The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True (Knights' Tales #3) by Gerald Morris
, illustrated by Aaron Renier
is the comical chapter book telling of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Morris tells the humorous tale of King Arthur’s most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, creating a captivating and comical medieval world.
The story begins with Sir Gawain rescuing a damsel from a dragon, then refusing to accept her token, or a kiss, and riding off and leaving her in the forest, too anxious to tell others of his exploits. King Arthur, who requires his knights to be courteous and respectful while doing their knightly duties, points out that this was rude of Sir Gawain. At the Christmas Feast, the Green Knight crashes the party to challenge Sir Gawain to a strange duel where Sir Gawain chops off the Green Knights head, yet the Green Knight lives. The Green Knight, clearly a sorceror, will strike Sir Gawain, in the same fashion, in exactly one year.
King Arthur and his knights go in search of the great Merlin the Enchanter, but instead encounter a strange dwarf, sorcerers, and a stubborn nobleman, and have their fighting abilities and manners tested. Sir Gawain finally goes to meet the Green Knight on the appointed time and cunningly solves the mystery of the Green Knight.
Renier's illustrations portray highlights in the story, with the front and back cover particularly appealing.
This third volume in the Knights’ Tales series should attract many readers with this humorous Arthurian tale that stands on its own. This story of friendship, manners, wit, and cunning delivers its message in an entertainingly humorous way. The easy flowing prose, and simplified interpretation of chivalry make this story of courtesy a pleasure to read. I will look for the previous titles in this series.
For ages 7 to 9, adventure, fantasy, folklore, humor, historical, series, King Arthur, chapter book, and fans of Gerald Morris and Aaron Renier.