Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Rogue Crew by Brian Jacques–ADVISABLE

Jacques, Brian and Illustrated by Rubin, Sean The Rogue Crew (A tale of Redwall), 400 pgs. Philomel, 2011. $14.62.


This is the 22nd and last book in the Redwall series! It finds the abbey yet again the target of evil as Razzid the Wearat, Captain of the pirate ship Greenshroud, decides to take his ship on wheels to attack. Luckily the hares of Salamandastron’s Long Patrol are coming to the rescue, along with the brave sea otters of the Rogue Crew. Not to mention a pair of hedgehogs – Uggo and Posy. They meet up with bats, snakes, lizards, and giant birds –battles and setbacks –songs and good food.

Very typical for the Redwall series, if you need another to round out the collection. My only complaint with this book, is that it is extremely heavy on the accented speech. Almost all the characters have an accent, as dictated by the creative use of spelling and grammer. Usually there is a good mix between those with accent and normal English, but this one was more complex to read since that balance was not there. Students will love the songs, and the familiar battle between good and evil.

Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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