Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Mattimeo Audio

Mattimeo Audio

Brian Jacques
For ages 12 and up
Unabridged audiobook (CD)
Performed/read by: Performed by the author and a cast of actors
Recorded Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-1402565175

Mattimeo, the son of Matthias the great champion and warrior of Redwall, is always in trouble, or so it seems. In the company of his two friends Tess and Tim Churchmouse, Matti is forever finding new scrapes to get into and sometimes out of. This time he has outdone himself and he is in disgrace. He has been fighting with Vitch the rat again and fighting is simply not tolerated in Redwall. So, Matti is kept busy running errands and doing chores to help prepare for the great summer feast.

Unfortunately someone else is also preparing for this event. Slagar the Cruel, a fox with a vengeful and vindictive heart, is determined to make Redwall pay for an imagined wrong done to him. Soon he and his vermin followers have Mattimeo and several other Redwall young ones in his grasp, kidnapped from Redwall and destined for a life of slavery.

Matthias and his friends are determined to retrieve their children and to punish Slagar for his duplicity and his cruelty. Thus begins an epic adventure as Matthias and his followers chase after Slagar.

In his absence Redwall has its own problems when a terrible Raven from the Northlands, General Iron Beak, decides to take over the abbey for himself and his supporters. What follows is a battle of wits, each side trying to outdo the other. Can the Redwallers defend the abbey without the help of their champion and is Matthias going to be able to get back his son and the other young woodlanders.

In this thrilling Redwall story the listener will find a cast of wonderful characters who delight, amuse, and enthrall. Among others there is Basil Staghare, a hare with a big heart and an enormous appetite who is funny and loveable with his outrageous hare speech and his odd mannerisms. Then there are the band of shrews, led by their Log-a-Log, who are fearless and steadfast in their support of Matthias and his quest.

Superbly presented with an excellent cast of actors and with Brian Jacques narrating, this production will surely get the listener hooked on the Redwall stories and the wonderful characters that fill them.