My book review of 'Mort the Meek and the Raven's Revenge' by Rachel Delahaye and Illustrated by George Emros

Mort the Meek and the Raven's Revenge

by Rachel Delahaye and Illustrated by George Emros
Recommended age: 8+
Mort the Meek and the Raven's Revenge
by Rachel Delahaye and Illustrated by George Emros

This is the first in a new series of very funny stories about the pacifist and vegetarian Mort the Meek who has to survive in a brutal and violent kingdom - there's lots of punching, kicking and killing all under the blessing and instruction of a cruel and ruthless queen.

In Brutalia, violence is a way of life but Mort is different from the other islanders. He's determined to live peacefully, without hurting anyone.

But the queen appoints Mort as the royal executioner and no one has ever challenged the royals and survived, so what is he to do?

There are brilliant illustrations throughout and the short, fast-paced chapters each begin with a double act from two ravens telling jokes and making wry observations about life in Brutalia. There is slapstick and lots of play on words, and a fabulous hero in Mort who's sure to have a loyal following for his future adventures.

Review date: April 2021
Publication date: 4th March 2021