The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

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ISBN-13: 9780547237565
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Series: Knights' Tales Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 280,466
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

When Gerald Morris was in fifth grade he loved Greek and Norse mythology and before long was retelling the stories to his younger sister and then to neighborhood kids. He began carrying a notebook in which he kept some of the details related to the different stories. The joy he found in retelling those myths continued when he discovered other stories. According to Gerald Morris, "I never lost my love of retelling the old stories. When I found Arthurian literature, years later, I knew at once that I wanted to retell those grand tales. So I pulled out my notebook . . . I retell the tales, peopling them with characters that I at least find easier to recognize, and let the magic of the Arthurian tradition go where it will." Gerald Morris lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his wife and their three children. In addition to writing he serves as a minister in a church.


Aaron Renier was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and attended art school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's drawn comics as far back as he can remember, and today he has found a very vibrant and supportive community of cartoonists in Chicago, where he currently resides. Renier is the recipient of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, and received a nomination for best Children's Album in 2005.

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Chapter 2 The Fastest Knight in England

In no time at all, the storytellers say, Sir Lancelot became the most famous of all King Arthur’s knights in shining armor. No other knight rescued so many damsels in distress or slew so many dragons or overcame so many recreant knights or, for that matter, kept his armor so tidy. He performed so many great deeds that he soon became known as Sir Lancelot the Great. Minstrels sang songs of his adventures, damsels sighed when he passed by, boys playing knights all wanted to be Sir Lancelot, and young knights dreamed of one day defeating Sir Lancelot, because whoever did that, they thought, would be regarded as the greatest knight in England.
That last part soon got to be a problem. Everywhere Sir Lancelot went, knights were waiting to challenge him, all hoping to win fame and glory with one battle. Sir Lancelot defeated them all, but fighting every knight he met grew rather tiresome. So, when he rode out on a quest, he chose lonely paths. This was why he was riding alone through a quiet forest one day when he heard an unexpected sound.
“WAAAAAH!” It was a damsel in distress. When you ride out on enough quests, you get to know that sound. Sir Lancelot turned toward the wailing and soon came to a woman sitting alone beneath a great oak tree, crying with gusto.
“Good day, my lady,” Sir Lancelot said politely. It was hard to know the right thing to say at times like this.
“WAAAAAH!” the lady said. Sir Lancelot said, “May I be of service, my lady?” “WOOOO-HOOOO-WAAH!” “Can you tell me what is distressing you, my lady?” “WAAAH! BLUH-BLUH-WOO-WAAH!” “I’ll just wait here a bit, then, shall I?” “WIBBLE-BLIDDER-WO-WO-HAH-WAAH!” So Sir Lancelot sat on his horse and waited. No one can cry forever, and when at last the lady had used up all her tears, Sir Lancelot asked again, “Can you tell me what is distressing you?” “It’s my . . . my fal-fal-falcon!” the lady gasped.
Now in those days, noble lords and ladies used to train falcons to hunt for them. They kept them on leashes, then set them free to hunt small birds. A well-trained falcon—that is, one that would come back—was quite valuable.
“What happened to your falcon, my lady?” “It flew away! It was a gift from my husband,” the woman wailed, beginning to cry again. Not all falcons were well trained.
“I’m sorry to hear it, my lady,” said Sir Lancelot. “I wish I could help you.” “Would you?” the woman exclaimed, her tears stopping at once.
“Er . . . if I could,” Sir Lancelot replied. “But how? I can’t chase a falcon through the sky.” “Oh, you don’t have to chase her at all,” the woman said, smiling brightly. “She’s right up there!” The woman pointed up. There at the top of the oak tree was a falcon, her leash tangled in the small branches.
“Oh,” said Sir Lancelot.
“You said you’d help,” the woman reminded him.
“Er . . . yes, I did. The thing is, it’s rather hard to climb trees in armor.” “Can’t you take your armor off?” the woman asked. She sniffled.
Sir Lancelot frowned. He had just had his armor shined and didn’t like to leave it lying around. Then he sighed. “Of course, my lady.” Twenty minutes later, his armor and sword stacked neatly beside a bush, Sir Lancelot began climbing the tree. While he climbed, he wondered how to untangle an angry falcon from a tree without getting pecked, but soon he saw what to do. Coming to the branch where the bird was tangled, he simply broke it off at the base and tossed the whole branch free. Bird and branch fluttered and crashed to the ground, and Sir Lancelot wiped his brow with relief.

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Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great (Knights' Tales Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Written for readers who are transitioning to more complicated chapter books, this is a simplification of Sir Lancelot the Great's adventures. The author picks about 4-5 episodes and makes short, chapter-length stories out of them. It's a good introduction to the legends and probably makes them more interesting to kids who would otherwise be put off by the more inaccessible language of other retellings. Hopefully kids will gain an appreciation for the tales and later be motivated to move on to some more complex King Arthur material. I didn't enjoy the illustrations - I'll go on record as saying they seemed like bad Hanna-Barbera cartoon cels.
marvelousleah on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This book is a hilarious version of historical fiction that breaks the stereotype of the genre. Boys ages 8-11 will especially like reading about the silly adventures of Sir Lancelot. While the vocabulary in this book is large, it lends opportunity for learning and discussion with teachers/parents. Within the lighthearted adventures readers will find morals they can relate to, like 'the grass is always greener on the other side' and 'friendship is lasting.' Also check out the rest of the series!
delzey on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's been way too long since I read me some Arthurian legend. And while I should probably go back and remind myself of everything I've forgotten from T.H. White's The Once and Future King, or perhaps Roger Lance Green's King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (with it's spiffy new Puffin Classics edition), it was more fun to get Gerald Morris's take on the French knight aimed at the young reader crowd.Fun is key here. Morris has neatly selected a series of tales from Lancelot's part in the legends and presented them as a series of adventures that begin with his inadvertently spectacular arrival at Arthur's court to his days where he has grown weary of the burden of being Sir Lancelot. Along the way he meets challengers to his title as unbeaten, ladies who hold him hostage until he chooses one for a wife, and in the end, defender of the innocence of the queen.Ah, yes, Guinevere. There's no mention of Lancelot's secret affair here, and nothing else unsavory that might scare off young boys (and girls, to be fair) who might be getting their first introduction to the Arthurian legends. Guine isn't even mentioned by name, she's simply the queen. All in all there is a very sanitized, safe feeling about these adventures, but that doesn't make them any less enjoyable.The humorous illustrations, both inside and on the cover, are an appropriate indication of what the reader can expect. In some ways, the book's lineage feels closer to Monty Python than any of the traditional prose or poetry of legend. It's hard not to see the rampaging John Cleese at times as Lancelot goes through his paces, until you come across one of Renier's illustrations and are confronted with an entirely different, but equally humorous, character.
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