Saturday, March 4, 2017

Winter Reading 2017 Arthur and the Golden Rope


With the recent interest in Norse mythology spurred on by Thor and Loki in the movies, as well as Rick Riordans's Magnus Chase books, readers of all ages are eager for more. The story of young Arthur Brownstone seems to be that of a typical misfit. He is interested in things that others in the village are not. Spending time listening to the wise woman and exploring the woods makes him "different," so it is easy to blame him when a giant wolf attacks the village. Even though it isn't his fault, Arthur sets out to save everyone from the giant beast and winds up consorting with Thor, Odin, and the other Viking gods.

Cheering for the little guy who is an unlikely hero is always fun. Arthur is brave, even when he is terrified. He puts the knowledge and the artifacts he has collected to good use. And he is the kind of clever hero that doesn't need a ton of muscles to get the job done. The illustrations are excellent. They show the world around Arthur with all the goblins, fairies, and sea monsters. And they also underscore how large and scary these dangers are in comparison to Arthur's small size, which makes his courage even more impressive.

Once readers have learned Arthur's story, they will be eager for more tales from the Brownstone's Mythical Collection.

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