September 16, 2009

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

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The Castle of Llyr

by Lloyd Alexander

This is a book in the Chronicles Prydain series.  The characters are Taran of Caer Dallben, an assistant pig keeper, Gurgi, Fflewddur Fflam and Eilonwy. 

In this book, Taran has to take Eilonwy to a ship that will take her back to her homeland, the House of Llyr.  There they meet adventure, troubles and action which include a bumbling prince who still saves the day, a giant, and a giant mountain cat.

My favorite part was when the giant mountain cat, Llyan, rescues them when someone floods the castle. 

This is a good book for people who like Medieval times and Welsh mythology and mostly it would be good for kids who are willing to read longer books and like unusual words.

–Guest Reviewer (10 years old), son of SueBE

July 23, 2009

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 6:34 pm by suebe2

threeThe Book of Three (AR 5 . 3 )

by Lloyd Alexander


The Book of Threeis a story that takes place in Welsh mythology.  The main character is a boy named Taran who lives in Caer Dallben.  Caer Dallben is one of the places in the island of Prydain.  The story starts when Taran goes off to wash Hen Wen the oracular pig and she starts frantically digging holes and escapes from her pen.

After she escapes and runs into the forest, Taran goes after her.  He encounters the evil Horned King and is saved by a man named Gwydion.  Only later does he realize that Gwydion is a prince.

He finds Gwythaints, Fair folk, and also a creature named Gurgi.  My favorite part was when they met Gurgi — crunchings and munchings.

Most of the story is spent trying to track down Hen Wen,  but there are occasional battles along the way.  This book would be good for kids who are 10 and up.

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