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King Arthur's very great grandson, [by Kenneth Kraegel]

Label
King Arthur's very great grandson
Title
King Arthur's very great grandson
Statement of responsibility
[by Kenneth Kraegel]
Title variation
King Arthurs very great grandson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On his sixth birthday, Henry Alfred Grummorson, a descendant of King Arthur and would-be knight, sets out for adventure but neither dragon, nor cyclops, nor griffin, nor leviathan is willing to engage in a real battle
Review
  • Grades K-2 If there’s one thing that young boys probably can’t get enough of, it’s knights. Kraegel introduces wee Henry, the many-times-great-grandson of King Arthur, who sets out for a rousing adventure on his sixth birthday. Clad in armor and wielding a mighty sword, he approaches a dragon (“Behold, vile worm! I . . . do hereby challenge you to a fight to the uttermost!”), but the great lizard turns out to be a softie and suggests the boy try his luck against another monster. To Henry’s frustration, Cyclops would rather have a staring contest, Griffin wants to play chess, and Leviathan just wants to splash around in the water. In the end, though Henry never does get a chance to vanquish a terrible beastie, he does gain four fine new pals. Kraegel contrasts his simply drawn kid hero with a visual feast of wide, meticulously patterned landscapes. And thwarted expectations aside, the boy’s bombastic proclamations should inspire youngsters to great heights of stately derring-do against their own imaginary foes (and friends). -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 08-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 22, p84)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — Henry Alfred Grummorson traces his lineage back to King Arthur himself, so it seems perfectly natural to him that, on his sixth birthday, he mounts his trusty donkey, Knuckles, and goes out looking for a perilous beast to slay. Nothing goes according to plan, though: the Dragon merely blows smoke rings, the only battle the Cyclops is interested in is a staring contest, and the Griffin wants to play checkers, for heaven's sake. Though he doesn't find the epic battles he imagined, Henry finds that friendship is something worth questing for. The text skips along like Henry's donkey, bringing this irrepressible young boy to life. Kraegel's winsome illustrations, full of expressive details and a timeless palette, recall the work of John Burningham.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD --Kathleen Kelly MacMillan (Reviewed July 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 7, p59)
  • /* Starred Review */ With King Arthur’s DNA swirling in his wiry little body, it’s only natural that six-year-old Henry Alfred Grummorson would want to go on a monster-battling quest. The thing is, every monster he encounters—be it a terrible dragon, a dreaded cyclops, or the “most to be feared” leviathan—seems to have the DNA of Ferdinand the Bull. Ordered to “unsheathe your claws and let us have ado!” an elaborately feathered griffin instead offers a game of chess. “I prefer black. Is that ok?” it asks eagerly. Although the wrap-up is too pat, considering what precedes it, debut author Kraegel proves he’s a talent to be reckoned with. He has a Monty Pythonesque sense of language, humor, pacing, and character—the text’s mixture of bombastic and deadpan deliveries makes for a stirring read-aloud. This fine sense of the epically absurd also animates Kraegel’s rococo watercolor and ink renderings: in his hands, a dragon’s scales coalesce into an intricate mosaic, a tree is a swirl of mazelike lines, and the sea becomes a tangled mass of blue ribbons. Ages 5–8. Agent: Ronnie Herman, the Herman Agency. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 21, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 21, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for KING ARTHUR&#39 and S VERY GREAT GRANDSON)On his sixth birthday, Henry Alfred Grummorson, the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Arthur, King of Britain, goes in search of adventure. First, he challenges a fire-breathing Dragon that simply blows smoke rings. He announces his presence to the giant Cyclops who, instead of fighting, engages him in a staring contest. "NO! NO!" cries Henry. "I want a struggle of arms, a test of might and courage!" Travelling far in search of a worthy adversary, his search leads him past the winged Griffin (who offers a game of chess) to the sea monster Leviathan. Has he finally found something worthy of a fight? With all the courage and flourish of Arthurian legend, Henry's formal voice bellows each call to duel, all in capital letters and in a distinguished font from ye olden days. Kraegel teases this tiny knight with monsters that prefer play over fray. Despite the determined lack of conflict, Henry still manages to find a treasure he didn't know he was seeking. The illustrations succeed in matching the rugged scenery with the adventurous text while giving clues to the surprising ending. This is a good choice for reading aloud and for discussing such topics as friendship, aggression and the bravery it takes to change your mind. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10132366
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kraegel, Kenneth
Dewey number
[E]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD620L
  • Decoding demand: 87 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 97 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 92 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.K8577
LC item number
Kin 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
3.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Knights and knighthood
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mythical
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Medieval
Target audience
primary
Label
King Arthur's very great grandson, [by Kenneth Kraegel]
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Control code
876715
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780763653118
Lccn
2011046646
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Label
King Arthur's very great grandson, [by Kenneth Kraegel]
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978-0-7636-5311-8.jpg
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876715
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Isbn
9780763653118
Lccn
2011046646
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(Sirsi) i9780763653118

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