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Mouse Guard: The Black Axe Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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Petersen’s intricate medieval world of wee warring animals gets a prequel to the main story line of Fall 1152 (2007) and Winter 1152 (2009). In 1115, the gruff old hermit warrior Celanawe was a much younger mouse and embarks on a treacherous quest across a sea and into unmapped ferret territory to find the fabled Black Axe. Though Black Axe works well enough as a stand-alone adventure, Celanawe’s origin story promises plenty of revelation to readers familiar with Mouse Guard lore. Still, both newcomers and fans alike will find much to explore in Petersen’s finely wrought artwork, high-stakes intrigue, and derring-do tale. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman
About the Author
David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2008 won Eisner Awards for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 Hardcover). He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dog Autumn
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But do yourself a favor and do not read the preface before you've read the book - it spoilers the ENTIRE STORY! It gives away every twist and surprising moment. (It also reads like its written by a five year old, and contains no interesting content or insight, basically extending to "I like this book," but that's neither here nor there.)
I was lucky enough to be warned by friends, but I know people who were really disappointed to have the story spoilered like that. Do yourself two favors: 1) buy this book, because it's great, and 2) don't read the preface.
Again, the artwork is enough to pull off the shelf and take a look.
I love how Celanawe has corrected the pronunciation of his name several times.
Along with the graphic novel Digger, one of the best Graphic Novels I've ever read.