Arabel and Mortimer Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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Mortimer is Arabel's raven and he is an exceedingly naughty and bad tempered bird. He develops obsessions which he must fulfil at all costs, despite the mayhem they invariably bring to those around him. Arabel is his owner, but has tenuous control over him, and is usually involved in cleaning up his mess and loving him anyway.
In this collection of stories Mortimer goes on a cruise ship, foils a zoo robbery and discovers Excalibur in the process of driving a runaway lawnmower. The book is superbly illustrated by Quentin Blake who adds to the devilish nature of Mortimer brilliantly.
These are funny stories and made my children (and me) roar with laughter. My one regret is that they have dated quite a bit since those halcyon days of the nineteen seventies and I found myself having to explain a fair few things. As such I would recommend them for six and up to diminish the number of times you have to spend explaining stuff.
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In the second story, Spiral Stair, Arabel and Mortimer are on the train going to visit Uncle Irk. Chris Cross is now working at the zoo and is a valuable ally when Arabel is tracking down thieves. In this story you will meet Noah the boa along with several other animals. Mortimer plans payback on the giraffes who stole his doughnut! Yes you may get a urge to go buy some doughnuts!
The third story, Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur, takes place in the public gardens opposite the Jones' house. Contractors are in digging a big hole for an underground car park. Mrs Jones is busy sewing Arabel a dress or at least she was before Mortimer interfered. Mortimer also has his eye on Mr. Walpole's Lawnsabre. Will he get his desire of actually using it? Meet Sandy, a young boy, who is juggling and tightroping etc in the gardens. What is discovered in the hole? I thought this story actually ended a little abruptly.
The illustration on page 42 of the Kindle version appears to be in draft format as it is not like the others at all!
The Arabel and Mortimer books are on the silly side BUT they are well written, not dumbed down and have some great descriptions. Arabel is given WAY more freedom than probably most parents would be happy with in today's world and of course, Mortimer's antics are quite unreal. Our kids LOVED this book though and the illustrations by Quentin Blake really help bring the characters and situations to life.
It has many funny things in it and I love that she added another fairy tale in it at the end.
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