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The Highwayman Paperback – Illustrated, 27 Mar 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts; New Ed edition (27 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192723707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192723703
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Anyone who likes reading poetry aloud will leap on this, and the pictures fit the text perfectly.' -- Daily Telegraph

'Keeping's illustrations are amongst the most powerful images ever to have appeared in children's literature.'
-- Books for Keeps, September 1999

About the Author

Since graduating in 1988 from Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Murray Kimber has worked as a freelance illustrator in all major communication capacities, from advertising to annuals to children's publishing. His work has won industry recognition from Studio Magazine, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Publishing, and the Society of Illustrators in New York. Visit Murray's web site at murraykimber.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I loved this book. We read it in school and each got to read a paragraph with sound effects too. We made a really mystical atmosphere to the story and everyone thought that it was really good. All of the girls thought that Bess was really brave and in love and all of the boys thought that the Highwayman was really cool. They especially liked the gory bits. At the end, we all made up a story to the poem, only in our english today, not Olde English. Everyone enjoyed it immensly.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2015
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Appearing in a poll of the nation’s top poems this came something like fifteenth, and really it is no wonder that it came high as it is certainly something that is memorable. A story of a highwayman and his lover Bess, we read of how they both meet their ends. A ballad as such this is a haunting tale, and indeed does at the end mention haunting.

First published back in 1906 in Blackwood’s Magazine Noyes made use of repetitive phrases along with vivid descriptions to give this a dark and unsettling feel, rather like Poe’s The Raven. Here we have lovely monochrome illustrations by Charles Keeping throughout to add extra impact, and thus this comes together perfectly.

In all this is a lovely edition to own and is sure to become a family favourite.
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When I first heard the poem I thought it was both chilling and brilliant. The words and the suspense that is created throughout the poem is gripping. Teamed with its excellent illustrations, this book is an absolute winner!!
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bought this book for use in school and now school have bought a class set. if you are teaching or studying the highwayman this book is a must. brilliant all round.
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Stand and Deliver.......Your Money or your Life....

"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor
And the highwayman came riding-
Riding-riding
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door..."

With a powerful introduction like this, you must read on.... The Highwayman (by Alfred Noyes) tells a tragic tale of doomed love in beautifully descriptive and poetic language. This must be one of my all-time favourite poems, a timeless, haunting, romantic masterpiece evoking strong imagery and passion. Dark and Moody, with a rhythm similar to that of horses hooves, there's a galloping beat that's perfect for capturing the ambience of the masked figure on horseback. The Highwayman is deadly and he dares to be different, galloping on the fringes of society and remaining outside of the establishment. He's undoubtedly handsome and an incredibly well dressed, stylish and passionate individual. A proud and brave man who's in love with Bess, the Landlords Daughter and she with him.

"He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter
Bess, the landlord's daughter
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair"

He rides in the night, alone, fearless and confident. Unlike some modern day criminals the Highwayman was generally a well dressed, well spoken gentleman who used threats rather than violence. But he is no match for cowardly troops, ignorant and with no respect for life, guns at the ready. Even Bess is not safe with them around and we feel her helplessness, despair and sorrow, ultimately ending in sacrifice.
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This aged poem is now popular again and is included frequently in the KS2 Literature syllabus. Keeping's illustrations perfectly enhance the ghostly aspects of the words and show how artwork far beyond cartoon can be expressive and atmospheric. There's a Canadian musical cartoon version of the poem on-line which many children have found and enjoyed. This inexpensive paperback is far superior: a great introduction to the ballad and to the power of illustration.
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I just baught this for my sister, because she adores this book, and she is 20+ haha!
Childhood memories recall this chilling poetic story of a Highwayman and his lover, Bess.
I can't remember too much so apologies if the names are wrong!

But to make this short. Buy this. Buy this because you will love it and read it always.
The art is scary, and beautiful and all those things I have mentioned.
You won't quite find a book like this!
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I agree with you reader's comment from Australia this is a rich and exciting narrative poem. As a teaching resource for exploring figuarative language such alliteration, metpahor, symbolism, onomatopoeia, similies adjectives, it is outstanding. Charles Keeping's monochrome fine pen and ink illustrations vibrate with energy almost echoing the "tlot tlot' of the horses hooves and later the "madman shouting a curse". And yet the fine lines also ripple with an innocent softness on the daughter's long black hair. It can be read at many levels and never fails to send my blood rushing with a mixture of fear, excitement and anger as I consider what really happened to Bess.
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