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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH); Reprint edition (19 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547248180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547248189
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brush and ink illustrations, both full-page and vignettes, are scattered throughout, adding interest to the humorous story line. The combination of a peddler with a long, hooded black cloak; an evil, self-proclaimed count; a young woman who talks too much, or just enough; and a reckless young knight out to prove himself results in an entertaining tale that is sure to please young readers enamored with medieval derring-do."--"School Library Journal"

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct 2008
Format: Hardcover
THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GIVRET THE SHORT is the second story in the entertaining THE KNIGHTS' TALES series. However, the reader does not have to have read THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LANCELOT THE GREAT to understand or enjoy this story. It is able to stand alone on its own content.

When we first meet Givret, he is simply Givret, 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, all of them, but for Givret, leave on their quest. Givret volunteers to remain in the castle to protect Queen Guinevere.

All should be quiet, but the traveling 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.

Upon knighthood, 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 (later to be called Givret the Wise or simply Givret the Marvelous - you have to read the story to learn about THAT one!), Givret proves to the rest of the knights that being brave and true means more than simply fighting a foe with brute strength.

Mr. Morris, aided with the entertaining illustrations by Mr. Renier, writes a quirky tale for young readers to enjoy. Using the King Arthur characters and setting, Mr.
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Courtesy of Kids @ Teens Read Too 19 Oct 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GIVRET THE SHORT is the second story in the entertaining THE KNIGHTS' TALES series. However, the reader does not have to have read THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LANCELOT THE GREAT to understand or enjoy this story. It is able to stand alone on its own content.

When we first meet Givret, he is simply Givret, 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, all of them, but for Givret, leave on their quest. Givret volunteers to remain in the castle to protect Queen Guinevere.

All should be quiet, but the traveling 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.

Upon knighthood, 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 (later to be called Givret the Wise or simply Givret the Marvelous - you have to read the story to learn about THAT one!), Givret proves to the rest of the knights that being brave and true means more than simply fighting a foe with brute strength.

Mr. Morris, aided with the entertaining illustrations by Mr. Renier, writes a quirky tale for young readers to enjoy. Using the King Arthur characters and setting, Mr. Morris lets readers know that thinking things through can oftentimes provide the result that is desired. Brute strength doesn't always solve problems. Sir Givret is different from the rest of the knights, but it's his difference that saves the day in the end...many times!

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Completely hilarious and enjoyable! 15 Jan 2011
By S. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 7 years old and I could not put this book down! We were laughing so hard and the chapters flowed so nicely that we just kept reading the entire afternoon. Absolutely charming and hilarious writing! Very clever author- very entertaining book!!
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Kindle version has no pictures and is not edited--Bummer! 26 Sep 2012
By Christy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The story is a lot of fun. I took away two star for the Kindle version. The paper version has got funny illustrations, but a heads up to digital customers, all you get in the Kindle version is [graphic] in the middle of the text where the picture would be. They don't show up on the Kindle Fire either. This is disappointing and I think it should be clearer in the product description when you are getting the illustrations and when you aren't if the original text is illustrated. Also it seems the publisher just scanned in the text and did not bother to edit it at all. Every couple pages has missing punctuation and wrong letters. It's the worst Kindle version I've ever read.
An absolute delight 28 Jun 2010
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short"
Written by Gerald Morris
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This is the second volume in author Gerald Morris's awesome "Knights' Tales" series, which retells (and reinvents) some of the legends of King Arthur and his Knights of The Round Table. Morris has written many modern versons of the Arthurian tales, but these volumes are pitched (perfectly) at younger readers, and have a deliciously humorous tone, poking fun at the tales of chivalry and valor. Ths book tells the story of Sir Givret The Short, a shrewd little fellow who uses brains, not brawn, to solve the problems of medieval strife. He is paired up with Sir Erec, a somewhat dimwitted but stouthearted hero, who wins as his wife Lady Enide, a lovely gal who is also not the sharpest tool in the shed, and who tends to chatter quite a bit. This book, along with the first volume, "Sir Lancelot The Great," are wonderful to read aloud -- a fine chance to perfect one's most terrible English accents and delight in the wry humor, which is strongly reminiscent of "Monty Python's Holy Grail." HIGHLY recommended. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
loved it 21 Jan 2014
By hfhghfgegghfu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Me love this book because it is only about three people: sir Eric, sir Givret and Lady Enied. That is why I liked this book.
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