Brian Jacques, whose Redwall books are some of the most popular animal fantasies for children, died earlier this week at the age of 71. Jacques (pronounced Jakes) held a variety of jobs before finding his calling as a children's book author. He loved to tell a story about meeting a school librarian who told him how his books had inspired a particular reader. This reader wasn't interested in books, and reluctantly came into the school library one day saying he had to read a book of 100 pages. The librarian handed him Redwall, which has 352 pages. The young man protested, saying the book was too long; the librarian told him just to read the first 100 pages. The following week, the young man bounded into the library, saying he LOVED Redwall and just had to read the entire book, and was there another? And yes, there are many more wonderful books by Brian Jacques. Come to the library and check them out!
Here's more about Brian Jacques: 'Redwall' Author Brian Jacques Dies at 71Posted by at February 8, 2011 02:30 PM