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Arabel and Mortimer Paperback – 1 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Classics; Reissue edition (Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152060820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152060824
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I used to read the stories about Arabel's raven when I was a child and have extremely fond memories of Bernard Cribbins reading them on Jackanory. I thought they had gone out of print and was disappointed because I really wanted to read them with my kids. Luckily they have been reprinted and it's well worth the effort tracking them down.

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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This is a lovely book and very funny. The illustrations by Quentin Blake are completely apt and brilliant, really adding to it for me and my 8 year old daughter. She now wants another Arabel and Mortimer book.
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Possibly the best books ever written. Apart from Harry Potter.
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Lovely
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HASH(0x8e989978) out of 5 stars A Twelve Year Old's Take on Arabel and Mortimer 24 Dec. 2009
By School of the South - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Arabel and Mortimer is a book written by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The first chapter of this book is called Mortimer's Tie. It's about this bird who doesn't like to go anywhere without his dark green tie. Mortimer is Arabel's pet raven. Arabel's parents Mr. and Mrs.Jones had just gotten a brand new car. Arabel was watching Chris wash her dad's new car. Mortimer, who was always getting into trouble was studying a waterhose very hard. Mortimer got his foot stuck in the waterhose and got himself all tangeld up in it. He was pecking and pekcing. He poked many holes in the waterhose. One time, Mortimer, who loved to dig in cracks of cars was digging in Arabel's father's car when he found a ring. It belonged to Lady Dunnage. She had a parrot named Isabella. Isabella was a very proper parrot she had all of her feathers brushed back and she looked beautiful. Miss Dunnage asked Mr. and Mrs.Jones, "Would you like to go on a cruise with me?" So, the whole family went on a cruise.
HASH(0x8e12b220) out of 5 stars Mortimer's lost green tie, a grand piano and King Arthur all in one book! 26 Dec. 2014
By Richard and Liz - Published on Amazon.com
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It is Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Jones is having her hair done and Mr. Jones is at a football (soccer) game. Chris Cross, their neighbor, is cleaning out the taxi. Mortimer, Arabel's raven, finds Mrs. Dunnage's very expensive ring. What is the reward? What mischief does Mortimer manage to get up to whilst Chris is cleaning? We follow the Jones family including Mortimer, on board the Queen of Bethnall Green. Here Mortimer meets the parrot, Isabella. What happens when Mortimer loses his green tie and the waters get rough going though the Bay of Biscay? Some amusing scenes will have you smiling! This is the first of three stories in this book.

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.
HASH(0x8e055ccc) out of 5 stars Great book 18 Feb. 2015
By Jeffrey J. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Arabel and Mortimer is a great short book to read to a child or to cheer you up. It's hilarious humor brings a smile to your face. Enjoy!
HASH(0x8e543f90) out of 5 stars I love this book! 5 Mar. 2014
By Alan J Horton - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book!

It has many funny things in it and I love that she added another fairy tale in it at the end.
HASH(0x8e543024) out of 5 stars ... Aiken but my 7 and 8 year old kids loved me reading it to them 28 Jan. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an old book by Joan Aiken but my 7 and 8 year old kids loved me reading it to them.
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