WELCOME to the letter J and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
As readers, we have our favorite authors, favorite books, and favorite bookstores. I want to pay tribute to author Brian Jacques in this post for the letter J. Any bookstore worth its salt can place the Redwall series in your hands. Though Jacques died in 2011, he continues to bring customers through the door in search of Redwall.
“I love book signings: kids waiting in line for you to scribble on their new books, haha!”
― Brian Jacques
Garnering generations of readers, Brian Jacques, the author of Redwall (1987) and some 20 sequels have sold in the tens of millions touching adventure-loving kids all over the world. His formula—a quasi-medieval fantasy setting in which peace-loving mice and other small animals seek adventure and fend off endless attacks by evil foxes, rats, and weasels is an older child’s classic read like A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter for younger readers. Next time you are in a bookstore, bring home a copy of this book and read it before giving it to a child in your life.
CLICK HERE to view a charming animated clip from the Redwall series
“In our imaginations, we can go anywhere. Travel with me to Redwall in Mossflower country.” ― Brian Jacques
For you book collectors: The 10th Anniversary celebration of Redwall in 1997, the original publisher of the series, Hutchinson, re-released Redwall in a special collector’s edition in the UK. The hardcover book was bound in green leather with a pictorial front board and included new illustrated color plates. The book also retained Gary Chalk‘s original chapter illustrations. It is sometimes referred to as the “Redwall Illustrated Collector’s Edition”.
If you have a favorite author whose last name begins with J, and can be found in most bookstores, please share it below in the Leave a Comment section. Thank you.