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Arabel's Raven

Written by Joan Aiken

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Arabel's Raven Synopsis

The first story about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer. In Arabel's Raven, Mr Jones, while driving his taxi, notives 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. Hilarious.

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. Parents in Touch

Book Information

ISBN: 9781903015148
Publication date: 4th October 2001
Author: Joan Aiken
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Barn Owl Books, London
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 80 pages

About Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken, the daughter of the American poet and writer Conrad Aiken and Jessie Macdonald Aiken (also an author), was an immensely popular and prolific author who wrote almost a hundred novels for adults and children. The creator of the stories about Arabel and her pet raven Mortimer, which have been televised on the BBC, she wrote wonderful, quirky novels, full of humour and the unexpected, about alternative realities. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the 1965 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a film. Joan Aiken died in 2004. Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved illustrators ...

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