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Arabel's Raven (Arabel and Mortimer) [Paperback]

Joan Aiken , Quentin Blake
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4 Oct 2001 Arabel and Mortimer
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.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Barn Owl Books; New edition edition (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903015146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903015148
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 )

About the Author

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 of our time, and his books with a wide range of authors, including Joan Aiken, Russell Hoban, Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl, have been treasured by generations of children throughout the world. In 1999 he became the first Children's Laureate. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE.

To visit Quentin Blake's website click here

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On a stormy night in March, not long ago, a respectable taxi-driver named Ebenezer Jones found himself driving home, very late, through the somewhat wild and sinister district of London known as Rumbury Town. Read the first page
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny 7 May 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have extremely fond memories of listening to Bernard Cribbins reading Arabel's Raven on Jackanory when I was a child. I used to love these books and it's fantastic to find them back in print. This is a book with three of the stories in it, Arabel's Raven, The Bread Bin, and The Escaped Black Mamba and Other things.

I have just finished reading these to my own children and they absolutely love them. We were all laughing so much at the story of the Escaped Black Mamba that we could hardly finish it. Mortimer is so naughty that he delights the heart of my rather evil four year old, and Mrs Jones' ridiculous language makes my nine year old fall on the floor with laughing. I hope they reprint all the stories very soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Arabel's Raven 28 Jun 2013
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Arabel's Raven is one of our favourite books that Quentin Blake has illustrated. It is very funny and we laughed a lot! This astonishing book will make your rib bones vibrate with laughter!!In year 3 we think it's a real eye boggler and a brain teaser. It is a brilliant page turner. Everybody would like it and we would recommended it for ages 5 and up. We all give it 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Glow! 13 Mar 2009
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What a wonderful blast from the past. I was instantly transported back to the 70's; home from school, Crispy Pancakes for dinner and sitting reading Arabel and Mortimer books...happy days!

I bought this to read to my eight year old daughter, who although is a fantastic reader herself, adores listening to bedtime stories. This story kept her attention from the first page, made her giggle and laugh and constantly beg for me to carry on reading.

Both boys and girls alike would love to hear about Mortimer the Raven, and all the silly stuff he gets up to.

So if you are fed up with Fairies, Monsters and High School Musical then give Mortimer a'll not regret it!
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"Arabel's Raven" is the first in a series about Arabel, who's around four and lives in 1970s London, and Mortimer, a big black sulky raven that eats stairs, gives dark looks, and says "Nevermore" into the telephone.

In this story, Arabel's father nearly runs Mortimer down on the road, takes him home to recover, and he is then adopted by Arabel as a pet. While Mortimer eats all the food in the fridge and makes bite-marks in all the records at the record shop, the police are trying to catch two local bank robbers. The robbers kidnap Mortimer on one of their heists, and it all becomes a mad adventure to find him and solve the mystery...... someone eating the escalators at the local train station is a clue to his whereabouts, though.

I read a number of these stories when I was a child, and I have just read this first book out loud to my 6-year-old daughter at bedtime, in instalments. She loves the Mortimer character. For children reading it themselves, it would be 7+ years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for 5 upwards 6 Nov 2013
By Gail
Our son just loved this and other books in the series when he was little so I keep buying it for the children if friends and family who also love it. Like our son, they want it read to them over and over again
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