By Brian Jacques Illustrated by Sean Rubin
Published in 2011 by Philomel
400 pages -Ages 12+
What would you do if a ship on wheels was coming to take over your house? Well, the animals at Redwall Abbey are faced with that very problem! In The Rogue Crew, Brian Jacques introduces us to the evil Razzid Wearat. Razzid is the terrible pirate whose ship, the Greenshroud, can sail on the water AND on land! Razzid and his evil band are planning to “sail” right to the doors of Redwall Abbey and take over, destroying everything in their path! When the Long Patrol Hares hear of Razzid’s plan they travel to the High North Coast and meet up with the Rogue Crew Otters and together they plan to stop the most evil enemy Redwall has ever seen!
If you are not familiar with the Redwall series you should read some if not all of the books. There are 23 books in the series (and one cookbook – see my review) and although I haven’t read them all (yet), the first book in the series is my favorite. The Rogue Crew is the last book released and sadly Mr. Jacques died earlier this year. The Redwall books give great descriptions about the places and the animals in the stories. I read on Mr. Jacques official website that he wrote the original Redwall book for children at a school for the blind in Liverpool England (where he was from) and that he made the descriptions of the story so real so the blind children could “see” the story. I know he made Redwall seem real to me.
The books are meant for kids a little older because some of the villans are kind of scary and pretty evil. Some of the animals die and that might make some kids scared but the stories are really cool!