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The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 128

Ages: Middle Grade

Publishers Summary: In the third installment in the Knights’ Tales series, Gerald Morris tells the laugh-outloud tale of King Arthur’s most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. With lively illustrations by Aaron Renier, Morris creates a captivating and comical medieval world that teems with humor and wonder.

This chapter book is sure to set young readers on another rollicking and hilarious Arthurian adventure!

Sir Gawain is quite different from the rest of King Arthur’s knights. Namely, he’s never been beaten in battle or at a simple game, and has even gone so far as receiving the title “The Undefeated.” What is he to do when his honor is challenged? When a strange Green Knight enters the castle and offers an even more peculiar challenge it’s Sir Gawain who answers the call. Unfortunately, the result is not what was expected and Sir Gawain may be at risk of losing his title to soon be called “Sir Gawain The Defeated.” As he seeks to fulfill his duty he’s met with some very odd characters and even more humorous situations that will test his bravery as well as his honesty.

I’ve long been a fan of medieval literature and stories. The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True is no exception. What was the most enjoyable part of the story was knowing I could easily read this aloud to my four year old son, who is now interested in early chapter books, without having to do much verbal editing. Not only that but the theme centers around being honest and honorable with quite a bit of adventure thrown in as well. It doesn’t get much better than that for young readers as well as their parents. It also has the added bonus of fantastic illustrations to help engage those very young readers as well.

One of the funniest parts of the story was how Sir Gawain seemed to be “tested” at every encounter. He ends up meeting quite a few colorful characters throughout the story and each seems to have another “test” in store for him. What I loved about this was that it shows young readers the importance of following through with a promise and being honest in whatever situation you encounter. This is definitely a message kiddos need and it’s told in such a way that it doesn’t seem “preachy”, but fun.

If you’re a fan of medieval literature, any story surrounding King Arthur, have an early reader in your home or just simply want to enjoy a fantastic book with a great underlying theme than you need to read The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris. There are funny characters, adventure and quite a bit of humor that will have you laughing right along with your kiddos as you read together. A perfect story for young and old that shares the virtues of living an honest & purpose-driven life, but a very humor filled one as well.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8 to 15. Sir Gawain’s tale is perfect for young adventurous readers and one parents will be happy to encourage them to read with it’s underlying theme of honesty.

Due for publication on April 18, 2011 as part of The Knights’ Tales series.

Find The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
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5 Responses to Book Review: The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris

  1. I couldn’t figure out why they billed it as funny. But, you thought it was funny. I must have been missing something when I read it. I liked it though.

    • There were definitely parts of this that I thought were funnier than others and even in mentioning it to my husband he started laughing because he already knew the story. I guess it’s more of a “from my 10 year old self kind of laugh” as opposed to my current age, if that makes sense? 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    While not something for my reading list, I can totally see this working for Turkeybird in a few years…. ^_^

    • I completely agree. I really enjoyed it, but in my spare time it wouldn’t be the one I grab. Though, I’m really excited to share it with Turkeybird when he gets a bit older. 🙂

  3. MarjiiX says:

    This book was perfect for my son, an adventurous third grader who is currently obsessed with medieval times. We couldn’t find any historical fiction around this time period that didn’t put us to sleep. With humor, adventure and a handful of quirky personalities, this kept his attention and interest for hours. Loved loved loved sharing this adventure with him.

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