Trade Ed. Listening Library 2005
CD ISBN 0307206467 $34.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN $23.80
Library Ed. Listening Library 2005
CS ISBN 1400098971 $35.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0307206777 $50.00 Six CDs
Hedgehogs, squirrels, otters, and moles are kings, queens, warriors, and orphans in this island kingdom inhabited by animals. This first installment of the Mistmantle series follows the adventures of a small squirrel, Urchin, who is destined for greatness, though he does not know it himself. Andrew Sachs's extraordinarily pliable voice tells a story that resembles Shakepeare's tragedies in its tangle of intrigue and heroism. It might actually spark young readers' interest in the Bard, so it's worth the listen--although I suspect the audio version improves upon the written book. If you're the parent of a particularly tenderhearted youngster, however, beware. No animal in this story is too charming to escape danger or death. A.M.D. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 06]
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