The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur
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The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur

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Noble Gareth defeats a dreaded knight and wins the hand of a fair maiden.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Holiday House (first published August 1990)
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Well, well, well.

Looking at fairytale books on amazon, this one came up with good reviews, so I finally checked it out at the library (good thing I didn't buy it sight unseen!). Just read it to the kids tonight, making snarky side comments all the way through.

I'm not a fan of authors who adapt fairy tales for kids without making it kid friendly. It's like she literally translated the text from the old english or whatever, regardless of whether or not it made sense. My kids were slightly confused...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Margaret Hodges is a wonderful author, and with Trina Schart Hyman illustrating it, it has to be good.
This is a re-telling. The artwork is wonderful, amazing illustrations in this book. This is a story of a royal knight comes to a castle and works as a kitchen boy. He is battling to save the lady's sister from the Red Knight who has capture her. Over and over again the lady is rude to him and really is a snob. I would have just left because she was just horrible. The best parts are the ending. That made me laugh.
Jun 09, 2013 Madeline added it
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When a strange boy comes to the Kingdom asking King Arthur to provide him with food for a year, King Arthur accepts. The strange boy proves himself worthy of Knighthood when he continuously slays enemies and does right by King Arthur and a maiden named Linette. It turns out that the boy was King Arthur’s nephew, Gareth, but did not want to be known because he wanted to see who his true friends were. In the end Gareth fights the ultimate knight: the Red Knight, and wins the heart of Linette’s sis...more
The illustrations make the book. The story itself is a little strange- well, it's not a modern tale, it's a medieval one, isn't it? And so it feels strange to us. Still, I have to say that Sir Gareth seems like kind of an idiot.
Beautiful artwork, and really great story. Loved this book.
Beautiful illustrations and kept my daughter's attention through to the end. The text could have been better but was not bad.
Miss Clark
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Trina Schart Hyman is among the greatest of all illustrators, for children's books or otherwise. Every illustration in this book is astounding, and the story isn't too bad either.

For those who are wondering, this book IS better than Hodges' St. George and the Dragon, even if St. George won the Caldecott.
Eh, it's been done better. Hodges' language really isn't accessible to kids. I'd recommend The Squire's Tale over this, because although it's a lot longer, it's spunkier and funnier and more coherent.

And when I got to the end, my eyes got big and I said, "Kinky!" out loud. At work.
Obviously I chose this because of the genre (children's fairy tales) and the illustrator (Trina Schart Hyman) are favorites of mine. The plot is a little convoluted for a child to follow, however, and certainly needs explanation as you are reading it, even to an 8-year old.
(Picture Book) A royal knight comes to a castle and works as a kitchen boy. A fair maiden doesn't want anything to do with him until he proves himself and she learns he is royalty as well.
Jan 01, 2010 Volsung added it
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Another triumph of a children's "Arthurian" book from Hodges and illustrator Hyman. Like their "Saint George and the Dragon," it is finely told and excellently illustrated.
This was a fun read aloud for my 5.5 year old. I had to explain the fanciful language more than I think is good for the flow of the story, but he still liked the fighting knights.
While I wasn't completely won over by the story, the illustrations are 100% beautiful. I think I will be seeking out more by books illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
A rather soppy, overblown version of the tale, in which Gareth vanquishes several knights and wins the fair maiden. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations. Grades 4-7
This is one of my favorite Arthurian tales. (Though I have to say I always thought it ended wrong. Gareth should have ended up with Lynette.)
This book really kept the kids' interest. The illustrations were marvelous with great fighting scenes depicted.
An introduction to the King Arthur stories for the early grades. . . great story and exceptional illustrations.
I don't care for this story, but this is how much I loved the illustrations.
Wonderfully told ... MAGNIFICENTLY illustrated !!
One of my favorite books growing up!
Good story and retelling of Gareth.
very lovely illustrations.
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