The New York Times - Notable Children's Books of 2012

This year’s notable children’s books — the best illustrated children's books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, and picture books — selected by the children’s book editor of The New York Times Book Review.



King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson (2012)

Written by Kenneth Kraegel

Newcomer Kenneth Kraegel wryly draws from myth and legend to craft a daring and inventive tale to delight adventurers of all ages.

Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-greatgreat grandson of Arthur, King of Britain. On his sixth birthday, adorned with a helmet and sword, Henry goes in search of adventure. He challenges a fire-breathing dragon to a fight, but the dragon prefers a game of blowing smoke rings. A cyclops wants only to have a staring contest. Even the griffin will not engage in "a battle to the uttermost" of the type Henry desires.

Desperate for a real battle, strength against strength, might against might, Henry seeks out the fearsome leviathan. Has he met his match at last — or might he find something he didn’t know he was looking for?

Children bold and imaginative will relate to Henry’s quest — and smile at its unintended consequences. This book is recommended for children ages 5 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.


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