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The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short by Gerald Morris
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Dec 13, 2011

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The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short (Knights' Tales #2) by Gerald Morris is a tale of a little-known Kinght of the Round Table who thinks before he acts and who solves problems using clever solutions.

As the story begins Givret is not a knight. When King Arthur's knights hear of the legend of hunting the white stag and the rewards that catching it would bring, Grivet counsels against hunting the stag. Many consider this cowardice. When the rest of the knights leave on their quest, Givret volunteers to remain near the castle to protect Queen Guinevere.

Sir Yoder arrives in the kingdom and mistakenly insults the Queen. When one of the King's knights, Sir Erec, hears of the insult, he sets off after Sir Yoder (to Scotland) to cleanse Queen Guinevere's name.
When the rest of the knights and the King return, Givret tells of the story. Because Givret used his intelligence to dispatch Sir Yoder, King Arthur grants knighthood upon Givret, much to the amusement and bewilderment of the remaining Knights of the Roundtable.

King Arthur gives Givret a quest. He must follow after Sir Erec to Scotland. Though small in stature and not known for his brute strength, Givret the Short proves to the rest of the knights that being brave and true means more than simply fighting a foe with brute strength, and that thought, reason and cleverness can save the day.

The text uses the Arthurian legend and setting to tell this story of thought and cleverness.

Aaron Renier's illustrations add humor.

This humorous tale of adventure, knights and quests will attract beginning chapter-book readers. It has a positive massage of solving problems through thinking and planning rather than brute strength and fighting. As useful as this story may be, I wish that Morris had concentrated on tales of the major knights first, rather than bringing in such an unknown knight's tale and his supposed quests so early in the series. (In a brief search I couldn't find any mention of Givret with that spelling.) Although I think the illustrations seem overly exaggerated and don't care for some of the expressions, the target audience will likely find them amusing. Readers should still enjoy this tale.

For grades 2 to 4, knights, King Arthur, adventure, fantasy, chapterbook, humor, easy chapterbooks, and fans of Gerald Morris and Aaron Renier.

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