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.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com

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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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