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King Arthur's Very Great Grandsonby Kenneth Kraegel
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Newcomer Kenneth Kraegel wryly draws from myth and legend to craft a daring and inventive tale to delight adventurers of all ages.
Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-greatgreat grandson of Arthur, King of Britain. On his sixth birthday, adorned with a helmet and sword, Henry goes in search of adventure. He challenges a fire-breathing dragon to a fight, but the dragon prefers a game of blowing smoke rings. A cyclops wants only to have a staring contest. Even the griffin will not engage in "a battle to the uttermost" of the type Henry desires. Desperate for a real battle, strength against strength, might against might, Henry seeks out the fearsome leviathan. Has he met his match at last — or might he find something he didnt know he was looking for? Children bold and imaginative will relate to Henrys quest — and smile at its unintended consequences.
"With King Arthur's DNA swirling in his wiry little body, it's only natural that six-year-old Henry Alfred Grummorson would want to go on a monster-battling quest. The thing is, every monster he encounters — be it a terrible dragon, a dreaded cyclops, or the 'most to be feared' leviathan — seems to have the DNA of Ferdinand the Bull. Ordered to 'unsheathe your claws and let us have ado!' an elaborately feathered griffin instead offers a game of chess. 'I prefer black. Is that ok?' it asks eagerly. Although the wrap-up is too pat, considering what precedes it, debut author Kraegel proves he's a talent to be reckoned with. He has a Monty Pythonesque sense of language, humor, pacing, and character — the text's mixture of bombastic and deadpan deliveries makes for a stirring read-aloud. This fine sense of the epically absurd also animates Kraegel's rococo watercolor and ink renderings: in his hands, a dragon's scales coalesce into an intricate mosaic, a tree is a swirl of mazelike lines, and the sea becomes a tangled mass of blue ribbons. Ages 5 — 8. Agent: Ronnie Herman, the Herman Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kenneth Kraegel is a self-taught illustrator and writer. He is the recipient of a Society of Childrens Books Writers and Illustrators Tomie dePaola Honor Award and was a finalist in the third annual CJ Picture Book Award in Seoul, South Korea. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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