The Kitchen Knight

The Kitchen Knight : A Tale of King Arthur

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This is the story of Gareth of Orkney, the "Kitchen Knight". Knighted by Sir Lancelot, he rides out to do battle with the dreaded knight of the Red Plain and to win the hand of the fair maiden. Trina Schart Hyman has also illustrated "Little Red Riding Hood" which was winner of the Caldecott more

Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 628.22g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0192798944
  • 9780192798947

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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 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. The relationship here between border, illustration, and text is not quite so felicitous as in St. George; the simple frames (they look like picture frames) suit the illustrations, but the blocks of text, on white, are visually intrusive. Still, a Brand tale in a handsome edition that every library will want to have. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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