The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear: WINNER - BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 01/06/2017
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The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit with rabbits is a winning combination!
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit with rabbits, need I say more? The Gorm immediately reminded me of the ringwraiths, rabbits corrupted by the power of iron. ... READ MORE
Laura  at Waterstones Cardiff
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Discover A Long Eared Hero!
My first book I bought with my own pocket money was a copy of Hagbane's Doom. Talking animals, an evil witch and a tale of good against evil. I was hook... READ MORE
Nicole @WstonesHemel
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
The start of a classic adventure series
Podkin is the spoilt, lazy son of the chieftain of Munbury warren whose quite life is destroyed when the Gorm attack in search of one of the Twelve Gifts. ... READ MORE
Sharon at Maidstone
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
An instant modern classic and a must read bedtime story for little ones and big ones alike!
The best children's book I've read since actually being a child. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime and not just for 9-12 year olds - this is the kind of... READ MORE
Ellie at Waterstones Blackpool
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
One of the best children's fantasy books that I've read. A real adventure about becoming the best version of yourself and fighting evil. Brilliant characte... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Hoppingly good book
It’s a bit cliched and I don’t often say it, so here goes. This is an instant classic and will be read for decades as a favourite of adults and children wh... READ MORE
Stephen B at Darlington
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
I'm Head Over Heels in Love
A wonderful, old-fashioned feeling adventure with beautiful illustrations. Written from the point of view of a travelling Bard which gives it great pace an... READ MORE
Esmee Sturrock
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
So I'm going to be honest with you all, because reviews are meant to be honest and I don't want you guys to be misled in to buying this. I did not really... READ MORE
Issy at Cribbs Causeway
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Storytelling at it's greatest!
The story starts with a mysterious storytelling rabbit who travels from warren to warren sharing his stories. This time he's sharing the story of Podkin ... READ MORE
Ellen At Salisbury
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Podkin ( the new Bilbo Baggins) meets the Gorm- Borg-like rabbits
I have never wanted to read Watership Down and wasn't keen on reading a "bunny" fantasy initially. However within the first few pages I changed my mind. ... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Are you ready for a good tale on a cold wintery night? There is a bard at the door, and he is ready to tell you a story... I really enjoyed this story: t... READ MORE
MM at Cribbs
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
A gem of an adventure story
I simply adored this book, a brilliant story that could draw a lot of comparison to The Hobbit/LOTR. Beautifully illustrated throughout with a great cast o... READ MORE
Rich at Plymouth Drake Circus
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Best children's book I have read in some time!
Bloomin' brilliant, this enchanting blend of Watership Down and The Hobbit is honestly the best new kid’s book I have read in years and is deserving of it’... READ MORE
Emma Prince at Portsmouth
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Adventurous rabbits
A great start to a series about the young Podkin One-Ear. Full of adventure, magic, laughs and story-telling. A worthy winner of the Blue Peter Book Award.... READ MORE
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
I look forward to the next in the series...
Podkin and his two siblings (the baby is so darn cute) make a bunny Baudelaire-esque trio who escape the evil Gorm (Orc-like rabbits). They face danger whe... READ MORE
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
A Wonderful Choice for BOTM!
I read this book in preparation for it being the June 2017 Waterstones Children's Book of the Month and I am so glad I did as it was really wonderful. A 9... READ MORE
Kelly at Aviemore
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
One of the best children's fantasy novels I have read in a very long time! Action packed adventure from cover to cover. I could barely put it down! It ... READ MORE
Kathy at UEA
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
The first in a new fantastic trilogy to dive into!
I get passionate when talking about this book, and how we need more like it! It's very easy to read through and I'm excited to read the next in the series... READ MORE
Kadi at Torquay
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Adventure all the way
I have to admit when I picked this up I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I have. It reminded me a little of the Hobbit. Replace the hobbits with rab... READ MORE


Crunch, crunch. Crunch, crunch. The sound of heavy footsteps, trudging through knee-deep snow, echoes through the night’s silence. A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Moonlight dances over it, glinting here and there in drifts of sparkles, as if someone has sprinkled the whole scene with diamond dust. Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin's home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known. Combining something of the grand drama of Richard Adams’ Watership Down and Brian Jacques' Redwall in an adventure worthy of Patrick Rothfuss, our Children’s Book of the Month firmly sits author Kieran Larwood in the top flight of children’s fantasy fiction. Stunningly illustrated throughout by The Hobbit and Alan Garner artist David Wyatt, this tale of how young rabbit Podkin ultimately rises to become a legendary warrior recently bagged the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story. Exclusively for Waterstones, our edition also sports spectacular cover artwork by animator and illustrator Fernando Juarez. Kieran Larwood was born in Kenya, but has lived most of his life in the UK, for many years on the Isle of Wight where he currently lives. His books include the Five Realms Series: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear and The Gift of Dark Hollow. He is also the author of The Peculiars, a novel about an intrepid group of Victorian misfits, which won the Times/Chicken House Children's Ficiton Prize in 2011. He’s a distant relative of the famous cricketer Harold Larwood (although he’s keen to stress that he can’t bowl for toffee).

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571340200
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 279g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Redwall meets the Dark Crystal…
… that could have been a match made in heaven. But instead, the book feels underwhelming compared to other animal and anthropomorphic-fiction. It seems to ... READ MORE
Yasmin Foster
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
'A wonderfully inventive & beautiful tale'
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear is truly a superb novel and wonderful storytelling. It's so clever with the concept of a story within a story, which is so tra... READ MORE
Luke Emmett
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Amazing book
I loved this book one of my favourite books ever. I recommend for all 11+ animal lovers! I loved how it showed how small things can do great things with ti... READ MORE
Jacqueline Hughes
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
The most warm hearted ending to one of the most amazing books I've ever read!! With similar stuff to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books but as unique a... READ MORE
Hayley Bryan
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
The Hero's Journey - with added rabbits
There is nothing better than a classic coming of age story; the young hero, reluctant at first, grows into the leader he was born to be as the adventure un... READ MORE
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
100% enjoyable
Amazing book, shows how anyone can become a hero. I would thoroughly recommend for all ages 10 and up because there are some gory scenes, but the gory bit... READ MORE
Jacqueline Hughes
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Really Magical!
I absolutely adored this book and raced through it in a matter of hours! It is a really great adventure story that dash of ‘Watership Down’ and a touch of ... READ MORE
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
A great fantasy
A great fantasy - Robin Hood, Dickens and daleks. I enjoyed it all the way, and I bet many kids will too.
Annette Islei
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
A brilliant story-within-a-story with a great ending
I read this to my year 5 class (aged 9-10). They loved the characters and the ending had some of them jumping out their chairs in surprise! The first book ... READ MORE
Joseph Casey