First published in hardback in 1996, a retelling of a classic story featuring the heroic deeds of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. Illustrated in colour with strip-cartoons.
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Marcia Williams is a successful author/illustrator and, with her distinctive cartoon-strip style, has now illustrated and retold many literary classics for children, including The Adventures of Robin Hood (9781406311372), Greek Myths (9781406303476) and Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories (9781406305630). Her latest books are Archie's War (9781406304275), a child's diary of the First World War and My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright (9781406309409), a Second World War journal. Marcia lives in Barnes, London.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 4?Williams's daffy cartoons retell the stories of Camelot from Arthur pulling the sword out of the stone to the quest for the grail. The narrative is clear, readable, and sustains the heroic tone of the legend, while asides within the jolly cartoons twit the legend amiably. The telling stops before the events become too dark for humor. Brilliant ink-and-watercolor illustrations hold readers and move the story along. These are equal-opportunity caricatures: everybody looks goofy. All the characters seem to have a serious overbite or a perpetual pucker. Merlin looks like a court jester, which seems somehow appropriate and, strangely enough, magical. His occasional transformations are wildly imaginative. The layout leads the eye logically from frame to frame, aiding the flow of events and showing how Williams has grown since her Don Quixote (Candlewick, 1993). Each tale is tied together by a distinct, yet related double-page spread framed by intricate borders, with a different motif and design for each adventure. Close to 150 paintings with a wealth of detail make returning to the book a joy. For search-puzzle fans, one reading could be devoted to finding the almost ubiquitous parrot. Comedy is the most delicate, underrated, and difficult art. Williams's treatment is a breath of fresh air.?Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11074454792X