Though I enjoyed reading this adventure set in the middle of King Arthur’s Camelot, don’t be deceived. This is not just another knight’s tale! The young page, Leonard, serves a knight who is more gentle than brave and he longs to lift them both out of the low position they hold in the kingdom. While other knights fight dragons and feast at the king’s table, Sir Ronald chases off crows from gardens and then dines on a skinny goose in his crumbling, half finished castle. Leonard devises a plan to elevate his master when he meets a desperate dragon seeking a knight to end his misery. When the plan goes horribly wrong, Leonard finds himself on a dangerous quest to redeem them all and in the process uncovers a plot to end Camelot for good. Can this unlikely hero save the day?
Marvelous work by the fabulous Roger Eschbacher! This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure! Although he begins with a well-known legend in the form of Camelot, the author takes the reader into a whole new realm of creatures and magic we have not seen before. Even some of the most vicious creatures are creative and endearing in this version of the fabled kingdom.
I know boys and girls alike will find this story fascinating and fun. My daughter might complain that it gets a bit “yucky” during the battle scenes, but not more than would cause any normal fifth grade boy to yell out “cool!” as he reads through it. In turn, the boy in my house might not appreciate the innocent crush Leonard has on Maiden Glennys, but my daughter will eat it up. A marvelous balance that is hard to create as an author and I believe Eschbacher has done it superbly.
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Roger will stop by tomorrow to share some of the most common questions he gets from young readers. Did I mention that Roger is not only an incredibly talented author, but that he is a totally cool writer who has worked with cartoons like Scooby Doo and The Littlest Pet Shop? Come back tomorrow and see what he has to say to aspiring writers – like YOU!