I've posted previously about how Redwall was the first book I ever loved, the first series that made me imagine myself in the world of the characters. So the series and its author will always have a special place in my memory.
When I was doing research for my dissertation this morning, I was going through a book called Battling Dragons: Issues and controversy in children's literature. I noticed that there was a chapter written by Brian Jacques. I had to read it. The conclusion of his chapter was very moving. He wrote:
"What do I want from the future? What any good author wants I suppose--to leave footprints in the sands of time. By that I mean, in years to come when I am no longer here, some child will take from a library shelf a dog-eared book of mine, without an attractive dust jacket, and read it with enjoyment. How presumptuous of me! The sort of thing just does not happen to someone with a name like Brian Jacques, who attended Saint Johns Elementary School in Kirkdale, Liverpool." (p. 219)He wasn't presumptuous. I am certain that his hope for the future is being realized.