The three brothers live in The Old Vicarage, a rambling house in a village, low within a valley enclosed by hills.
In the hills lives Griselda the Grunch, a witch who longs to eat them: “Oh, roast Julius! Stewed Alexander! Benjamin on toast! Just what I always wanted.”
When Griselda casts a spell to make the boys travel to her, the slime of maggot is past its sell-by date and the boys (and their parents) only lose their hair. Their mother hides in the wardrobe because she does not want anyone to see her without any hair. Julius suggests that they get their mother a wig, but at that moment Snuggle the family cat runs up. “It must be Griselda,” he cursed.
“But, Snuggle, you can talk!” cried the boys in surprise.
“Of course I can talk,” said the cat. “What we need to do now is to go to the Land of Lost Hair and get back your hair. Join hands, close your eyes and think of your hair.”
This is the start of the boys’ adventures in Ramion. In all the adventures it is the boys who look after their parents (rather than the other way round). The boys long for adventure. They do not care that they are in constant danger of being eaten, turned into ghostly globs or piles of dust or trapped with the bodies of the dead. They learn to trust, to know that in Ramion no matter how bad things may seem some creature will fly, ride or run to their rescue, that whatever happens they will get home for tea safe and sound and longing for the next adventure.
Filled with fun, frights and laughs, the latest book in the Ramion series is the Body Collector. Click here to read about Benjy’s adventures in Stench Manor.