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Children's LiteratureHere is a noble tribute to the power of books to stir the imagination of youngsters at play. Inspired by a tale of the days of knighthood, Cassie invites her brother Trevor to join her in playing "knights." Since both want to be knights, arguments about who should win bring "the queen" (their mother) to protest and baby sister Amanda to be the damsel in distress. Cassie and Trevor build castles and take turns being the good knight with Towser the dog as the dragon until "the queen" announces that it's time for "the feast" (dinner). Afterwards they clean up castle and dragon cave. Cassie begins to read a new book about pirates and the next adventure of our strong female character has clearly begun. This land between make-believe and reality is visualized in a mix of lots of ordinary objects like toys and furniture with the inventions of childhood. Patkau employs cut plain and patterned papers to build characters and costumes, then organizes them in space to enhance the somewhat frantic pace of the play. The pictures show that a good storybook can keep imaginative readers happily involved all day. 2003, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz