Author: Lloyd Alexander
Length: 190 pages
Series or Stand Alone: First book of a trilogy
Content appropriate for: Grades 4-8
Format: Audiobook from the library
Three adjectives that describe this book: action-packed, fun, lacking
I read this book as part of the Classics Club challenge to read 50 classics books in 5 years. My list is comprised entirely of children's books.
With Lord of the Rings coming about 20 years before this book, it felt almost as if Lloyd Alexander was trying to bring that format to younger readers. Yes, Tolkien gave us The Hobbit for young readers, but even that has quite a bit of complexity that is more suited to upper-middle grades and YA readers. So, The Book of Three fills a nice void for the 1960s.
|Cartoon version of Hen Wen the pig & Taran the pigkeeper|
And the ending really really irritated me. We had to experience the climax battle with the villain second-hand because the main character was unconscious through the whole thing. Boo. Such a cop out. The Book of Three may have broken some ground for middle grade quest novels, but I'm glad that later titles made the genre more compelling and complete.