My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I broke my series rule and read this one out of order, but with no serious consequences. However, I was suprised by the author’s change of voice from the first four books. At least in this one, the author is almost the narrator, speaking to the reader with asides and remarks about the characters and the story. I found it personable and not irritating, and sometimes very humorous.
This is a charming series and completely harmless, despite the
Village politics and English right-of-way play a big part in this tale, and I wondered how much it might stick in the craw of some Americans. Perhaps only if they knew the truly ridiculous level to which these laws have reached in the current day. That is the real comedy.
Amazon.com link: The Tale of Applebeck Orchard (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter)
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