By Jon Koons, Illustrated by Igor Oleynikov
Dutton Children’s Books, 2008
In the days of old, long, long ago, there were kings and knights and castles. There were princesses and dragons. There was heraldry and magic. And there was a boy named Arthur…
Here’s proof (yet again) that you can so judge a book by its cover. The phrase, “An original tale of Young Camelot,” just seals the deal for me.
The Arthur of the title is not remotely close yet to becoming King of England. He’s a young squire to a powerful knight — and mercilessly teased for being so weak he can barely carry a shield. But a chance meeting with an adventurous young princess (take a guess — her name starts with “G”) and a confrontation with a band of cutthroat robbers brings out Arthur’s inner strength. Dumbledore fans will relish the appearance of Merlin, not only Arthur’s magical guardian but guardian of the future. Great job, if you can get it.