a Thank You to Brian Jacques…

I just heard that the author of the fantastical and adventurous Redwall stories, Brian Jacques, passed away on February 5th.

These stories were (and still are) some of my eldest daughter’s most treasured books.  These were her go-to stories, the ones she just had to have copies of each one in the series all for her very own…the style of which she transferred to many of her own written stories as she developed her imaginative writing skills.

These are the things I wish to thank Brian Jacques for…an open door to an exciting world that was the perfect fit for my then adolescent Emily; a place for her to begin to imagine what it was like to stretch her wings and fly on her own with bravery and an applied sense of humor to the hard things you inevitably encounter in life.

…from the aisles of Redwall, we send a final thank you and heartfelt farewell.  You will be missed.

Here are a few photos from a time back in 2005 when we were actually able to go hear Brian Jacques speak live (he was an amazing and engaging speaker!) and have him sign Emily’s newest book for her collection:

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6 Responses to a Thank You to Brian Jacques…

  1. Jenny says:

    Great post, Bethany 🙂 We haven’t read the books, but the boys loved the animated series on PBS when they were younger.

  2. Siobhan says:

    I loved Redwall so much. I had mice called Martin and Gonff.

  3. Jolene Torgler says:

    He’s just been transferred to Heaven, is all… but I do understand your sorrow. It’s so cool that you and your daughter will carry on his memory, as will those who knew him and loved his writings… loving hugs to you, both 🙂

  4. Beth says:

    One of my all time favorite authors as well. He will be sorely missed.

  5. Jeannette Pirkle says:

    My youngest had to have all of these books also. I think we quit though part way through the series buying them and just borrowed the last few. They really are great stories. I have them here in the bookcase. I may just have to get them out and read them myself (I love these type stories but meant to read them and never did back then) At least I still have the books.
    It is sad when Authors pass away.

  6. Peggi says:

    My son, too really liked reading Brian’s books. I read these to my son at first then he picked up the books himself. It is sad to know there will be no more new books coming out.

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