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Charge! Arthur and Lance are at it again, sword fighting in the house, that is. When Mom returns home, the boys are in trouble, big trouble. But that doesn't stop Arthur, who already has a new idea. He and Lance can joust, which isn't exactly against the rules, and at least they won't be in the house. Atop their strapping steers, they are ready to charge; but the cows won't move . . . until one of them spots Mom's tasty garden!
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Overview

Charge! Arthur and Lance are at it again, sword fighting in the house, that is. When Mom returns home, the boys are in trouble, big trouble. But that doesn't stop Arthur, who already has a new idea. He and Lance can joust, which isn't exactly against the rules, and at least they won't be in the house. Atop their strapping steers, they are ready to charge; but the cows won't move . . . until one of them spots Mom's tasty garden!
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Children's Literature - Keri Collins
Mom dreams of winning a prize for her daffodils from the Camelot Ladies Garden Club. But her sons, Arthur and Lance, dash her hopes by getting into one scrape after another as they entertain themselves while she is out of the house. After the stern warning, "No sword fighting in the house!" they take their knightly adventures outside, where they attempt to joust, substituting cows for horses. Unfortunately, their not-so-noble steers prefer eating juicy daffodils to combat practice. What can Arthur, Lance, and their friend Gwenn do to rescue the floral display before the judges arrive? The tongue-in-cheek tribute to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is balanced by the colorful illustrations depicting a modern-day farm setting. Clever word play and pointed humor add an extra layer of sophistication to this Level 2 early reader that shows actions have consequences, and cooperation saves the day.
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Arthur and Lance love to play with their swords in the house. But Mom, even when conveniently distracted by the upcoming garden club show, is adamantly opposed to the activity. When she leaves the boys for the day, they find other things to do, like jousting atop cows in their mother's prize daffodil beds. Snappy family conversation, complete with sarcastic witticisms, may fly right over the head of the intended audience for this reader, but it will ring true for the adult sitting and helping sound out words. Sunny ink-and-acrylic illustrations keep the story as light and humorous as the situations the boys get themselves into. And, in the end, when they replace their swords and lances with manure shovels, readers will smile with understanding. Three quick-paced chapters for the reader just on the verge of real chapter books make this a quick and amusing read. And that's just the point. (Easy reader. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823419166
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Holiday House Reader Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

    Boys will be boys

    Evicted from the house for sword-fighting, Arthur and Lance joust on cows and ruin Mom's prize daffodils. This early-reader book has an interesting story line, challenging (but not excessive) vocabulary, wonderful pictures but, particularly, genuine humor which the young readers, and their parents, will enjoy.

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