EL本棚紹介(39) Redwall, by Brian Jacques

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Do you know The Lord of the Rings (ロード・オブ・ザ・リング)? Now, imagine that story, but with mice and rabbits instead of humans and elves. That’s what Redwall is.

This is a really good book to get lost in. Many of the characters are very likable, there is a lot of humor, and there is a lot of drama as well. Redwall is the story of the Redwall Abbey, where the peaceful mice of Mossflower live. Suddenly, the abbey is attacked by an evil rat, Cluny the Scourge, and all of the good animals have to work together to protect their way of life.

Redwall is a children’s fantasy book, like Harry Potter, but that does not mean it is not worth your time. It is often beautifully written, and you can learn a lot of good nature vocabulary from it. In addition, it uses British English, and there are a lot of words you are probably unfamiliar with.

My two cents: I read this book as a child, and I want to share it with you. The language may sometimes be difficult, but give it a chance, and you might find you love it!