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Posted October 7, 2010
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I don't know about everyone else, but I have always been a huge fan of anything having to do with Arthurian legend. In high school I went through a phase where I only read stories that had to do with Arthur or Merlin, including non-fiction accounts. Due to my love for all things Arthur, I was very excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint.
First of all, this book is just very graphically pleasing. The art work is graceful and very appropriate to the time period. The scenes and pictures of the knights and castles look like they could be housed in an art gallery, and they really add an extra something to the story. The cover art shows the illustrator's amazing style perfectly.
Although this is directed mainly at middle grade readers as a chapter book, I think that it's perfect for older readers of any age who want to get their Arthur cravings satisfied or learn more about the legends that have infiltrated almost every part of our literary heritage. The wording is simple enough for younger readers while at the same time not condescending and interesting for older readers. The well-known stories of Lancelot, Mordred, Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Percival are all present along with stories of some of the lesser known knights.
This is just a great read be it for the family, in the classroom, or for personal interests. I am expecting this to be a big hit with my middle school boys. They love reading about battles and adventures, and the pictures will definitely keep them engaged as well.
Book provided by the publisher for a fair review.