The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur

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Holiday House
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9.47 X 10.02 X 0.16 inches | 0.31 pounds

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About the Author

Margaret Hodges (1911-2005) was a distinguished children's book writer particularly known for her retelling of traditional folk tales. Her past titles include Saint George and the Dragon, The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed, and Up the Chimney. Her title Merlin and the Making of the King received many starred reviews.

One of the most distinguished and celebrated illustrators of her generation, Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges, and Caldecott Honors for A Child's Calendar, by John Updike, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Little Red Riding Hood. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire.


"In a style similar to that of Hodges's and Hyman's St. George and the Dragon (Caldecott Medal, 1985), here's a story based on the first part of "The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney" as related by Malory--with the help of the new Winchester text published In 1954. Retold with clarity, vigor, and respect for its courtly source, it's a satisfying Arthurian tale of a knightly quest undertaken by a young man whose mettle and noble birth are revealed along the way. With her unique ability to interpret and extend a text, Hyman continues to be an illustrator par excellence: these illustrations have her usual narrative power, incisive characterizations, and beguiling settings....a grand tale in a handsome edition." --Kirkus Reviews

"The dramatic sweep of Hyman's lusty paintings, with their rich details and colors, is enhanced by the occasional placement of a small portrait within a large double-page spread, allowing the viewer to see both the central drama and a reaction shot (for example, the battle and the prisoner watching from her tower). In addition, Hyman uses a less defined line than usual to create a more impressionistic effect. A beautifully illustrated medieval story that concludes with a fascinating source note." --Booklist