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-- These wonderful tales, full of magic, mystery and suspense have been retold for today's reader, with atmospheric illustrations, an informative introduction and useful notes.-- Delve into the exciting adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this delightful chapter book -- These wonderful tales, full of magic, mystery and suspense have been retold for today's reader, with atmospheric illustrations, an informative introduction and useful notes.-- Delve into the exciting adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this delightful chapter book


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-- These wonderful tales, full of magic, mystery and suspense have been retold for today's reader, with atmospheric illustrations, an informative introduction and useful notes.-- Delve into the exciting adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this delightful chapter book -- These wonderful tales, full of magic, mystery and suspense have been retold for today's reader, with atmospheric illustrations, an informative introduction and useful notes.-- Delve into the exciting adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this delightful chapter book

30 review for King Arthur (Usborne Classics Retold)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    Is it fiction or history? This book does not resolve that question. Rather, Brooks presents the vibrant story of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and how Guinevere (or Mordred & Morgan le Fey) brought down Camelot and destroyed the lovely kingdom of Logros that King Arthur built. We thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation. Brooks has paced the stories selected and the order of presentation well to place the climax of the Last Battle, followed by the resolution of the story with Arthur's de Is it fiction or history? This book does not resolve that question. Rather, Brooks presents the vibrant story of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and how Guinevere (or Mordred & Morgan le Fey) brought down Camelot and destroyed the lovely kingdom of Logros that King Arthur built. We thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation. Brooks has paced the stories selected and the order of presentation well to place the climax of the Last Battle, followed by the resolution of the story with Arthur's death in the last chapter. One of the first books our lower grammar read all by himself, it is a great book for boys. Parents will want to be aware that Merlin and his wizardry, the temptation of a Knight, the complex relationship between Guinevere and Lancelot (this version indicates they were in love, never acted on their passion, but that their conduct lent truth to false accusations against them), and many battles are covered. Brooks' style of matter of fact accounts neither glorifies nor condemns these aspects, and all is discussed in the context of honor and bravery that pervaded the lives of medieval knights. Reading this alongside http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/79... highlighted the cultural context of medieval Europe verses medieval arabia. A worthwhile exercise. In the end, this was a highly enjoyable read that both fulfills and feeds a young student's desire to learn about the time period. However, it is not one I would turn over to a child without guidance. While the reading level/ writing are excellent for lower and upper grammar students, the material requires opportunity for the child to interact with an adult. Certainly the items above would be part of the discussion, but also any other elements that strike the reader as he progresses through the chapters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amelie

    I don’t know how many times I read this book when I was a kid.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hossay

    Felicity Brooks’ chapter book narrates the exciting adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, from the sword in the stone to the last battle. It depicts his changing status and life in an engaging and emotional way as readers track his ascent to the throne and the rewards and challenges he encounters. Chapters such as ‘The lady in the lake’ and ‘Excalibur’ bring to life the unique characters of Camelot including the wise and charismatic wizard Merlin, the chivalrous Sir Lance Felicity Brooks’ chapter book narrates the exciting adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, from the sword in the stone to the last battle. It depicts his changing status and life in an engaging and emotional way as readers track his ascent to the throne and the rewards and challenges he encounters. Chapters such as ‘The lady in the lake’ and ‘Excalibur’ bring to life the unique characters of Camelot including the wise and charismatic wizard Merlin, the chivalrous Sir Lancelot, the wicked Morgan le Fay and the desirable Queen Guinevere whose beauty captures King Arthur’s heart but leads to disappointment when she engaged in flirting with Sir Lancelot. The tales are well illustrated and fast-moving which minimises any unnecessary details and centralises the action. It is full of magic mystery and suspense, exploring themes of status, love, betrayal, treason, family, loyalty and power. It is written in a modern way with an approachable style, aimed to introduce upper key stage 2 students, to popular classic stories that have great depth and are entertaining. The tales can be supported visually by allowing students to watch the King Arthur film and see the characters in action. The language is concise and has some challenging vocabulary so it is accessible to different abilities in the class. The fantasy genre which has action, emotion and intriguing characters with a plethora of personalities will prove to be an interesting read for all students.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    My son, aged five, wanted to read some classics and I found this a serviceable text. While by no means a book for a child that young, it is very well done in adapting the classic Arthurian legends into modern stories for youth. Brilliantly illustrated and well done for the younger crowd. Covers young Arthur and his pulling of the sword from the stone through obtaining Excalibur and even Sir Gawain's deal with the Green Knight through to Arthur and the Knights of the Round Tables end. If you have My son, aged five, wanted to read some classics and I found this a serviceable text. While by no means a book for a child that young, it is very well done in adapting the classic Arthurian legends into modern stories for youth. Brilliantly illustrated and well done for the younger crowd. Covers young Arthur and his pulling of the sword from the stone through obtaining Excalibur and even Sir Gawain's deal with the Green Knight through to Arthur and the Knights of the Round Tables end. If you have an independent reader or want to read Arthurian legends to a child as I did, this would be a fine place to begin.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leto

    The Tales of King Arthur was about knights clashing their swords and having adventures starting with the Sword of the Stone to The Last Battle. King Arthur is a mythological character who jousted, being the only one who brought the sword out of the stone. Lots of people know this story and have many different versions of books. What I liked about this book, that people have great imaginations. I think it is good that some people think he was really alive, but sad if people did make it up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Marie

    At 139 pages this simple retelling of King Arthur's tales is a quick read. I read this aloud to my 7- and 11-year old to complement our middle ages history lesson. They both really enjoyed it. 3.5/4 stars At 139 pages this simple retelling of King Arthur's tales is a quick read. I read this aloud to my 7- and 11-year old to complement our middle ages history lesson. They both really enjoyed it. 3.5/4 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alice-ginevra Micheli

    Perfectly fun and informative recounting of the various legends and stories of the mythical King Arthur. Considering this is meant for kids , I found I had a good time, also namesake characters are always fun to read about!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria M

    A very good adaptation of the King Arthur stories for younger readers. It glosses over some of the more controversial topics for readers (no Holy Grail, adultery, incest, etc) and balances accuracy and interest from young readers very well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    My favorite character in this book was Sir Bedaviere. He was the only one to survive the last battle. He threw Exlcalibur into the lake and a monster hand took it and saved it. It was fun to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    A lot of action, I liked it. However, it was long and it made me very sleepy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Regina Hunter

    Very basic and simple. I like it, but still very basic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ed Aust

    Beautifully written and illustrated. This book kept my family enchanted for hours. It's an excellent introduction to the Arthurian legends for all ages. Beautifully written and illustrated. This book kept my family enchanted for hours. It's an excellent introduction to the Arthurian legends for all ages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    i really liked this book. too much violence for younger readers more for ages 10 and up. but it does depend on the kid. I will post a more in depth review later. Rose

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anjanette Barr

    My 7 year old enjoyed it, though parts of it were perhaps too mature for him. I did some impromptu editing as I read. Still, a good read - not too simplified. Plenty of rich language.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shika

    We gave this book to my cousin for his birthday. I think he'll enjoy it. Good stories. We gave this book to my cousin for his birthday. I think he'll enjoy it. Good stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan ☾ Michaels

    While reading "The Guinevere Deception" by Kiersten White, I wanted a reminder of the Knights of the round table and their stories as I couldn't remember who was who. I got this book when I was 5, but had never read it cover to cover so I particularly liked some of the less well covered stories but found the ending a little frustrating and dumb (ugh). However I enjoyed them a lot overall and still love the Arthurian legends! This was a great refresher and this specific edition comes with some am While reading "The Guinevere Deception" by Kiersten White, I wanted a reminder of the Knights of the round table and their stories as I couldn't remember who was who. I got this book when I was 5, but had never read it cover to cover so I particularly liked some of the less well covered stories but found the ending a little frustrating and dumb (ugh). However I enjoyed them a lot overall and still love the Arthurian legends! This was a great refresher and this specific edition comes with some amazing colour illustrations by Rodney Matthews which are stunning!

  17. 4 out of 5

    S.S.

    I bought this book recently because I'm mad on all things King Arthur. I thought this was a quick and easy read with some energetic, exciting tales. The illustrations were great too. I think this will look really good on my bookshelf and will be something to return to in the future. I bought this book recently because I'm mad on all things King Arthur. I thought this was a quick and easy read with some energetic, exciting tales. The illustrations were great too. I think this will look really good on my bookshelf and will be something to return to in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    izzy🌛🌌

    good retelling, most of the common myths with some less regular ones about Morgana and the Green Knight

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not a bad story. The story was much different than I anticipated considering I watched the Sword of the Stone a dozen times before reading this. I am a mythology lover and I do like the magical/mythological events in this story, but I just read so many mythology stories prior to this that I don't consider this my most favorite. Plus, I've read so many endings similar to this story where it was all like "To this day King Arthur is still alive in Avalon and is believed to return and rescue his coun Not a bad story. The story was much different than I anticipated considering I watched the Sword of the Stone a dozen times before reading this. I am a mythology lover and I do like the magical/mythological events in this story, but I just read so many mythology stories prior to this that I don't consider this my most favorite. Plus, I've read so many endings similar to this story where it was all like "To this day King Arthur is still alive in Avalon and is believed to return and rescue his country when Britain is in great peril." But just an FYI, this only felt repetitious on my part since I read a lot of mythology books. Individually, I'd rate this book 3 stars. But compared to the other mythology books I've read (i.e. Mahabharata, Oedipus Rex, etc), it'd have to give it only 2 stars; the morals and surprise twists in this mythology story didn't impress me as much as the other texts I have read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Odehnalová

    For some reason, my reading dates of this book got messed up and I lost my original review of the book. I remember I mentioned not having read anything about the "original" Arthurian legends before and being excited about it, I was surprised to find that Sir Gawain was Arthur's nephew, and I shared my slight disappointment of there not being more about the women in the legends, specifically Morgana le Fay (why did she become evil for example?). I've now read the book again and after that and a c For some reason, my reading dates of this book got messed up and I lost my original review of the book. I remember I mentioned not having read anything about the "original" Arthurian legends before and being excited about it, I was surprised to find that Sir Gawain was Arthur's nephew, and I shared my slight disappointment of there not being more about the women in the legends, specifically Morgana le Fay (why did she become evil for example?). I've now read the book again and after that and a class on medieval literature (where we discussed the Arthurian legends in detail, which was why I reread the book in the first place), I can't wait to pick up another book about King Arthur and his knights and read it and learn even more about it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Arun Prasath

    Borrowed this book from my cousin who is in 7th grade, when I had nothing else to read :P I had watched and enjoyed the movie King Arthur(2004) and I was quite eager to take up this one. This is a children's book. A lot of legends about the King and his Knights are just put together in 150 pages. At first, I was excited about all the magical elements associated. But the story telling is poor and the magics and wizardry are not so exciting. I don't think this would be very captivating for childre Borrowed this book from my cousin who is in 7th grade, when I had nothing else to read :P I had watched and enjoyed the movie King Arthur(2004) and I was quite eager to take up this one. This is a children's book. A lot of legends about the King and his Knights are just put together in 150 pages. At first, I was excited about all the magical elements associated. But the story telling is poor and the magics and wizardry are not so exciting. I don't think this would be very captivating for children. 3 stars. The movie is greatly recommended for people who are interested though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    If you're interested in King Arthur and the story behind his Round Table, then this book is for you. Not meant as a reference book, it's more intended as a enjoyable read to learn the general ideas behind the stories. Although the illustrations aren't done in the traditional King Arthur style, younger readers will probably enjoy the new look. If you're interested in King Arthur and the story behind his Round Table, then this book is for you. Not meant as a reference book, it's more intended as a enjoyable read to learn the general ideas behind the stories. Although the illustrations aren't done in the traditional King Arthur style, younger readers will probably enjoy the new look.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jared

    I finished reading this to my family this week. Overall, it's a good read, especially since I've never learned about many of the Arthur stories. This was a good first primer on the subject. Good book for third and fourth graders, but there is one pretty gruesome scene when one character's head gets cut off. I think that was a little too much for this age group. I finished reading this to my family this week. Overall, it's a good read, especially since I've never learned about many of the Arthur stories. This was a good first primer on the subject. Good book for third and fourth graders, but there is one pretty gruesome scene when one character's head gets cut off. I think that was a little too much for this age group.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Not a bad basic book to get kids into the stories of King Arther and his knights of the round table. So many parts were left out and it seems to jump around so that it did not flow well. I hope this intro book leads young readers to the actual classic tale and if it does then this book has served its purpose.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Loralee

    This was pretty good. Had to heavily edit most of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' and decided to just skip 'Sir Lancelot and Guinevere' since I'm super not-interested in talking to the kids about adultery.... This was pretty good. Had to heavily edit most of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' and decided to just skip 'Sir Lancelot and Guinevere' since I'm super not-interested in talking to the kids about adultery....

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sully

    very good storys about king arthur and his knights from the sword in the stone to the last battle the athor dose a lot of books about king arthur

  27. 5 out of 5

    Madison Biddle

    i think it sounds like a good bokk

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophiemg

    I have read many versions of the King Arthur tales, but this book included the most information and was the best of all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    My favorite part was when they battled.

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