Initially published in 1972, Arabel's Raven contains three hilarious adventures featuring an unusual raven named Mortimer. Stories included in this volume are "Arabel's Raven,"?"The Bread Bin,"?and "The Escaped Black Mamba and Other Things." Mortimer is very big, with black feathers and a hairy beak-and he's driving the Jones family crazy. Although they try to keep the always-hungry bird satisfied with birdseed, he still seems to prefer gnawing on the stairs. And even though Mortimer will hitch a ride in Arabel Jones' wagon rather than fly, and freak out anyone who calls on the telephone with the bizarre greeting "Nevermore," Arabel can't help but love him, anyway. "No one but the author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase could create such a melange of inventions, sustain such a pace, and give such vigor to the telling."-Horn Book Magazine
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by Joan Lowery Nixon
by G.A. Aiken
by Ginny Aiken
by Joan Magretta
"This audio collection contains the first three of Joan Aiken's tales about Arabel and her raven, Mortimer. Their silly antics and predicaments will entertain young and old alike. Sneha Mathan's performance is a real treat. She brings all the characters to life with a voice that makes each personality unique. Arabel's mother's voice goes from exasperation with Mortimer to praise for the raven's wisdom each time he saves the day. Arabel's voice is wise beyond her years and a constant calm in the midst of the havoc. And Mortimer's every squawk of "Nevermore" contains mountains of humor and meaning. One caveat: Listeners may want to take a break between stories; the silliness may tire them out! N.E.M. 2010 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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