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The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain) Paperback – 27 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (27 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746060386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746060384
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This first book of the Prydian chronicles gripped me immediately! It's a very exciting, very witty and funny adventure. The characters are completely human, recognisable and you're bound to fall in love with Taran's best intentions for being a hero, Eilonwy's clever and never ending chattering, Fflewddur's harpstrings and "A Fflam never hesitates!"-outcries, Gurgi's braveness and "crunchings and munchings" and "poor tender head" as well as Gwydion's sincereness and heroism. The land of Prydian is both very real and very magical, but a good country doesn't always mean a good story. In the case of "The Book of Three", though, you'll have both. I am sure that readers of all ages that still love the power of imagination will enjoy this book with its fast-moving adventure, its thrilling events and wonderful characters!
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Lloyd Alexander is indeed a very productive writer, having contributed something like 50 novels, most of them Fantasy stories. This book is in the Prydain-series ( five books) about Taran, the pig keepers helper. The setting is classic, Taran being an orphan who grows up tending pigs and helping on the farm. His master is an old, withered man, rumoured to know magic.
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.
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The Black Cauldron was my favourite film as a child. I didn't know it was a book series until this week. Obviously it's different, but it's so much better. Can't wait for the film's namesake second book.
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If you have ever seen the Disney movie on which the first three of this series is based, then don't expect anything like the film. I first read these books when I was about 11, and they blew me away. This mixture of humour and horror scared the bejesus out of me, and still does to this day. The description of the black cauldron and the cauldron borne are some of the best horror writing ever, but the humour of Gimli and bravery of Tarryn make this a true epic. The only thing I can compare it to is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is not that deep and complex, which makes it more appealing to people who don't read much, but otherwise has all of the same ingredients thrown in with a different mixture of classical celtic fantasy.
Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.
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I read this book when I was a child and really enjoyed it. It is similar in fantasy to that of Narnia (although no talking animals) and Lord Of The Rings. The characters are fun and mature a lot during their adventures especially that of Taran. Hen Wen the pig is a fun concept for a pet as normally they are dogs or cats. I recently bought new copies of all the books in the series to read to my own child, who is 7, and we both enjoyed the story and can't wait to start the next book.

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.
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I first read this series as a young child and loved the stimulation given to my imagination. As an adult I have re-read them several times and I am still delighted by the quality of the story telling and the excitement of the storyline. I would recommend these books to anyone who values a quality reading experience.
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I loved this book as a child, having been introduced to the series through the Disney film. It combines memorable characters with excellent humour and a relentless plot — all based in a mythical landscape that's deeply reminiscent of Wales.
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Taran dreams of being a hero, but until now he has had to be content with being an assistant pig keeper. The pig he looks after is no ordinary pig though, she is Hen Wen, the only oracular pig in the country of Prydain. When Hen Wen escapes from her enclosure and Taran chases her into the forest, he begins an adventure that will show him that being a hero is not at all how he imagined it would be.

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
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