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Arabel, Mortimer and the Escaped Black Mamba (Arabel and Mortimer) Paperback – 1 May 2008
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"Quentin Blake's signature style is absolutely spot-on for these stories, and the new covers bring the books right up-to-date for today's readers. Gentle, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable; perfect for children to follow the whole series."(Parents in Touch)
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'(The Bookseller) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I first heard of Mortimer on Jackanory so now my sons need them too.
Both parents & children,anyone with children or siblings or who babysits ... will recognise the frustrations and delights in Arabel & Mortimer stories.
Black Mambas are the scariest snakes ever (since Roald Dahl wrote of them in Boy) don't think it phased Mortimer though.