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Title:
The kitchen knight : a tale of King Arthur
Author:
Hodges, Margaret.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
Summary:
A retelling of the Arthurian legend of how Sir Gareth becomes a knight and rescues the lady imprisoned by the fearsome Red Knight of the Red Plain.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 0.5 110126.
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ISBN:
9780823407873
Format :
Book

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Here noble Gareth, King Arthur's nephew is knighted by Sir Lancelot, vanquishes the dreaded knight of the Red Plain, and wins the hand of a fair maiden.


Author Notes

Margaret Hodges (1911-2005) was a distinguished children's book writer particularly known for her retelling of traditional folk tales. Her past titles include Saint George and the Dragon, The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed, and Up the Chimney. Her title Merlin and the Making of the King received many starred reviews.

One of the most distinguished and celebrated illustrators of her generation, Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges, and Caldecott Honors for A Child's Calendar, by John Updike, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Little Red Riding Hood. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. When a proud lady requests a knight to fight for her sister, the adventure is granted to a handsome stranger who has spent the previous year scrubbing pots and pans in King Arthur's kitchen. Although the damsel is disgusted ("Out of the wind. The smell of your clothes offends me"), the Kitchen Knight proves his courage and strength during their journey to the Castle Perilous by soundly defeating several powerful adversaries. Even after his true identity is revealed and he triumphs over the evil Red Knight, Sir Gareth must still win Lady Linesse (which, of course, he does). There are some motivation problems in Hodges' restrained adaptation, but her retention of the basic story, emphasis on the knight's heroic deeds rather than his bloodline, and elimination of much of the bawdiness are successful. The dramatic sweep of Hyman's lusty paintings, with their rich details and colors, is enhanced by the occasional placement of a small portrait within a large double-page spread, allowing the viewer to see both the central drama and a reaction shot (for example, the battle and the prisoner watching from her tower). In addition, Hyman uses a less defined line than usual to create a more impressionistic effect. A beautifully illustrated medieval story that concludes with a fascinating source note. ~--Julie Corsaro


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-- While this tale is retold in most adaptations of Arthurian legend, it is not readily available in a single, lavishly illustrated version such as this one. The story is of Gareth of Orkney, Gawaine's brother, who hides his identity to serve a year as a kitchen boy in King Arthur's court, and his quest to the Perilous Gard in the company of Linette, who also hides her identity and reviles him throughout their journey to rescue her sister, Linesse. He falls in love at first distant sight of Linesse, who checks him out by kidnapping his dwarf, but decides he's worthy and agrees to marry him. There is a lot more to the story, of course, and Hodges gets in all the essentials that Malory included, leaving out some unexplained characters and repetitive battles. She also leaves out Gareth's comment that he doesn't listen to women, anyway. Just as well, even though it's a comment appropriate to its time, and quite telling about chivalry. Linesse's testing of a man who saved her life may be understood to be wise in a time when women were kidnapped and treated as property. The loose ends tend to be Malory's own. This does not tell in quite the straight line of Gawaine's adventure with the loathly damsel, told also by Chaucer's Wife of Bath. Hyman's richly romantic illustrations are lush watercolors, framed and broken with framed insets for closeups and framed text inside the panoramic picture. The format is horizontal, capturing the sweep of the story. While not a tale of King Arthur, it's a wonderful taste of Arthurian legend, hopefully whetting young appetites for more. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.