Friday, March 2, 2007

A Review of Redwall

Want an exciting book?

Read Redwall

I like this book, Redwall, because the author writes it so creatively and differently that it is not just one of those books you can put down for three weeks; you have to keep reading it until it is over. You can’t forget about it. All you think about is what is happening in the book and it keeps you absorbed in the story from the first chapter to the last.
This book stays pretty exciting throughout the story, and it gets more interesting as it goes along. The first chapter is not as exciting as the rest of the book, but as you get deeper into the story, you want to keep reading. It keeps you suspended. One example is when the enemy tries to attack Redwall. You always want to know what is next, and every time you think, ok, one more page you can’t just read one more page. You have to keep reading.
Redwall explains what happens. It is satisfying, because at the end it doesn’t just say: that’s what happened, the end, it explains everything. There are three groups: one good group is traveling; there are the good people who stay at Redwall; and there is the enemy. And the story goes from one group to the next, so you know what is happening on every side.
The characters have different parts, and the characters are animals instead of people. For example, the cook, the infirmary nurse, the abbot, the Dibbuns (baby animals) and so on are characters. The Dibbuns are, I think, the funniest creatures in the book, if it’s not the moles. When one of the baby mice fell into a well they had found, that had an eel in it, Skipper, the otter, dove down to rescue him. When the baby mouse was safe, and Skipper was fighting the eel he said, “I hope Skipper spanks his (the eel’s) bottom good ‘n’ hard!” I laughed aloud at that.
And all the animals have accents, so they are entertaining. When they have a gathering, they all have different ideas and it’s funny. Even the Dibbuns chip in and their suggestions are hilarious.
Redwall is a good book; the characters have different parts and are animals; it explains what happens, stays exciting and gets more interesting as you go along. It is not boring, and you become involved in it. I think kids ages 10+ should read this book.
By Emilia Vecchiarelli Hopewell, New Jersey January 2007