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Podkin One-Ear

Written by Kieran Larwood

Illustrated by David Wyatt

Part of the The Five Realms Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Podkin One-Ear

Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story 

In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism |              ‘Stories aren’t all about fighting and revenge. You have to have a bit of character development.  Some suspense, some atmosphere’. So says the bard telling the story of rabbit hero Podkin One-Ear, and his tale certainly has all those things.  Podkin is son of the chieftain of the Munbury warren but forced to flee with his baby brother and capable big sister Paz when their home is invaded by the terrifiying Gorm, iron-clad monster rabbits turned evil by greed and enchantment. The story of how their little band grows to start the fight back against the Gorm is full of magic, narrow escapes and heroic deeds.  Written in a very engaging style, regular breaks when the bard discusses the story with his audience both building and easing tension, this is a great bit of storytelling. Readers will hope for more adventures for Podkin and Paz.  

For more stories of animals fighting evil see Brian Jacques’s Redwall series or Robin Jarvis’s equally thrilling Deptford Mice books.   ~ Andrea Reece

On his Blue Peter win, Kieran Larwood said: “I am hugely excited to have won the Blue Peter Book Award.  It is such an honour, especially as I grew up watching Blue Peter, and the fact that it was voted for by children makes it all the more amazing.”

Podkin One-Ear Synopsis

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills some call the Razorback Downs...Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. But how did he become such a mighty fighter? The answer may surprise you...

When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear - and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

Podkin One-Ear Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alex, age 10 - 'The descriptions were written so well that I could imagine the characters’ everyday lives - including their worries and hopes! Wow!'
  • Cally Evans, age 10 - 'This is one of the best books I have ever read and, believe me, I have read a lot!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Like The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down mixed together, this magical adventure pulled me in from the very first page and I just couldn’t put it down.'
  • Mariyya Khan, age 9 - 'This was probably the best book I have ever read.'
  • Evie, age 11 - 'Rabbits with attitude, an exciting adventure story.'
  • Alex Bateman, age 10 - 'Sublime, Splendid, Superb! It’s an adventure that keeps you wanting to read on and on into the night...a joy to read and absolutely world class.'
  • Bella Perez, age 11 - 'It’s a captivating story...a book that can push your imagination beyond your boundaries.'
  • Tariq Mustfa, age 11 - 'Podkin One-Ear is a fantastic book about a rabbit called Podkin...I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Isabel, age 9 - 'An unusual adventure story which I loved.'
  • Summer, age 10 - 'my little brother now asks me every night for me to tell him about The Legend of Podkin One-Ear and I think it will be a story that we will both remember when we have grown up.'
  • Hattie Benton, age 11 - 'This is a book worth reading.  It's a mixture of fantasy, bravery and mischievousness and proves that it doesn't matter how big you are!'

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ISBN: 9780571328406
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571328406
Publication date: 6th October 2016
Author: Kieran Larwood
Illustrator: David Wyatt
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children, UKLA 2018

About Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood is the author of Freaks and was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.  Kieran is one of only two male Reception class teachers on the Isle of Wight.  His days mainly consist of singing nursery rhymes, tying shoelaces, trying to locate who has had an ‘accident’ by sense of smell alone, and vast, endless mountains of paperwork.  Kieran graduated from Southampton University with a degree in English and also did a foundation year at Falmouth College of Art. Ever since he first read The Hobbit at ...

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