Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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A witty Arthurian tale receives a wondrous translation by England's Children's Laureate and an award-winning artist.

Think yourself back in years, my friends. . . .

It's New Year's Eve in Camelot, where King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and all their good Knights wait breathlessly for an extravagant feast to begin. Suddenly, a strange and frightening Knight bursts into the hall...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Walker (first published September 9th 2004)
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I hadn't known the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Even if I had, I would've found this version enchanting. It's a retelling by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman, and it hits just the right balance of adventure, morality tale, and just plain fun, with a good dose of silliness thrown in for good measure.
Jul 14, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Parents & teachers of 10+ children
This is an excellent edition to introduce 10+ children to Arthurian tales. Great for discussion about the 7 knightly virtues and whether Sir Gawain lives up to them or not. Children also like to talk about whether these virtues still have merit in the 21st century.
This book is a wonderful retelling of the Medieval story. The vivid illustrations and curious tale captured my children attention completely. My 4-year-old constantly looked at the pictures in the book even when we were done reading it.

As we got further in to the story, I became concerned about the temptations that Sir Gawain encountered. It sparked many discussions with my children on chastity and how to deal with temptations. We compared Sir Gawain with Joseph of Egypt.

My understanding increas...more
A beautifully written and illustrated retelling of one of the great takes of Camelot, this book was good for a week's worth of bedtime reading for those older children who still enjoy their nighttime ritual. There's a bit of gore (as befits a great tale of Knights and battles) and some hunting scenes which more sensitive children may not like, but it is mainly about Sir Gawain's courage, honesty and integrity in facing a daunting challenge. Throw in the Round Table, a castle, horses and a bit of...more
I wish I'd had this version when I taught British literature to high school students (but it wasn't around yet)! Well told, satisfactorily illustrated, and approachable, Morpurgo tells Sir Gawain's story in a way that will delight readers all over again. Elementary children can listen to this tale (or read it on their own if they're fully independent readers), most middle school students could read this easily, and it's not too childish for high school students. The scenes in which the Green Kni...more
Grant Broderick
This book tells of the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight during the time of King Arthur's court. Although this is more of a children's story, i would not recommend reading this to anyone student under the age of 10 because book does contain some gruesome parts and may be too violent for younger readers. With that being said, this book does have a good moral that could teaches students lessons in honor and staying true to your word. The vocabulary used in this was not too high level seein...more
This children book proposes a very good adaptation of the poem. Told in prose, the poem loses the fun of the word games it's famous for but the heart of the story is there for children to enjoy and cheer about. Gawain is the bravest and most noble knight, the Green Knight is frightening but not in a bad way. The illustrations support the text and do not overwhelm it. A nice introduction to the Arthurian tales. A good Christmas's gift.
Chris Griffith
Really fantastic! Read to my daughter while our entire family has been ill. She wrote out the synopsis as I read and then she gave a short review on my blog while I was "out sick." We tried to do sort of a "Billy" thing from Family Circus. Here's the link to read her review.
I like when he killed the dragon. And I also like when they roasted a pig. And I like when he rides the horse and when they were in the mud. And I like when the green knight got blood on him. And I like when he went back. And I like all the things he did. And I like when the horse neighed. (Weston's review.)
Loved this. The illustrations were brilliantly incredible. The translation was easy to understand, thank goodness. There was the right amount of adventure, love, and sense of The Medieval Times. The ending actually shocked me!
A wonderful retelling of this story for kids, with some beautiful pictures. As another reviewer has noted, there are lots of opportunities to discuss whether Gawain is living up to the virtues of a Knight of the Round Table.
This is a beautifully illustrated version of the strange and wonderful Arthurian legend. The language matches the illustrations, and it's overall quite lovely.
Nov 04, 2008 Emi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Morpurgo fan
Recommended to Emi by: School assignment
This book looks like a childish picture book but it is amazing. It has awesome illustrations and the text is good as well. It has a good moral.
Beautiful artwork and the author has translated the story well enough into a children's book. I actually really enjoyed this one.
Knightly hood, fair maidens, queens and kings and battles...what more could you want?
The best version of this story I've ever read. The illustrations were awesome too.
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Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to...more
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