The Legend of King Arthur-a-tops
Once upon a time, there was a swamp called Camelot where young squires trained to be knights. Arthur-a-tops tries to be a good squire, but he just doesn’t succeed at much until…he pulls the horn from the stone. Because of his lack of skills, the people question whether he should be king until he puts his horn in the stone and pulls it off, revealing golden rings around his horn.
I love this concept, combining King Arthur and dinosaurs. The text seemed too long. I would recommend this for six to eight-year-olds. Mostly, I think the text fell flat. It just did not seem to have the creativity to go with the illustrations.
The illustrations were good. I think the colors could have been brighter. They seemed more reserved, which doesn’t attract children’s attention as much. I really love the cover art.
My six-year-old listened to the book, but didn’t ask me to read it again. He said, “I thought it was going to be super funny, but it wasn’t very funny. I just didn’t like it. I didn’t like the rock from outer space at the end coming to kill all the dinosaurs.”
|Mo O'Hara, with illustrations by Andrew Joyner
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