gets somewhat confusing, but history is that way. This piece manages to explain several hundred years of history quite well. Fortunately, the illustrations are in black-and-white; if they were in color, they probably would be mostly red (from the blood of battle, you know). On the whole, this is agood, wonderfully illustrated read and a solid example of the genre. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up
When Redwall Abbey is attacked by Cluny the rat's army, Matthias the mouse follows the example of Martin the Warrior and becomes a hero. Fans of the novel will want to see if villains like Cluny the Scourge and Asmodeus Poisonteeth live up to their imaginations, while new readers will enjoy visiting Redwall for the first time. The adaptation of the novel is excellent; even this condensed form captures the spirit and the language of the original. The graphic-novel format makes the action accessible to younger readers, who will be able to join the ranks of fans who love Matthias the mouse, Constance the badger, and the rest of the Redwall supporters. The story is a page-turner, and the detailed black-and-white drawings capture both the passion and the pathos. Characters on both sides are injured and killed; the violence is realistic but not graphic. By the end of the book, readers will be cheering for Matthias as he uses both his brawn and his brains to defeat his enemies and become the champion of Redwall.
—Andrea LipinskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399244810
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Series: Redwall Series
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 145,101
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques

Brian Jacques lives in Liverpool, England.

Brett Blevins lives in Prescott, Arizona.

Biography

The drawings that open the chapters in a Redwall book may look sweet, but Brian Jacques' fantasies are not for the faint of heart. Adventure, peril, betrayal, and downright slaughter abound in these hefty novels about the creatures -- mice, hares, moles, badgers, and sparrows -- who inhabit Redwall Abbey in medieval England.

Brian Jacques has had a life nearly as exciting as that of some of his characters: After dropping out of school in his native Liverpool at the age of 15, he traveled the world as a merchant seaman, visiting ports from America to Asia. Upon returning to England, he held a wide variety of jobs, from railway fireman to boxer among them. In the 1960s, he and his two brothers formed the Liverpool Fishermen, a folksinging group. Jacques also tried his hand as a playwright, producing several stage plays -- Brown Bitter, Wet Nellies, Scouse – about native Liverpudlians.

The Redwall stories, which were to earn him legions of fans, were born out of his time as a volunteer storyteller at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool. Jacques maintains that his detailed writing style was developed here; he was forced to be as descriptive as possible, so his audience would be able to experience his stories as if they could see. He created the first Redwall story as a gift to the children of the school, but never intended to publish it commercially. Fortunately for his many fans on both sides of the Atlantic, a friend sent his first manuscript to a publisher, and the rousing series took off in England in 1986 and in the U.S. the following year with Redwall.

Jacques takes issue with the notion that his books are "fantasy" fiction, a description that he says "smacks of swords and sorcery and dungeons and dragons. . . . I like to think of my books as old-fashioned adventures that happened ‘Once upon a time, long ago and far away.'"

The novels appeal generally to an audience of nine- to fifteen-year-olds, but have admirers both younger and older. The tales pivot on the conflict between good and evil; good invariably triumphs. Indeed, morality issues are always clear in Jacques' books: cruelty, greed, and avarice are eradicated in all forms; bravery, loyalty, and resourcefulness reap rewards aplenty. When it comes to characters, though, Jacques is less simplistic: Martin the Warrior, who through his courage and cunning rose to become the noblest hero in the land, is given to impetuousness, and the miscreant Cluny has both good and bad sides, a la Long John Silver.

For female readers, the Redwall books can be extra satisfying. His female creatures are as adventurous as the males: they don't faint into their male counterparts' arms, but explore, swashbuckle, and rescue on their own. In Mariel of Redwall (1991), the courageous girl mousechild Mariel, thrown overboard by the Gabool, leader of the evil pirate Searats, exacts her own brand of revenge.

Jacques' usually swift pace sometimes comes to a slogging halt with extraordinarily detailed descriptions of the legendary Redwall feasts, right down to the last acorn and drop of buttercup and honey cordial. But the author is redeemed by his delicate interweaving of subplots, his memorable menagerie, his rollicking sense of adventure, and his ability to transport the reader into an entirely different world, a world that, as one critic for The New York Times put it, "is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return."

Good To Know

Brian Jacques wrote his books in longhand or on a manual typewriter, or, if the weather permits, outdoors.

Despite his success as an author, Jacques continued to broadcast the weekly radio show, Jakestown, that he hosted before he wrote the Redwall books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      June 15, 1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 5, 2011
    2. Place of Death:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      St. John’s School, Liverpool, England
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    pretty good

    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...

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