The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain) Paperback – 27 Aug 2004
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* "The author draw his figures with the . . . touches of irritability, doltishness and contrariness that leavens with high good humor the high fantasy." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review"A very funny adventure tale set in an imaginary kingdom. . . . The writing is sophisticated." --"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
* The author draw his figures with the . . . touches of irritability, doltishness and contrariness that leavens with high good humor the high fantasy. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
A very funny adventure tale set in an imaginary kingdom. . . . The writing is sophisticated. "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Lloyd Alexander is one of America's most distinguished authors. He has won the Newbery medal and has received one Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from Parents' Choice and another from the World Fantasy Convention.
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Top Customer Reviews
The land Prydain ( usually spelt Prydwen) is directly taken from
keltic lore, as are many of the characters and places.
( the black cauldron, the three witches,castle of Llyr...)
Alexander writes simple and straightforward and manages to keep the stories exciting to the last page. I long to read the books again and I hope many more will discover Alexander's works.
Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.
Some of the names can be difficult to pronounce being based of Welsh but there is a pronunciation guide in the back of these books which really helps.
The story has a great supporting cast including the wonderful ever hungry Gurgi who speaks in rhymes of crunchings and munchings; Eilonwy, a young trainee enchantress with a vocabulary full of unusual metaphors; Fflewdur Fflam, a King turned wandering bard who is prone to exaggeration; Prince Gwydion who looks nothing like as princely as Taran expected, and The Horned King who is even more scary than Taran imagined.
With a strong story of heroism and bravery, a large helping of wit and humour, some terrific lines especially Gurgi's rhymes and Eilonwy's excitable metaphors, I really enjoyed this book.
Overall: 5 stars - A great read for children and adults who enjoy fantasy. I will be reading the whole series and will be starting on book 2 - The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain) next
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the Disney adaption of the black cauldron as a child & now that they have bought the rights for further adaptions, I thought I'd read the originals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Alison McParland
Read this as a child and loved the excitement. Re read as an adult to decide if a good present, and still enjoyed both fantasy and human relationshipPublished 3 months ago by Caroline
I couldn't put this book down, I've only ever seen the movie so was very nicely surprised to discover a series of books.Published 3 months ago by Jemboy
This book and the series it begins enriched my childhood in a lasting way. I have re-read this series more than any other book(s) in my life, both as a child and an adult, then... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book itself is great, based on Welsh legends it's a great Tolkien esq adventure.Published 20 months ago by James
I read this book as a child and loved it. So purchased one for my daughter. Thanks soo much.. XXXPublished on 24 May 2013 by London Mum