Title: King ArthurKing Arthur (picture book)
Author: Howard Pyle
Adaptor: Don Hinkle
Illustrator: Jerry Tiritilli
Pages: 48
Reading Level: Beginner
Star Rating: ★★★★

One of these days I will get around to reviewing Howard Pyle’s King Arthur. And Roger Lancelyn Greene’s. And Sir James Knowles’. And Sir Thomas Malory’s. But in the meantime, you’ll have to be contented with my review of this kiddie version of a kiddie version.

This version of Pyle’s version is ‘retold’ by Donald Hinkle and illustrated by Jerry Tiritilli who, I must say, did a superb job with the illustrations. A few different episodes from the legend are related – Arthur removing the sword from the stone, his fight with the black knight and subsequent meeting of Lady Guinevere, Morgana le Fay’s treacherous abduction of Excalibur, and finally the last battle between Arthur and Mordred.

Guinevere and Lancelot’s love affair is dismissed as being court gossip spread by Mordred to weaken Arthur’s kingdom.

Merlin is often at King Arthur’s side and magic is used frequently.

Conclusion. For those who don’t mind their young children reading stories with magic in them, this version is a fine introduction to the King Arthur legend.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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