Brothers of the Knight

Brothers of the Knight

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by Debbie Allen, Kadir Nelson, Kadir A. Nelson
     
 

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Reverend Knight can't understand why his twelve sons' sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren't talking. They know their father would surely put an end to their all-night dance parties. Maybe Sunday, a pretty new nanny with a knack for cleaning, cooking, and getting to the bottom of household mysteries, can crack the case. This cool,… See more details below

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Reverend Knight can't understand why his twelve sons' sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren't talking. They know their father would surely put an end to their all-night dance parties. Maybe Sunday, a pretty new nanny with a knack for cleaning, cooking, and getting to the bottom of household mysteries, can crack the case. This cool, clever modern fable bursts with vibrant artwork and text as energetic as the twelve toe-tapping Knight brothers themselves.

"Nelson's exuberant figures fill his stage-like scenes. This is a high-flying alternative to the tale's usual dainty renditions." (Kirkus Reviews)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Actress-choreographer-dancer-director Debbie Allen shows her creative gifts in Brothers of the Knight, a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Reborn with new characters and sparkling whimsy, the story tells of the widowed Reverend Knight of Harlem, who is crazed by his twelve sons' shoes which are "worn to threads, messed up, torn up, stinky, dirty, tacky, jacked up...you get the picture." He can't find a nanny to control his wild offspring until the magical character, Sunday, shows up. Shrouded in her invisible scarf, she follows the boys, discovers their secret, opens communication with their father, and unites the family with dance. An original retelling that will appeal to contemporary kids. 1999, Dial, Ages 4 to 8, $15.99. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
Award-winning actor, producer, and choreographer Debbie Allen tries her hand at children's literature with this book, a whimsical tale of the dancing Knight family. The Reverend Knight has twelve sons to raise on his own. His big problem is with shoes. Every morning the children's' shoes mysteriously show up worn to threads--"messed up, torn up, stinky, dirty, tacky, jacked up." Reverend Knight hires a new housekeeper to care for the children, and hopefully to shed light on the shoe mystery. The housekeeper, whose name is Sunday, is a kind and magical woman. It doesn't take long for her to discover the secret the boys have been too afraid to share with their father. These boys love to dance! Every night they sneak off to the Big Band Ballroom where they burn away the hours cutting the rug. Sunday doesn't squeal on the boys, and it nearly costs her her job. But all ends on a happy note in this uplifting tale of family togetherness. Lively colorful illustrations greatly add to the fun.
Kirkus Reviews
Spun from a live performance at the Kennedy Center, this urban version of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" is a strong picture-book debut for both Allen and Nelson. Reverend Knight, a Harlem minister, can't understand why his twelve sons' hightops are "worn to threads, messed up, torn up, stinky, dirty, tacky, jacked up" each and every morning. Promising to get to the bottom of it all, winsome Sunday, latest in a long line of housekeepers, whips out a cloak of invisibility and follows the boys night after night to the Big Band Ballroom. When she confronts them, they confess: they love to dance, but fear their father's disapproval. Posed in theatrical arrangements and postures, Nelson's exuberant figures fill his stage-like scenes. In the end, the boys tell all, the reverend admits that he too used to cut the rug, and the stage is set for a swinging finale. This is a high-flying alternative to the tale's usual dainty renditions. (Picture book/folklore. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803724884
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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