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The masterpiece of children’s literature—and Howard Pyle’s finest creation—now in a beautiful new edition. The beloved adventures of Robin Hood come vividly to life in this wonderful illustrated version by renowned storyteller Howard Pyle. Deep in Sherwood Forest, the legendary Robin Hood—the brave, good-humored outlaw the whole world loves—proves himself the best in EnglaThe masterpiece of children’s literature—and Howard Pyle’s finest creation—now in a beautiful new edition. The beloved adventures of Robin Hood come vividly to life in this wonderful illustrated version by renowned storyteller Howard Pyle. Deep in Sherwood Forest, the legendary Robin Hood—the brave, good-humored outlaw the whole world loves—proves himself the best in England with his bow. Here are all the exciting tales of how Little John, Will Scarlet, Allan a Dale, and Friar Tuck joined his merry band of men . . . Robin Hood’s breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham . . . and one hilarious escapade after another filled with quick action, scheming villains, and great surprises. Days of old bursting with pageantry, knights, and beautiful maidens return in a superb edition of this favorite classic story....

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Reviews

  • Karen
    2018-09-29 10:18

    Seldomly I've been so touched by a book as I was by Robin Hood. From the very beginning it was a lighthearted and happy tale of an outlaw and his adventures, told in a careless, joyful and entertaining language - depicting Robin Hood not as a criminal, but a lovely young man with a sharp wit, sense of humour and excellent skills with the bow. He is the king of his band of men yet they are equal, he shows mercy for the needing and sympathy for the weak. You wish him all good in the world and it is with a somewhat heavy heart that you wish him a good journey with the King of England when he "grows up", and you shed tears when he returns to Sherwood after years of service to the King, even more so when his band of men all return to him. Even so, all things good must end and you feel like you've lost your dearest cousin, the one that was your favourite because he was charming, witty and wellmannered, as well as he had a pure heart...farewell Robin Hood, may you rest in peace.--I do realise that this story is nothing but fiction based upon folklore and that the real Robin Hood might not have been worth the glory...nevertheless he is an interesting character and I believe that Pyle has managed to create a real hero with his interpretation of him. I love Robin Hood more now than I did as child, watching countless movies and cartoons about him, most of these inspired by this tale. But nothing beats the "real thing", so to say, and I feel that my childhood hero has gained a stronger place in my heart.

  • Rob
    2018-10-05 13:25

    Marry, I didst learn to prate e'en as those stout fellows did in Merry Old England. 'Tis true, there are other accounts of Bold Robin's merry doings, but this one, I wot, pleases me most of them all. By the bright eyes of the lass I love best, I'll say you, do you give yon 'Bloody Quaker' the chance, thou wilt likewise fall, willy-nilly, under his spell, both with the pen, and the brush, for he is a fair hand with both, withal.And to whoever did lightly reave away my copy (I've since obtained another) ten years gone, a murrain upon thee!

  • Steven Walle
    2018-09-19 12:08

    This was a wonderful reread from my childhood. A wonderful romp through the Sherwood forest with Robin and his merry men. A tale of good and evil stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.I recommend to all.Enjoy and Be Blessed.PS It makes it a lot more fun if you read it aloud to a child.Diamond

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2018-10-07 10:12

    I liked this book until the end...I wont ruin it for those of you who have not read it...but after you read it I think you will understand what I mean. Another iconic character that has evolved to this day (Green Arrow and Hawkeye).

  • Liz Janet
    2018-10-15 14:10

    I did a review for the BBC series, it is not as historically accurate as I would like, but I love it nonetheless.Robin Hood: He Shot An Arrow Through My Heart

  • Steve Hemmeke
    2018-09-18 06:23

    A rollicking good time. This long version by traditional storyteller Howard Pyle hums with the merriment of Robin's band of brothers. Their adventures involve bringing justice to folks in need, at the expense of the apathetic or oppressive rich and powerful passing near Sherwood forest.It struck me that Robin Hood presents some lessons from the 1200s on masculinity, which we might not learn in our culture. The typical reference to Robin's merry men today tends to be an off color homosexual reference, which only shows how little we understand true masculinity.1. Good men are quick to laugh, not because they are fools but because they pursue a life of joy.2. True men can laugh at themselves. They are not so caught up in their ego, pride or machismo that they don't see when they have BEEN the joke.3. Real men aren't afraid of others of superior ability, but invite them to join them in common cause. This strengthens them in a community that depends on others. It is amazing how many times Robin loses a fight, then asks the winner to join him.4. Men trust other friends with their lives. We need friends to share our fight, walk our road, and tell our stories with us.Be a real man like Robin Hood.I'm not sure it was intended originally, but the premise presents a powerful parallel with David, outlawed from Saul in 1 Samuel. Both David and Robin gather those indebted or out of favor or outlawed to the king. Both are really in the right and will be vindicated in the future. Both work for the good of the kingdom (and themselves) before that time comes, by plundering God's enemies. Both are pursued by the oppressive authorities (Saul, the Sheriff), but are vindicated by higher authorities (God, King Richard).

  • Dave Skaff
    2018-09-20 12:06

    Pretty much the first thing every new Kindle owner does is download a shitload of free classics. And hey why not? They're much lauded - and free! And among that set for me was this book.I loved the Robin Hood tales as a child, read some other more kid-friendly versions of it time and time again as a boy and so I thought I'd tackle the original* here. And? It was awesome. If you liked it then you'll like it now. Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet - the whole band is there, frolicking and robbing and carrying on. What I didn't recall, however, is that this book is *funny*. Robin has a wicked sense of humor and the dialogue is witty! A bit cartoonish even. So I dug that this trip around.*I asterisked original here because, there really is no original. After reading this I was prompted to read all of the Wikipedia entries about Robin Hood and the evolution of his tales. This version by Pyle is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern and well known tale, but it was neither the beginning nor the end. Check the Wikipedia entry if you're curious for more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_HoodHappy hunting.

  • Kirsten
    2018-10-01 09:19

    This was I genuinely life altering book for me. I read it for a 12th grade book report and I absolutely loved it. This one book sparked a revolution in my reading habits. No longer was I a participant of the young adult genre, devouring books like Harry Potter or The Series of Unfortunate Events(and that's nit to say I don't like them anymore or that I think they're stupid, I still love them), I now belonged to a more scholarly class of literature. A whole new world was opened up for me. In the beginning of this story, through a course of events, young Robin eventually takes someones life. The story later foes on to narrate that Robin had made a vow never to take another life in vain. I think that this was the cause of Robin's life long sacrifice. I think that he felt guilty for taking something that wasn't his to take and he vowed to make amends by righting any wrong that, to any degree, replicated the injustice he caused. The book doesn't outrightly state any of this, it's just a theory of my own. That, I think, gives Robin some depth, and thats why I love this book. Any book that holds some wider philosophical, ethical or spiritual significance is a great book by me!

  • Katy
    2018-09-26 09:21

    Read this one over time using the Serial Reader App for iPad. Each installment was another adventure for the "merry men." The first few were the joining of several characters to the band of men. And such a sad ending that I had no idea had happened.

  • Ahmed
    2018-10-02 14:26

    تجميع لأشهر قصص ومغامرات روبن هود بدءاً من تحوله لمجرم مرورا بإختفائه في غابة شيروودوتكوين عصابته المكونة من ويل ستوتلي وجون الصغير وآلان آديل وويل سكاريت و ماتش الطحانومغامراته مع المأمور وحصوله على السهم الذهبيوطريقه للوصول لحاشية الملك ريتشارد قلب الأسدثم موته في محبسه عام 1247

  • Holly
    2018-09-21 09:08

    At my high school, I have to read 500 pages worth of classic books. I'm not the kind of girl to fawn over Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. I wanted an interesting classic, so I picked up Robin Hood (because who doesn't like him?) I was especially drawn to him thanks to a recent viewing of Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Thank you, Mel Brooks.Anyway. Back to the book. I was concerned about the whole "steals from the rich and give to the needy" at first because the whole premise seemed to be this: Robin meets a strong stranger. They fight until Robin is overcome. Robin toots his bugle to get his merry men to come. Robin asks the stranger to become part of his band. Stranger accepts. They get drunk. The End.The characters were actually pretty diverse and entertaining. I think the constant meeting of new characters helped the story because we would learn a person's story every few pages and then see how Robin and Little John either tried to help them or asked them to join their band.And there was some action, too! I guess that's kind of obvious. The villains constantly getting outsmarted is always fun to see. You can't help but want to laugh at them and say "Didn't you learn the last time?"If anyone else has to read classics for school, this is a good one. They do talk a little funny and it's a tad hard to understand at times, but you get used to the rhythm quickly.

  • E.F.B.
    2018-09-25 10:30

    3 stars stands for, “Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Just kinda feel meh about it.”FYI: I listened to this on audio book.I was a teeny tad disappointed in this book. I had hoped it would be a lot more fun that it was, and it was fun in some places, but in others it was, IMO, boring/unneeded, and there were things about the writing style that drove me absolutely bonkers.Things started out pretty well. I thought the way the narrator talks to the reader in the prologue and asks you to take his hand so he can lead you on this adventure was rather charming. I was all like, “Teehee! Okie dokie!”But by the epilogue when the narrator releases your hand to go your separate ways, I was feeling a lot more like,I’m sad that I felt that way because this book is a classic and Robin Hood was in interesting character, but WOW it was way longer than it needed to be. Like I said above, there were some fun parts. I enjoyed the episodic events that I would say are the most familiar to the general public: Robin Hood and Little John’s first meeting, the various archery tournaments, and King Richard pardoning Robin Hood. I also enjoyed the few chapters that involved Queen Elanor (sp?). While I wasn’t previously familiar with her involvement in the story it was just really nice to have a female character who actually did something. (Speaking of female characters, I don’t think I heard a single mention of Maid Marion in this entire story. If someone knows of a version of Robin Hood where she was actually featured, I would appreciate it if you pointed it out to me, because I was disappointed she wasn’t there.)On the other side of things, however, many of the episodic events in this story were repetitive to the point of becoming predictable and boring: You know how Robin Hood and Little John actually fought each other when they first met? Well, it turns out that happened with quite a few of the other merry men, too. It seemed like nearly everyone they met in Sherwood forest either fought Robin or Little John with staffs, or competed with one or the other in archery, or a battle of wits. I just got tired of it quickly, and even reached a point where my brain was totally tuning out while I listened, but when I tuned back in, I didn’t feel like I had missed anything because the same kind of things kept happening.And then there were the songs. I don’t mind songs or poetry being featured in stories in general. I mean, I love Tolkien’s writing and he certainly had plenty of those in his books. But what I need from songs in stories is for them to either build the characters, build the world, or move the story along. In general, the songs sung by the characters in this book did none of this and they were also way too long. For example, there was one point where some of the characters just wanted to compare their singing voices and the songs they knew, and I literally had to sit and listen while three different characters sang three different songs. Not little samples of songs, mind you, they sang the ENTIRE SONG and the songs were just merry little tunes about silly things that had nothing to do with actual story. Then there was a point where Robin and his men spied on Friar Tuck when he was sitting there under a tree drinking and talking to himself like he was two different people having a conversation, and then those “two people” decided to sing a song where one “person” sang one part the other “person” sang the replying parts. It was funny at first and did build his character a little, I’ll admit, but then he Just. Kept. Singing. It truly reached a point where, when someone started singing, I automatically hit fast forward because I just plain didn’t care anymore.And the writing. Never have I seen such flowery writing outside of Shakespeare, not to mention so many repetitive descriptors in all my reading life! Nearly everyone was described as “merry” at some point in the book, and if I ever hear someone described as “lusty” or “saucy” again, I will scream and throw things.By the time I got to the epilogue I was soooooo ready to finish the story, but it wasn’t even over yet! The epilogue was actually twenty minutes long on audio and detailed the end of Robin Hood’s life, which I totally wasn’t expecting. It was pretty sad what happened to him too, because after escaping his enemies so many times (view spoiler)[ He actually got a fever and when his men took him to a nunnery to see his cousin who was supposed to be good a leeching, she apparently didn’t like Robin and decided to kill him to get on the good side of his enemies. Instead of cutting a shallow vein to bleed him, she cut an artery and locked him in the room. He didn’t realize he was in trouble until it was too late, and though Little John tried to help him, Robin still died, having bled to death.(hide spoiler)]What a way to go. :/ I did, however, find myself liking Robin as a person even more than before after this, because even as he died he was compassionate towards those who did him wrong. Though I would have preferred to finish things on a happy note rather than know how Robin Hood died, his attitude of forgiveness even in the face of death meant a lot to me and it earned him a lot of respect in my eyes.All of that said, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. I didn’t hate it and didn’t find anything outright objectionable in it, but I just didn’t love it either. Seeing how I got so tired of it at one point that I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish it, I don’t feel I can even be generous enough to give it four stars, so three stars it will remain.Content advisory for those who want to know: I believe that, technically, this book is considered a children’s classic. There was no sexual content in this book that I can recall. There was lots of fighting, some killing, and some brief mentions of blood, but the descriptions of this violence were very flowery (like the rest of the book) and not graphic or intense. There is also quite a bit of drinking of ale and other alcoholic beverages that goes on throughout and people rarely seem to suffer ill-effects from it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Nikki
    2018-09-27 10:09

    Read this for my Robin Hood module, as with Ivanhoe. This is the second book which I just couldn't read as anything but an English Literature student; my lit student hat remained firmly jammed upon my head. It pains me to read other people's reviews and thoughts on this, given that they're so wildly inaccurate about it. E.g. someone thinking it was "the" book of Robin Hood (and not knowing about the ballad tradition, or the forerunners to this such as Ivanhoe). Or someone thinking it's written in Old English (see also: my review of Ivanhoe). Seriously, no, guys. It's not even Middle English. It's faux-Middle English in parts, but it isn't even that old a text, for God's sake. Even Shakespeare (late 1500s/early 1600s) was writing in Modern English. This was written in 1883 or so, right? About as Anglo-Saxon as what I'm writing right now!And then people thinking this is "the" book, the original. Sheesh. Obviously, a lot of the stories come straight from the surviving ballads -- perhaps all; I haven't read every single Robin Hood ballad. They're expanded upon by Howard Pyle, in that he writes them out as a coherent narrative and with all the same characters recurring, and obviously it's not in verse. It's a pretty sanitised version, given that Robin rarely kills as an outlaw: once when he becomes an outlaw (as opposed to the fifteen he kills in the original ballad, Robin Hood's Progress to Nottingham) and once when he kills Guy of Gisborne (and unlike in the ballad, he doesn't cut Guy's face off). It wasn't obvious that it was an adaptation for children, from the language -- it's not exactly difficult, but nor is it easy or exciting. Still, in the time period, perhaps that's not surprising. (I should have some basis of comparison, given my Introduction to Children's Literature course, but I can't bring anything to mind right now.) The sanitisation gave it away rather, in any case.I did get kind of bored reading it, honestly. Each tale is more or less the same -- they're practically all "Robin meets his match" stories, and at the end the stout yeoman will join the band. The writing isn't intensely exciting, as I mentioned. I did enjoy it, and possibly would have enjoyed it more in small doses. And, of course, it's very episodic so it can easily be read in small chunks.It's, ah, one of the more 'homosocial' Robin Hood stories I've read, honestly. There are two or three mentions of Marian, at most, and she doesn't come into it as a character at all -- I half-expected a chapter that came from Robin Hood and Maid Marian. And Will Scarlet is so very, very camp. And Little John and Robin are so very very close. It kind of read like a slashfic of Robin Hood, sometimes.I will confess, the epilogue made me want to cry. Oh, Robin. Incidentally, apparently tales of Robin's death are quite rare, and this is one of the few.(Note: If anyone wants links to the ballads, or indeed, this book, online, I know where the book can be downloaded legally as an ebook, and where the ballads are collected online.)

  • Brian
    2018-10-04 07:14

    7/1/2000 - 7/10After getting a taste of Robin Hood in Ivanhoe, I decided to find out more about him. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood takes its basis from the many old ballads about Robin Hood. As a result, it is a combination of mini-stories. Howard Pyle does a commendable job in joining all these stories into a cohesive novel. It was fun following the adventures of Robin, Little John, Friar Tuck, and the rest of the merry band!For more info on Robin Hood check out:Robin Hood - lots of general info, and was there a real Robin Hood?Robin Hood - general info.Robin Hood - general info and good info on his death.Adventures of Robin Hood - 1938 movie with Errol Flynn.

  • Krista Baetiong Tungol
    2018-10-13 11:25

    Howard Pyle gave an interesting glimpse into the escapades of the lighthearted Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, and with so many adaptations about this infamous folklore—both in print and film/TV—I must say that this version was entertaining enough. If there is only one thing that challenged me throughout the read, it is the archaic wording.On another note, it took me forever to finish this book because I was watching the BBC TV adaptation of Robin Hood (starring Jonas Armstrong) the same time I was reading this.

  • Sheila Beaumont
    2018-10-14 09:06

    I read this book several times as a child, and it was fun to revisit it via this excellent audiobook. Christopher Cazenove does a brilliant job of narrating it.

  • Brittany
    2018-09-19 09:33

    The stout yeoman Robin Hood and his broad-shouldered band of outlaws make for an awesome reading adventure. The boys (ages 4 & 7) and I loved listening to the stories the in the car. The book was just as good as I remember it from my childhood. I love how the reader does all the voices. And when the characters burst into song, as they are wont to do on occasion, the narrator even sings in character! I laughed at the fun language Robin Hood and Little John use: Any good character is stout and broad-shouldered, while anyone with negative qualities is called a knave. Little John constantly calls upon "the good Saint Dunstan" for protection and thanks. And who can leave out all the short staff matches and archery tournaments? As an adult I do wonder, though... how can these men spend their lives lying about on the grass under a great tree, sometimes breaking into fight practice and going on occasional adventures? Robin Hood is constantly summoning up huge feasts, but who is preparing these feasts? There is a startling lack of women in the story: Allan-a-Dale is the only married man that we hear about, and only up until her marriage and then not until the very end of the book. Is she the one doing all the cooking? Still, it's a wonderful story, and well narrated. Howard Pyle is a genius. I'm hoping next to get my hands on an audio copy of his King Arthur stories.

  • Mary
    2018-10-10 07:24

    Quite different from many modern retellings of the story. The men where really men (it seems like beating someone up was the equivolent of a handshake), but they were also really women (I'm looking at you, Will Scarlet.) Maid Marian is present only as a thought in Robin's head. The really excellent stories, like how Robin keeps tricking people out of their clothes to keep the vengeful King Henry off his tail (by the time King John shows up, Robin is--oddly--working for him) or carrying Friar Tuck over the creek, are typically not included in Robin Hood lore. At first I didn't like how Robin Hood wasn't particularly noble, but now I love what he was in this book--thoroughly decent.

  • Salem
    2018-09-22 12:22

    نعم...نعم...هذه الرواية تحكي عن مغامرات روبين هود الشهيرةذلك الرجل الذي يسرق من الأغنياء والمترفين ليساعد الفقراء والمعدمين***روبن هود من أقدم الشخصيات البطولية-السوبرهيرو- العالقة في ذاكرتيمنذ الطفولة...ذلك أنني شاهدت مسلسل كارتوني يحكي عن هذه الشخصية واستمتعت به أيما متعة...على خلاف المعتاد حيث لم أكن من محبي أفلام الكرتون في صغري***ويبقى السؤال الذي تطرحه هذه الرواية شائكاهل يجوز لنا عمل شيء سيء لتحقيق هدف سامي...وهل الغايات النبيلة تبرر استخدام الوسائل الدنيئة؟؟؟

  • Sharon Thompson
    2018-09-19 12:20

    Read to my boys when they were in 2nd grade. At first I attempted to modernize the language but ultimately read it word for word. By far one of the favorite books we have read. Stopping on occasion to talk about new words or discuss the situation was just fine. Tough to get through the tear jerker ending without sobbing. If I had been reading it on my own it may not have had the same effect. I wish someone could make a really good Robin Hood movie that followed this plot and was appropriate for older kids. ie no nudity and no gore but good adventure and action.

  • Nile
    2018-10-14 08:09

    One of my most favorite book of all time.......

  • Maurean
    2018-10-09 14:33

    Classic Educator Edition, vol. 6; 272 pgs.The particular issue that I read has been a part of my library, apparently since my 6th Christmas, as it is inscribed on the back from my grandmother, with the date: 12/25/72. Mine is a Classic Press Educators Edition, and while the cover shown isn’t exactly correct, it is as close as I could find. I have very clear memories of perusing these books throughout my childhood (this is one of a set of classics that includes such beloved tales as Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” and Lang’s “Arabian Nights”) and I’ve always been fond of them. Each book is about 16” high, each cover is beautifully illustrated, and every book includes detailed sketches of the tale, as well as margin notes (often accompanied by a picture as well) to define terms from the story that a young reader might find difficult, such as gaol (the English word for jail) or pottle (a round, leather bottle that held about 2 qts.).If you are looking for the Disney version, this is not it. Written in an Old-style English, it was a tad difficult to get into at first, but once you catch the rhythm of the words, the language actually adds to the heroic, medieval tale and helps to heighten the atmosphere of the stories. This really is more folklore than fairy-tale. I enjoyed each of these light-hearted, yet complex adventures, but my favorite tale of all was “Little John Turns Barefoot Friar”. As a child, I may have read bits and pieces of this story, for I do seem to recognize certain passages or situations; or, perhaps I “remember” these scenes from movie versions, I’m not certain. However, I am sure of one thing, and that is I have NEVER read the epilogue before, and as the happy-ever-after kinda gal I am, I wish I would have overlooked it this time around, as well, and left Robin and his merry band with the good King Richard. If you’re reading this to (or with) sensitive children, perhaps you would be wise to do just that.

  • Kollen
    2018-09-17 09:13

    Robin HoodBy: Kollen Erickson The book I just finished was Robin Hood. That’s the book I’m doing this book report on. The author of this book is Roger Green the author retold this book. The theme of this book Robin Hood is about a boy named Robin Hood would go around and steal the rich peoples money to give to the poor. An example of how he achieved this was that he entered tournaments with the money that he stole from the rich people. The second way that he achieved this was that that he made a band full of people. Some of the people in the band were Will Gamwell, Little John and His cousin and there’s a lot more. In doing all this he made the king mad because he killed one of this soldiers and he made a relationship with the princess she helped him escape from the soldiers that was chasing him. In my opinion about the book was that it was a great book because it showed you need to share your wealth. The kind of reader that would benefit from this book is possibly a younger reader learning about morals. The genre of Robin Hood is adventure and fairy tale because he stole money and he is in the woods shooting arrows and playing in tournaments plus,its not real.

  • Johnny Waco
    2018-10-06 11:26

    Leave it to a Yankee Quaker to write the best-known version of the Robin Hood myth, one that emphasizes Robin's everyman identity and abhorrence of overbearing nobility. This novel, complete with Pyle's incredible illustrations, flies along with all the familiar tales of how Robin meets (and gets bested by) Little John, how he befriends Friar Tuck, and how he disguises himself to enter and win the sheriff's archery tournament. What's different here is that Robin is merely a yeoman (a freeman, rather than a disgraced noble) and Maid Marion is nowhere to be found (one brief mention). The tone, while carefree in some ways, also emphasizes that Robin and his merry men live in the present, feasting, sporting, and joking, because life will end soon enough. The narrator reminds us time and again that the merry men, once aged, would look back on the old days and sigh, and the constant emphasis on nature and the seasons is yet another reminder that we are part of nature's cycle--Robin may be depicted here in his summer, but his winter would come soon enough. An existential Robin Hood? Yes, but don't let that scare you off from a delightful read.

  • Mrs. C.
    2018-10-08 08:34

    At the classical school where I teach, I combine this with the writing of a Refutation (one of the elements of the classical progymnasmata), disproving the twentieth-century interpretation of Robin Hood as a person who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor." Students examine all of the stories and try to find the common denominator amongst the motley crew of commoners, churchmen, the Norman rulers, etc., and discover it to be their ill-gotten gains. What Robin Hood is doing is not stealing anyone's private goods, but returning to victims that which has been taken from them by hook or by crook. Pyle did a good job of employing what might be termed local color to give the reader the impression that the stories are medieval in flavor, including elements of older forms of English, but this does not make the book difficult to read.

  • Susan
    2018-10-11 11:30

    Gadzooks and forsooth! Me thinketh the author doth use the words 'lusty' and 'stout' muchly. :) Kidding aside, this was quite a rollicking adventure with Robin Hood and his band of men. There were stories on how Robin met the men and how they came to join him, and their exciting adventures together. We even got a chapter on Sir Guy, riding up on his horse in some sort of hairy costume. Personally, I like the TV series Sir Guy better - in the book he lasts only about half a chapter, whereas he lasts till the end of the series - plus he's in black leather :)I enjoyed these tales more than I thought I would and I am sorry that I'm finished with them now.

  • Ken Davis
    2018-10-17 06:30

    A merry adventure to be sure. There is something about Robin Hood that reminds me a bit of The Godfather; perhaps it is the unswerving loyalty of his men, or the way that he manages to help powerful people who owe him debts of honor, but either way, this adventure does not disappoint.

  • Patrick
    2018-09-21 09:24

    Hark ye! This book was awesome! Hast thou read this? If thou answer "nay" thou hast missed out!! Take a shot at it indeed!

  • Mollie Brandt
    2018-09-23 13:25

    This book falls under traditional children's literature as a legend. This book is a timeless classic for children and may be intended for a little more advanced age and grade, but is a good example of a legend story. I love this story for its' given sense of nostalgia, but it is also successful for its underlying themes that can be easily understood by growing and expanding minds. I think students may also be able to pick up a lot of differences between the many main characters because they are described so well. This would be a great conversational book to have kids read and then to discuss in class about what they think of the questionable morals found throughout the book. Overall, this book is a great read for to help kids learn to read a little bit more deeply.

  • Jason
    2018-10-09 08:34

    Pre-read note, 5/27/17: Just found out this is an edited version of the original. The content is the same, but the language has been changed to make it "more accessible" to the modern reader... Man, I hate it when they do that shit. Oh well. Maybe I'll enjoy it anyway. I hope it's not too dumbed down.Real review, 6/10/17:Solid four stars for the Townsend Library Edition of this book.This was delightful, and I'm actually glad I read this one instead of Pyle's original. I checked out a couple of those chapters at the Gutenberg Project in tandem with the version I was reading. The original has a million songs in it, and I hate songs in my books. Or rather I hate having to read the lyrics. Mentioning a song doesn't bother me at all, and I'll sometimes look it up on YouTube, but reading poetry in a novel? Bleaugh!The original also used archaic language to make it sound more authentic. That's all fine and good, and Pyle does it well enough, but I was looking for something light and fun. This version fit the bill perfectly. I've always liked Robin Hood as a character, but not so much that I wanted to be inundated with info about him. This version was like baby bear's porridge: just right.My knowledge of Robin Hood comes primarily from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman, the Disney cartoon version, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights which I was unfortunate enough to see in the theaters. (That was $4.25 down the drain.)I did laugh my ass off at this scene, though. Ah, the joys of being 14 years old.This book had all the usual suspects save Maid Marian, and I was OK with that. The Sheriff of Nottingham wasn't as formidable as I'd thought he'd be, but Rickman's version of that is one of my all time favorite villains, so the bar is set pretty high.Cut your heart out with a spoon. Call off Christmas. And clooooooooooose the gate. They probably could've gotten it closed in time if he didn't take half a minute to say the word "close" and added 13 syllables to it.Anyway, book Sheriff was a complete doofus, but then again so was everybody, even Robin Hood and his merry men. Parts of the story were a scream, such as the chapter where he meets Friar Tuck and they carry each other back and forth through the creek. It makes no sense, but that's why it's good.95% of the book was light and fun for the most part, but then the epilogue turned things dark. Not Stephen King or George R. R. Martin dark, mind you, but it was still a departure from what I had grown accustomed to. I found it to be a little out of place, but I reckon it works. You gotta end a book some kind of way.I wondered why I liked this at all since I'm not a fan of theft or wealth redistribution, but there it is. I can't explain it. My sympathies lie with the Sheriff of Nottingham and the Bishop of Hereford, but their own riches come from theft; none of it is really earned. I guess I like Robin Hood because he's stealing from thieves, and he leaves most honest men alone.If you need a light adventure read, you could do worse than this. Personally I prefer this "dumbed-down" version even though I didn't read all of the other one. Robin Hood is the kind of character I don't think one needs to take too seriously. I'm glad I went on reading this after I found out it was heavily edited, for the edits were good.