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A small kingdom based on the principles of King Arthur's Round Table sends out its knights on a quest for the legendary substance called gasoline
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Grade 4 Up In what purports to be a fable for our time, Henry, a simple shepherd, is a contented resident of a small, bucolic country where the way of life harkens back to the chivalric times of King Arthur. This country lacks one essential elementgasoline to run the shiny autos and limos that currently decorate King Arthur II's throne room as useless "heirlooms." The king charges Henry and several knights with the quest of finding gasoline . Henry sails through some obligatory knightly adventures, managing to arrive unscathed on the other side of the forest, where there exists a "civilized" large city (perhaps London after a global holocaust?). Here he finds a corrupt government led by a loathsome emperor-dictator. The rest is predictable. Henry outwits both the emperor and the power-hungry court jester, escapes with the gasoline, and returns with it to his kingdom. Awkward, confusing, and poorly-written text combines with murky, busy illustrations reminiscent of Grosz or Dix in their grotesqueries and details of decadence and ugliness. Although critical commentaries on our society and ecological fables can be successfully executed for young readersSeuss' The Lorax (Random, 1971) and Bill Peet's The Wump World (Houghton, 1970) this disappointing endeavor totally misses the mark. No audience younger than high school could understand the allusions in the text and pictures, but the large-sized format precludes this group. Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, N.Y.
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Book Description Macmillan Children's Books, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110333467787