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Redwall: The Graphic Novel Paperback – October 4, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Redwall
  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399244816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399244810
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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 Lipinski, New York Public Library
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From Booklist

The much-loved, fantasy series has morphed into a graphic novel with mixed results. Adapting a favorite is always tricky: creators want to acknowledge the fans but also draw in new readers. In this case, the story has holes that only Redwall devotees can fill, but readers unacquainted with the series will still find themselves caught up in the action. Blevins' art effectively conveys the emotional edge of the animal characters while it maintains a Saturday-morning-cartoon feel. Fun for some, although Redwall fanatics will think part of the magic is missing. King, Kevin

More About the Author

A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool--as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright--Brian Jacques (1939-2011) was the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques was 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. "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. Jacques passed away in February of 2011 at the age of 71.

Customer Reviews

The villians really look like villians.
Hadassah Carolyn Dextradeur
The quality of the work was excellent, and you can really see the characters coming to life from the pencil sketches of Bret Blevins.
Scott Morris
In the end, this new "Redwall" is a fun graphic novel and well worth a look to anyone unfamiliar with the very first story.
E. R. Bird

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
And about time too! When the Warriors novels started coming out in graphic novel forms, I didn't think much of it. Author Erin Hunter has always written books that seem similar to the "Redwall" titles, but with a narrower focus. Then Mouse Guard was published earlier in 2007 and I thought it a lovely work, if less complex and multi-faceted than "Redwall" too. About the time Mice Templar hit the shelves, though, I started to get angry. What. The. Heck? First of all, I'm sure there are some nice sociological theories you could put into play regarding the state of the United States today and our odd fixation on mice going to war, but above and beyond all that, where in the world was the Redwall graphic novel? I mean, Brian Jacques essentially took that old The Wind in the Willows animals-wearing-clothes idea, gave it some armor, and defined the very idea of contemporary children's books where animals war against one another. I'm sure that you could find others, but Jacques was the fellow that made animals in armies profitable. Finally, at long last, we've a graphic novelization of the very first "Redwall" book. Adapted by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Bret Blevins, the book is a faithful retelling of the original text, offering some advantages and disadvantages in its new format.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Well, I expected this book with mixed expectations. How can you get the feeling of such a great book into comic form? I still have mixed feelings about it. The drawing are EXTREMELY chaotic and hard to follow, even for one who has read the book a million times, like I have. And I hated how they passed over certain characters and scenes that I love, such as: Basil Stag Hare, who's part is reduced to about two lines when you meet him, and another two in the tapestry-rescuing scene with Jess; Cornflower, who appears perhaps twice in the course of the book, and never speaks.(Interesting, how this is the opposite mistake to the one made in the animated series, where Cornflower is always shoved in where she isn't needed) Also, they left out the part with Jess handing over the dish-cloth to Cluny, which is the funniest part of the book. And Methuselah and Matthias's riddle-solving is passed over quickly. But enough nit-picks ;D The story was stuck to surprisingly well, despite the condensation needed to put it into comic-book form. Asmodeus's death was a great scene, and I LOVE the way Squire Julian and Captain Snow are depicted.

So, all-in-all, a good first attempt, but one more word: do not attempt to look at this graphic novel until you are a least familiar with the original. You will not be able to tell what is going on, for as I said before, the pictures are pretty difficult to follow.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Morris on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a fan of the Redwall series for ten years, I must say I enjoyed this adaptation of the book that started them all. The quality of the work was excellent, and you can really see the characters coming to life from the pencil sketches of Bret Blevins.
That being said, this book is not without its flaws. As the Book Review had mentioned, I fear some of the magic of reading the novel is lost in this translation. Many scenes are omitted from the book, such as the feast for example. It is mentioned briefly in the cart ride back to St. Ninian's. As some may know, it is a point of pride that Brian Jacques includes depictions of food in each of his novels. The story seems to advance a little quicker than it did in the book as well, which was a point of minor annoyance. Still, it is the first attempt at translating these stories into a graphic novel format, and I very much look forward to more in the future, if there are any planned. I have favorite stories I'd like to see translated myself.
So, overall..art style is great, which was a surprise, considering the artist's background work in Marvel comics. Instead of buffed-up super heroes, we have plain, simple mice. Who'da thunk it?
Story adaptation is pretty well conceived, though some beloved scenes may have been sacrificed.
I still recommend it, though. To both fans of the book and to those new to the series.
I hope this review is helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynnamint on December 8, 2012
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My son loves graphic novels and adventures. Having read Redwall myself, I was excited to find this version of the novel. The pictures have no color and there is definitely some gaps in the story. I have to keep explaining what is going on to my 6 year old and that is not normal for most books we read together. The drawings make all the mice look the same, which is probably one of the main sources of confusion. I would recommend just sticking with the original novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. White on March 18, 2010
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I never read the novel version, but I read this and loved the story. I got this as a present to my sister who read and loved the Redwall series. She love the graphic novel version and was happy to say it only slightly abridged the story. A worthwhile read and great buy whether you're new to Redwall or not. I highly recommend it.
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