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Robin of Sherwood

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  266 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
When a 12-year-old boy discovers a skull from an upturned grave, he feels suddenly weak. The trees swirl above him and he dreams the life of Robin Hood. Michael Morpurgo transforms a traditional legend into a dramatically suspenseful adventure story with an unforgettable ending. Full color.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1996)
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Blair Hodgkinson
This is an enjoyable young adult novel, and a decent retelling of the Robin Hood legend. The story is greatly simplified, but it is well-told overall with some clever twists and turns.

I would agree with other reviewers who found the present-day framing narrative around the story to be quite unnecessary to this book.

If one is looking for a decent young adult version of the legend this one stacks up somewhere in the middle, several notches above the recent A.C. Gaughen novel Scarlet and Kathryn L
Jessica Riben
Title: Robin of Sherwood
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Genre: Legend
Theme(s): good prevailing over evil, accepting others and caring for people less fortunate
Opening line/sentence: The had never been a storm like it.
Brief Book Summary:
This book is broken up into chapter. A twelve-year-old boy dreams about the life and adventures of Robin Hood. He lived in Sherwood Forest as an outlaw dedicated to fighting tyranny. Afraid of what is to come next, he continues to prepare for
Dec 30, 2015 Matilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy of today finds the skeleton of Robin Hood, a skeleton that holds many secrets.. he is whirled into a land of fantastic dreams, intense and exciting. He sees Robin as a boy with his father, he sees him rescuing his father from execution, going into Sherwood Forest, falling in love with Marion, helping the poor, ragged outlaws who live there. He sees Robin on many adventures to rid Sherwood of evil Prince John, and his sneaking accompanies, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisbourne. He ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Lars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about The True Story of Robin Hood. It all starts when a boy of today's dream turns to be a real story. Robin Hood always hated the Sheriff of Nottingham and loved to help the poor. He and his dad would always hunt the deer and give it to the poor, until one day the Sheriff of Nottingham's men capture Robin's dad and Robin is left alone in the forest. Then he is adopted by outlaws who own the woods and feed and help the poor as well. Robin soon becomes the leader, and he and his out ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robin of Sherwood is an adventure story of the well known tale of Robin of Sherwood forest. The main story line is consistent but new details are prevalent creating a new take on the fantastic suspenseful adventure. The story starts off in first person narration with a boy discovering a skull by his favourite tree. Reading on in a dream like state, the story transforms into the traditional tale of Robin Hood, which soon becomes the main plot. The depiction of the original tale is wonderful and t ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Celestia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From my son:

I really liked this book. I've always liked Robin Hood. I like most stories placed in Medieval times.
The main conflicts he had were with the sheriff and Sir Guy of Gizborn. He was fighting them because they put high taxes on the people of Nottingham. The high point of the story is when Robin Hood and his men pop out of the wheat and start attacking the sheriff's men. They end up winning with 35 casualties on Robin's side. King Richard gets rid of the taxes. Robin becomes a knight.
Mar 09, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is Michael Morpurgo's take on Robin Hood and you can tell straight away when we get the typical Morpurgo framing device at the start (and at the end). I can see how this would be useful for many stories to relate to the context but Robin Hood is so well known it just isn't necessary here.

The story itself isn't anything special. It's a decent enough re-telling of the Robin Hood legend but nothing is really added here and large chunks of time are skipped over where apparently nothing interes
Anne Hamilton
Dec 21, 2012 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Yep, it's another book by Michael Morpurgo with his trademark framing story. This one's a winner.

A boy spends a fearful night with his grandmother in the tiny room under the stairs, lit by guttering candles, as a hurricane rages outside. In the morning he races out to see if "his" tree, a great oak in a high valley, has survived. He is devastated to see it has been entirely uprooted. As he clambers down into the crater made by its overthrow, he finds a silver arrowhead, a hollow cow's horn, a l
The tale is old, and been retold so many times. The young man of Sherwood Forest. Fighting for the poor and trying to rescue his king. This timeless tale has once again been told, and while the main parts of the legend are not changed, some of the finer details are. Marion is an albino forced to live in the forest as she, and the other outlaws have been cast out of the town. Robin, happens upon them during the rescue of his father, who has been blinded by the Sheriff. The rest of the story is no ...more
Jun 24, 2011 CB rated it really liked it
Through a careful combination of age-appropriate text and beautiful illustrations, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have made the ancient story of Robin Hood accessible to a 21st-century audience. The story begins with the first person narration of a twelve-year-old boy living in contemporary England. After a terrible storm topples his favorite tree, the boy finds the bones of Robin Hood beneath the roots. This experience plunges him into a dream, which is, or was, the reality of the Sherwoo ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book but maybe it's more suitable for someone older than me (I'm only 9
Kieran Roper
Oct 23, 2015 Kieran Roper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People wanting an imaginative and fun book, with an inspiring and epic adventure.
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Chent Higson
Nov 13, 2013 Chent Higson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Ilaria Tomasini
Jun 06, 2016 Ilaria Tomasini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting version of the legend of Robin Hood. Marian is an albino and the outlaws are hunchbacks, lepers, all people who had been sent away from Nottingham.
Sophie Sawbridge
This book was so quick to read and was really gripping for a book I was reading for work. I can't wait to use it in my English lessons with the children next term.
Aug 04, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now reprinted and retirled 'Outlaw' in March 2012this book is no longer available as Robin of Sherwood.

This books is fantastic and I think children would be riveted to this from start to finish. My only criticism is the 'dream' scenario, which is perhaps a tad outdated now with today's modern audience who are more adventerous, but it does retell the story of Robin Hood beautifully and the description is fantastic. This could be a good book for reluctant boy readers, although there is some comple
Mya Veenendaal
May 15, 2015 Mya Veenendaal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book I couldn't put it down
Courtney Clark
It keeps a pretty close relationship with the classic tales, with a few notable differences. Being myself, every change rankled, but all in all a great story.
Dec 10, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
This was fine, but I wasn't sure about the framing device of a modern-day boy discovering Robin Hood's bones and having a flash-back of his life. Very unnecessary. I also wasn't sure if Morpurgo was taking liberties or going back to a more accurate version of the story but certain elements (such as Marion being an albino) were a little strange to me.
It's a decent enough book to get "young adults" interested in the story but not as good as I wanted it to be.
I thought that this book was very adventurous and sometimes a little sad. This book follows the life of a young boy named Robin and his adventures in Sherwood forest. Out of 5 I would probably give this book a 4 because it was entertaining, made you smile and sometimes made you want to cry.
Outlaw was one of the best books I ever read.
It was really exciting and adventurous.
It was a really interesting perspective on the life of Robin Hood.
I was particularly interested in Marion's story.
It made me really sad at the ending and I think you would know why.
I would recommend this book for mature readers (around 10 or older) and people who like history and adventure.
Anja Vasilyeva
Apr 13, 2015 Anja Vasilyeva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond het wel een zeer geslaagd boek, vooral heel spannend en afgestemd op de jeugd van vandaag. Wat ik vooral goed vond was dat er zeer weinig langdurige beschrijvingen waren, waardoor ik vaak afgeleid geraak en dat er meer spannende acties waren waardoor je verder wil lezen. Minpuntje: redelijk veel oude woorden, die ik eerst even moest opzoeken vooraleer ik verder kon met lezen.
Dec 10, 2012 Krissy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok there was alot of swearing in this book and alot of blood and killing and it was in the olden days so there was hanging in it and there eyes were cut out too as a punishment but rather than that it was pretty good.
Arman Izadi
Jun 22, 2011 Arman Izadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amzaing. Absolutely beautiful. A very good book wich gave an amazing depiction of the classic tale. It held me at bay with it's descriptive and great story. The very style of depiction is worthy of great praise.
Feb 15, 2013 FoundAlaska rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
It was nice but sometimes I completely lost the story, especially in the end. As a child I used to love this book but apparently I've outgrown it. Still a recommendation for children though.
Feb 20, 2014 Parinita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I thought the first and last chapters linking the story to the present were a tad unnecessary but the rest of the book was a fast, enjoyable read.
Morpurgo does a great job adapting classic stories with a good mix of tradition and original material, and the artwork is fabulous.
Paddy Kilcar
Jan 23, 2013 Paddy Kilcar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT: Why did Robin,Friar Tuck and Little John have to die :(
Apr 17, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a really interesting retelling of this story
Aug 07, 2010 Maninee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely brilliant!
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Michael has worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, TV adverts, and even for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses. As well as illustrating many of his own books, Michael has illustrated over a hundred books for authors such as Shakespeare, J. M. Barrie, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. Michael has travelled widely - to Africa, Japan, the Arctic Circ ...more
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