Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 21, 2013

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

“Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great 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?”                 [JPB KRAEGEL]

Magicalamity by Kate Saunders

“Tom is in shock. He’s just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. And that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he’s never met. Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly . . .

“Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies?” By the author of Beswitched and The Little Secret.         [J SAUNDERS]

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by David A. Adler

“A comprehensive introduction to the life and achievements of the heroic former slave details how after managing her own escape, Harriet Tubman returned thirteen times to guide other slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, in a portrait that also relates her subsequent contributions as a wartime cook, nurse, spy, and suffragist.”

“Illustrated with pictures and photographs and filled with excerpts from primary sources, this is a thrilling and accurate telling of her life and accomplishments. A time line, notes, bibliography, and index are included.”        [JB TUBMAN,H]

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