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Marlfox (Redwall, Book 11) by Brian Jacques
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Marlfox (Redwall, Book 11) (original 1998; edition 2000)

by Brian Jacques

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Title:Marlfox (Redwall, Book 11)
Authors:Brian Jacques
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The Redwall series is a good choice for students in late elementary, early middle school, who are looking for a good fantasy series. Over the years Brian Jacques has written numerous books for the Redwall series, and as a child and loved that once one book was finished there were always other books from the series waiting to be read. The use of animals should appeal to both boys and girls, though the fighting present in the work may not appeal to all students. Marlfox was my personal favorite as a child, and to this day remains a fun and well-paced read.

Reading Level: 6.9 ( )
  Kaitlyn.Johnston | Apr 15, 2013 |
Not bad - at the beginning it was a little too cutesy, especially with the stupid hare and spoiled-brat mousebabe, but as the adventure developed it settled down (and I could skim where the hare was being stupid). Like all the Redwall books, it's obsessed with food, and has a simplistic set of villains (carnivore=bad guy! fox=treacherous!). But nice setting(s), interesting adventure (chasing after the tapestry - who wove that, anyway?), and lots of connections to the other Redwall books. Badgermum Cregga, who used to be Cregga Rose-eyes; the villains are on Urthwyte's island; and Abbess Song is mentioned in at least one other book. As usual, I'm almost more interested in the Redwall timeline than I am in the story. ( )
1 vote jjmcgaffey | Jul 29, 2010 |
I'm not sure exactly when the Redwall books stopped being enjoyable, but Jacques should have stopped writing them before this. There are only so many ways he can re-imagine the same plot, and by the 11th book in the series, we've learned about Martin, the founding of Redwall, Salamandastron, and pretty much everything that we wanted to know. There are no major flaws in this book, but it isn't as appealing as the earlier titles in the series. ( )
  Ndkchk | Jun 3, 2009 |
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PROLOGUE-
Who are we but strolling players,
Wand'ring through the long ago,
Joys and sadness,hopes and longings,
Keep us traveling onward through
The laughter and applause of others,
Who view the passing cavalcade,
Leave echoes hovering some far summer,
Floating round a woodland glade.
'Twas but a tale for your amusement,
Like my small unworthy rhyme,
Gone, alas, into those realms,
The land of once upon a time.
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To the memory of a true Redwall friend and talented illustrator, Allan Curless
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Eternally serene, the moon ruled over star-strewn vaults of cloudless sable night, like a round shield of flecked amber, casting pale light to the earth below.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142501085, Paperback)

For this enchanting novel Brian Jacques has brought to bear the experience of his eventful and adventuresome life, a life which has taken him all over the world and seen him variously described as folk singer, playwright, and broadcaster. No doubt his usual writing environment--garden in summer, conservatory in winter--provides him with the ideal theater for observing the wildlife on which the book's unusual central characters are based.

It is, perhaps, appropriate that the story line revolves around the theft of the famous Redwall Tapestry, for Marlfox is a richly woven tapestry, skillfully running together threads of the magical and mythical with the "natural world," to give its audience a heady blend of fairy tale and medieval adventure. The result is a tale of grand themes and conflicting human passions played out against a backdrop of humor and uncertainty; yet the author manages never to lose sight of the reality of life as experienced by the human and animal kingdoms alike.

Young readers will gorge themselves on this literary feast, a spread worthy of comparison to other classics in this vein such as The Hobbit, Duncton Wood, The Mythical Knights of the Round Table, and the stories of C.S. Lewis.

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When three young residents of Redwall Abbey go on a quest to recover a tapestry stolen by the Marlfoxes, their bravery removes the curse of these evil animals on a lost island.

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