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Arabel's Raven

Written by Joan Aiken

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Part of the Arabel and Mortimer Series Series

Arabel's Raven Synopsis

The first story about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer. In Arabel's Raven, Mr Jones, while driving his taxi, notices something bedraggled in the road. He stops and discovers an injured raven. He takes it home and his four-year-old daughter Arabel falls in love at first sight. 'His name is Mortimer,' she announces and Mortimer has found a home. A series of thefts and a robber quarrel are only two of the dramas in this delightful tale in which Mortimer and Arabel find their ways straight to the reader's heart.

The Good Book Guide Review

To most of the Jones family the raven (found in the fridge drinking milk and pecking at sausages) is a nuisance. But Arabel gives him a name – Mortimer – and he becomes a resourceful, if off-beat, friend. Together they have some hilarious adventures. This much-loved classic is a delight to read aloud to younger children or for new readers to read alone. (Ages 7-9)

Arabel's Raven Press Reviews

Wonderfully illustrated in Quentin Blake's inimitable style, children take Arabel (and Mortimer) to their hearts. This is the first in a series of hilarious adventures. 'Weird, dark, clever and as funny today as it was when it was first featured on Jackanory' One of the defining books of my childhood is reissued this month with a fresh new cover. Selected for The Children's Preview under reissues and new editions. Selected for Best Summer Books to Read With Your Daughters: Smart, soft-spoken Arabel and her love for the incorrigible Mortimer will warm your heart. Worth reading for Quentin Blake's hilarious illustrations alone. Listed in Children's Buyer's Guide 'Fiction 5-7 Years Paperback' category - 'Funny and outrageous stories about Arabel and Mortimer from Joan Aiken and Quentin Blake'. 'Weird, dark, clever and as funny today as it was when it was first featured on Jackanory' Selected for Best Summer Books to Read With Your Daughters: Smart, soft-spoken Arabel and her love for the incorrigible Mortimer will warm your heart. Worth reading for Quentin Blake's hilarious illustrations alone. Listed in Children's Buyer's Guide 'Fiction 5-7 Years Paperback' category - 'Funny and outrageous stories about Arabel and Mortimer from Joan Aiken and Quentin Blake'.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847806918
Publication date: 14th March 2015
Author: Joan Aiken
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 80 pages

About Joan Aiken

JOAN AIKEN, the daughter of the American poet and novelist Conrad Aiken, was an immensely popular and prolific author who wrote over a hundred novels for adults and children. The creator of the stories about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer, originally written for the BBC's Jackanory series and which have been televised on the BBC, she also wrote wonderful, quirky novels, full of humour and the unexpected. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the 1964 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a film. Joan Aiken was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature in 1999. She died ...

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