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The Adventures of Robin Hood

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  2,293 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The classic story of the man who robbed from the rich to give to the poor comes alive with vibrant illustrations from celebrated artist Greg Hildebrandt. Escape to Sherwood Forest and join the jolly Fellowship of the Greenwood with these rollicking tales of the celebrated archer and gentleman thief. Lively episodes introduce each of the famous merry men and other colorful ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Running Press Kids (first published 1891)
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Huda Aweys
و مين فينا ماحلمش في يوم يكون روبن هود
Apr 21, 2015 Valerie rated it it was ok
I plan on reading more retellings of Robin Hood so I figured why not read the original? Or at least one of the more original ones. This is why I read it, and also it is a free e-book. I hope the retellings are better. Not that this was bad. It just felt like a lot of short stories about the same person. And short stories are never my favorite. The stories were interesting but too simplistic for me.

Some of the chapters felt kind of repetitive even though they are all different and set up in a seq
Angela Blount
Oct 30, 2014 Angela Blount rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A delightful short-story collection recounting the origins and legendary escapades of England's most famous outlaw.

Aside from the anthropomorphic Disney version, and the occasional satire, this reader's Robin Hood experience was pretty limited. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this read turned out to be. Robin Hood himself is a wry, puckish character with a consistent moral code and a boyish sort of enthusiasm for freedom. With unparalleled charisma an a knack for improvisation under
Feb 09, 2011 Tori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, classics
The reason I found this book interesting is because for all the Robin Hood based stories I've seen, I don't think I've actually read the original base stories such as these. Also, it was cool to read something and think, "Hey! I saw something like that in Hood by Lawhead. Or, "Look, that's something used in Ivanho!"
Aug 28, 2016 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is basically a superhero comic book from before Marvel and DC were a thing and I’m super into it.

I remember almost nothing of the Robin Hood mythos other than the whole “stole from the rich, gave to the poor, had the hots for Maid Marian” thing, so it was really fun to hear some of the stories and be reintroduced to the characters. I get how it could seem repetitive, but – well, with every new chapter, I’d have a new favourite character.

This book was a delight – just a romp and a half, an
Laura Verret
Jan 10, 2015 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodwill-finds
I’ve reviewed another picture book-ish version of Robin Hood here – The Adventures of Robin Hood – and now I review this book, Robin Hood. Based on J. Walter McSpadden’s version of Robin Hood’s exploits, this book begins the story of Robin Hood with his earlier and more peaceful existence as the son of Head Forester, Hugh Fitzooth, and works its way through the Sheriff’s treacherous treatment of his father and Robin’s eventual outlawing. Then come the more familiar tales of the golden arrow, Wil ...more
Katie Boisen
Jun 08, 2016 Katie Boisen rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-614
'Robin Hood' is a classic tale of Robert of Lockesley and his heroic adventures in and out of Sherwood Forest. Every chapter includes a new and daring adventure where Robert, who is nicknamed Robin of the Hood, Robin Hood, has found himself in some situation where he is either fooling the Sheriff or Bishop of Nottingham out of riches to give to the poor or meeting someone whom he frolics (fights) with and most of the time, wins! Twists and turns will engage the reader through this humorous yet h ...more
May 16, 2016 Hosanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Robin Hood is a classic that is both an entertaining and exciting read! I enjoyed getting to know the Merry Men and their leader Robin Hood through this book. Every chapter is a new adventure that they embark upon in the wondrous woods of Sherwood Forest. I didn't necessarily agree with how the characters acted in this book, robbing from the rich, but it was a fantastic story.
There were several words that today are considered as inappropriate language, but back then they weren't spoken with the
Nov 22, 2013 Carina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did like this retelling of the classic tale of Robin Hood. It was just how I would have pictured it, and I even learned something about the plot that I hadn't known before. I recommend this for anyone who wants a light read, as this is a nice quick to read book.
May 06, 2016 Jaimie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always been a fan of the Robin Hood legends, and I’ve read plenty of the modern adaptations of the stories, but somehow I’ve missed reading anything even close to the traditional myths until now. The legends originated as part of the oral storytelling traditions in England, so obviously there are no “definitive editions” that collect all the legends, but this book seems to tread relatively close to what could be considered authentic. McSpadden draws heavily on Howard Pyle’s compendium for a ...more
Inge (Inge1990)
Everybody knows the story of Robin Hood from Disney. I decided to read one of the more original stories of Robin Hood. This book contains 24 stories (or chapters, but they are all little stories).

Sometimes this book is quite repetitive which is a shame. It should be possible to write 24 short stories about Robin Hood without repeating yourself.

In addition, and I’m sorry to have to admit this.. I always found Robin Hood a great guy, stealing for the poor, loving his Mirjam. Well he still loves
Книжни Криле
Преди време отразихме страхотното издание на „Алиса в Страната на чудесата” от ик „Бард”, с илюстрациите на негово величество Грег Хилдебранд. Приказната поредица обаче съдържа още едно заглавие, в което се е разписал маестрото. Това е легендата за Робин Худ, преразказана от Дж. Уокър Макспадън. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":
Another unfinished book. It's basically a collection of short stories centred on a similar plot - Robin (or one of his merry men) encounter someone, fight, and then invite him to join their band. There's lots of quothing, and thous as though the 19th century author was attempting to evoke the language of the 12th century. It did put me to sleep a number of times, but I just couldn't stand it anymore.
I also found the Librivox reader was very stilted. A lot of other listeners seem to like him, bu
Aug 17, 2011 Bethany rated it liked it
Unlike many Robin Hood books aimed at children, McSpadden's telling does not focus on a single episode from the legends, instead devoting about a full-text page to each tale. Interestingly, because this book is adapted from a novel a great deal more detail about the beginning and end of Robin's life is included in the telling. The reader is actually given a good idea when the stories are set and it is explained why Robin lives as an outlaw, which is a rarity in adaptations aimed at children.

Jan 09, 2012 04mattl rated it really liked it
The version of The Adventures of Robin Hood that I read and am writing this review for was written by Howard Pyle and is a Landoll Classic, that version is not on Goodreads. The adventures of Robin Hood is a good book about a man who takes from the rich and gives to the poor. This story is a good one for people of all ages that want to hear the legend of Robin Hood. The main problem or issue the book addresses is how Robin of Locksley, becomes Robin of the Hood or otherwise known as Robin Hood. ...more
Do you think its possible for their to be a mean policemen and a good thief. Whether you do or do not believe this I still suggest you take a look at the book Robin Hood and his Merry Outlaws, because it will either strengthen your belief in good outlaws and bad policemen or it will completely change your perspective if you don’t believe there is such a thing. Robin Hood and his Merry Outlaws follows the story of a young man named Robin of Locksley who was the son of the head forester and had as ...more
May 15, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister absolutely loves Robin Hood, and has since she was young. I grew up playing with staffs and swords in our back yard, pretending to be Robin and Little John. So it's a little embarrassing to admit that I've never read any Robin Hood tellings before. But I have seen the 1991 movie version, and the Disney version! And, perhaps not surprisingly?, they matched quite close. I liked that this had a few chapters of background (I hadn't known that Robin and Marian were childhood friends, and th ...more
Mike Meathook
Sep 10, 2015 Mike Meathook rated it liked it
this is the first time I read the original. very torn. there's not really much of a flowing narrative, just a lot of things that just happen. and I really wish I didn't know that last chapter. on the other hand, Robin is shown in this one not like some kind of invincible hero, but someone who is skilled at a lot of things, but doesn't mind losing (and frequently does), and takes it as a learning experience.
Concetta Phillipps
I found the original story of Robin Hood charming and entertaining. I think a lot of people want Robin Hood to be the Disney-fied version of the story, and its not, not really. Robin Hood isn't especially noble and sometimes does things Disney Robin wouldn't agree with.

But for a fascinating tale of epic adventure, I think this fits the bill.
Jul 31, 2011 Karina1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many books that can tell the mythical story of Robin Hood, but not as lively as J. Walker did. The book starts on how he came to be known as the outlaw, to the day that he died. Every chapter contains a new adventure that would lead to another. But I enjoyed reading the stories on how he met the members of his group, and the mischiefs he would to the Sheriff of Nottingham.

I really liked how this book also taught me the way they spoke during the time, which really lets you live in that
Nov 17, 2014 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love a good Robin Hood narrative, with the deep friendships in the Greenwood bringing hilarity and compassion by turn, the building of a fellowship based on the longing to protect the weak in the face of tyranny, the return of the king who brings true justice at last. Even the hard ending which wraps an uneasy tension over the whole story--I even love that part of the Robin Hood narrative. As McSpadden wrote this at the close of the 19th century it stands in the camp of the older Hood literatu ...more
Aaron Schwartz
Jul 27, 2014 Aaron Schwartz rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, fiction
I had a great time with this book. It's just a damn good adventure. And a lot of "See that thing? Bet I can shoot it. Ok I did-HAHA let's all have some ale that we stole." Loved it.
Andreia Nuno
Jul 05, 2016 Andreia Nuno rated it it was amazing
That is there not to love about the original stories of the most famous English outlaw?

The book starts with the story of a young Robert (later Robin of the Hood) and his father Hugh Fitzooth, going through the betrayal against his father and all the adventures against corruption and of course the famous villain, the Sheriff of Nottingham. As the reader advances in the book, familiar tales and beloved characters appear, like Lady Marian and Little John. The descriptions of the surroundings and th
Thomas Rowe
Jun 11, 2016 Thomas Rowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

An excellent retelling of the legendary archer. This story shows Robin Hood without the alterations that Hollywood has given him.
There is a lot more to this story than the Disney version lets on. There are so many different characters and adventures that it kept me engaged in the story.
Emma Northington
Dec 02, 2015 Emma Northington rated it really liked it
EXCITING, ADVENTUROUS. That is exactly what Robinhood is.
I also recommend Ivanhoe!
Mar 22, 2014 Carlijne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rianna
My goodness, what a beautiful story. I have always been interested in stories like these, with chivalry and knights and archers, but this was the absolute best. I love it, and I think I always will.
R. G. Nairam
I need to re-read for a story review, but the illustrations are amazing.
Jul 31, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
(Librivox recording. Read by Barry Eads) This is a light-hearted story with a dark underside. Easy listening.
Sep 14, 2016 Lyra rated it liked it
Not as good as the Howard Pyle version, but still enjoyable.
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