Books by Alan Garner

Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still, it is satisfying, and casts a lovely spell. (Folklore. 7-11)"
A man in a boat, fishing, finds a boy and girl floating in a crystal box. Read full book review >
STRANDLOPER by Alan Garner
Released: June 15, 1997

"It's hard to tell."
A strange mix of realistic narrative and incantatory folk materials by Garner (author of a number of YA and children's fantasy novels) results in a work that is likely to leave most readers scratching their heads in bewilderment. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME by Alan Garner
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Compact and intriguingly mysterious; handsomely illustrated with precisely detailed images, deployed effectively against dramatic white. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One of Britain's finest novelists for young people (The Owl Service, 1967), who's long been interested in folklore (A Bag of Moonshine, 1986), creates three nursery tales distinguished by a folkloric lilt and his own fresh imagery. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An excellent edition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
One of the most respected British folklorists and stylists (The Owl Service, 1968, Carnegie Medal; Book of British Fairy Tales, 1985) narrates an old favorite in a muscular, forthright style, more succinct than Joseph Jacobs but equally colorful, building to a satisfyingly embellished final tumble for the giant. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 1986

"A fine source for storytelling or reading aloud; a worthy companion to Joseph Jacobs' standard versions."
Twenty-two more British fairy tales, retold by a master storyteller noted for his scrupulous rendering and poetic use of dialects. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 1981

"Except for that one really sinister mother, and an ogre or two, pretty much a non-experience—complete to the vacant full-color pictures."
An oddity, this: four picture-stories, printed on heavy coated stock, that together make up a thick, 6(apple)" by 9(apple)", 200-page volume. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 1981

"A handy little primer for the terminally tongue-tied."
A fairly lucid attempt at charting the twists and turns of everyday conversation for those who haven't mastered the art. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 1979

"Simple, profound, and splendidly clear, they will leave children as exhilarated as Joseph is when the personal significance of the smith-crafted weathercock, clock, bell and steeple bursts through: 'He knew something he didn't know."
In The Aimer Gate, the chronological third volume in the quartet that began with The Stone Book (p. 65, J-21), Joseph—who chose the smith's trade in Granny Reardon—is now reduced to making horseshoes for World War I and concerned that there might be nothing for his son Robert, still a boy, to "get aback of." Read full book review >
THE GUIZER by Alan Garner
Released: Aug. 16, 1976

"And if readers can't always be expected to follow Gamer's train of thought, he well might prod them to speculation of their own."
Garner begins his brief introduction by naming his subject, The Fool in folklore-but this is no collection of numbskull tales, though a few such anecdotes are included. Read full book review >
RED SHIFT by Alan Garner
Released: Oct. 15, 1973

"Mannered but intriguing."
Lovers in three centuries are linked by a stone axe but more by shared emotional realities. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN OF MOW by Alan Garner
Released: Oct. 2, 1970

"What appeal this has is in the getting there and that, despite nicely composed photos that break beautifully into color at times, is likely to seem quixotic to American children when it's not lost on them altogether."
Tempted by a signpost, two English boys are off to Mow Cop (cop: Brit. dial crest), a craggy, windswept village where they lark about and look for the Old Man of Mow as per the words painted on a rock. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1969

"If this series can be considered the aristocracy of anthologies, Alan Garner's contribution both maintains the literary standard and extends the base of interest—not only beyond the British Isles but back to beginnings."
Central to Alan Garner's offering of spirits and specters is the chapter entitled "The Secret Commonwealth" in which he expands upon his belief in fairies "as real people at war with their neighbors" (to quote from the introduction to another chapter), specifically, in Britain, the early inhabitants displaced by the Celts. Read full book review >
THE OWL SERVICE by Alan Garner
Released: Sept. 25, 1968

"An uncommon book for uncommon readers of some maturity."
The mystery of spirits loosed, of souls possessed, assumes a dimension beyond fantasy in Alan Garner's latest book, which is his finest if also his most elliptical. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1967

"In a reluctant afterward, Mr. Garner identifies his sources; he has already transcended them in a story that requires but repays close attention."
For Alan Garner, the power of Celtic myth is inseparable from the power of magic; as he renews the one he frees the other in a remarkable interpretation that leaves the reader wondering. Read full book review >
ELIDOR by Alan Garner
Released: April 1, 1967

"The obvious weaknesses are a certain flatness of style and the lack of definition of character, the stillborn aspect of faerieland: we don't know Elidor or the children intimately enough to care what happens to them, nor to regret, in the case of the children, that they are little touched by the sum of their experiences."
"The finding is chance. Wasteland and boundaries, places that are neither one thing nor the other, neither here nor there—these are the gates of Elidor." Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 1961

"He writes not in 'Americanese' but with the dialects and flavors of Olde England."
Goblins, dwarfs, demons and witches all with strange and ancient names, coming from equally alien sounding caves and hills, enter the lives of Colin and Susan, two quite modern children who, on a visit to a farm near Alderley Edge, England, are sucked into the legend of the Weirdstone of Brisingamen, recounted as an introduction to the main story. Read full book review >