Robin Hood

Robin Hood

by David Calcutt, Grahame Baker-Smith
     
 

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The champion of the destitute and downtrodden rides again. Meet young Robin Hood before he becomes the hero of Sherwood Forest, and follow along with his band of merry men as his adventures become the stuff of legend. This lavishly illustrated picture book makes a wonderful gift title to complement Arthur of Albion and The Arabian Nights, and features nine tales…  See more details below

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The champion of the destitute and downtrodden rides again. Meet young Robin Hood before he becomes the hero of Sherwood Forest, and follow along with his band of merry men as his adventures become the stuff of legend. This lavishly illustrated picture book makes a wonderful gift title to complement Arthur of Albion and The Arabian Nights, and features nine tales including: “Robin Becomes an Outlaw,” “Robin Meets Little John,” “Robin and the Widow,” and “Robin's Last Battle.”

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—When tricked by the Sheriff of Nottingham's men into killing one of the King's deer, Robin Hood takes on life as an outlaw, living under the shady green cover of Sherwood Forest. Armed with just a bow, arrows, his cunning wits, and the help of his band of followers, he overcomes his adversaries time and again in this episodic account of his adventures. Calcutt's writing is both lyrical and poetic, leaving readers with a sense of the idyllic atmosphere of life in the forest and the simplicity of days long ago. Each chapter highlights a few verses from the Ballads of Robin Hood, originally published in the19th century, which further accentuate the book's voice. Less impressive are the illustrations, which have a stiffness and inconsistency to details, leaving one with a sense that some pictures are more complete than others. Still, this volume is very readable and highly accessible to a young audience. For collections needing to update their classics, or those just looking for a new adaptation for both new and old fans of the merry outlaw, it's an ideal purchase.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Robbing the rich and punishing the privileged, Robin Hood and his band return in a series of nine episodes gracefully retold and beautifully designed to appeal to modern readers. From the archery contest that sent Robin into life as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest to his probable deathbed, each chapter begins with a portion of a traditional ballad rendered in modern English. British poet and playwright Calcutt's thoughtful selections from early accounts will introduce young readers to key events and familiar characters. His lively dialogue and fast-paced action will keep them engaged. For those curious to know more about Robin's 13th-century world, helpful backmatter includes explanations of outlaws and their longbows, the role of women, sheriffs, and medieval jails, among other topics. The whole is impressively presented on pale-yellow or blue-green pages with a variety of underlying designs and gilt decoration; illustrations range from double-page spreads of battle to portraits and images of small animals cavorting below the text. This atmospheric artwork was painted and drawn in acrylic, watercolors and ink, then "combined, blended and composed in Photoshop with photography and scanned natural textures." The flat effect, suggestive of anime and the work of Dave McKean, heightens the sense that readers are looking into a different, long-ago world. Sure to attract new followers for a perennially popular hero. (research and bibliography) (Folklore. 9-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846867996
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
631,547
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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