Arabel and her notorious raven Mortimer make a welcome return to the Puffin nest! When Arabels father, Ebenezer Jones, drives his taxi home late one night he comes across a large black bird, with a hairy fringe around its beak. He takes it home and from that moment on, life is never the same again for the Jones family. Arabels raven is called Mortimer – and hes one in a million. Nevermore! he cries when astonished or upset, Down the hatch he thinks before gobbling bowler hats, stairs, telephones. He dislikes flying except in emergencies, and with disaster-prone Mortimer around there are plenty of those. There are six hilarious stories in this classic collection by the much-loved storyteller Joan Aiken and renowned illustrator Quentin Blake. Including: ARABELS RAVEN; THE ESCAPED BLACK MAMBA; THE BREAD BIN; MORTIMERS TIE; MORTIMER AND THE SWORD EXCALILBUR and THE SPIRAL STAIR.