A little brave mouse with sandals too big for his feet – my hero. Even after all the Harry Potter books, the excitement at Redwall Abbey, with Cluny the Scourge (rat) and Matthias, the bumbling and brave novice (mouse), is still compelling. And Brian Jacques wrote 20 “Redwall” books about the good mice vs. the bad rats.
With clever riddles and characters, the quest is fun, the battles exciting, With all the help from capable friends (rabbit, squirrel, moles, badger), it’s so easy to forget they are personified rodents and wild life – and not real medieval characters.
The “action-packed” adventures are in the spirit of Lloyd Alexander’s High King – except with animals. The mice have the intelligence and ingenuity of George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square – except in a medieval abbey in England.
Of course, the good guys (mice) win. Try at least one, if you haven’t read any yet, and feel the spirit of Brian Jacques, who died last week.
“Who says that I am dead
Knows nought at all…
Seek and you will see:
I – am that is…”
… from Redwall