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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo , Michael Foreman
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17 Oct 2005
A dazzling retelling of one of the greatest Arthurian legends. A magical story from the tales of the Knights of the Round Table. Here are thrills and enchantment, chivalry and courage, a challenge and a quest. Its hero is the greatest of all King Arthur's knights, Sir Gawain. His adversary is the fearsome Green Knight, who rides into Camelot one New Year's Eve with a challenge that strikes dread into Arthur's court.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (17 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844287300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844287307
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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With Morpurgo's expert retelling and Foreman's masterly spreads - either eerily atmospheric or packing a dramatic punch - this is quite perfect, as is the production. Possibly my favourite overall." The Children's Bookseller

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The classic Arthurian legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish illustrations and borderwork 1 Mar 2006
Perhaps I should make clear my bias from the start: I love Michael Foreman's illustrations, but here he has outdone himself.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story set in King Arthur's time. One Christmas a green knight challenges the knights of the round table to a beheading game. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge and lops the green knight's head off. Nonplussed the knight rides away and Gawain must come to him in a year's time to bear the green knight's blow. Certain death, surely.
On his travels to find the green knight, Sir Gawain finds a castle where he is welcome by the castellan and invited to play a game. Both men will exchange their findings of the day. The lord goes out hunting, while back home his wife tries to seduce Sir Gawain. Of course, there is more to this game of hunting and seduction than meets the eye.
Can Gawain remain triumphant?
Foreman's illustrations bring to life the story with great vividness. His watercolours of the lady of the castle are superb and not without a certain erotic charge, a difficult thing as this is essentially a children's book. But Foreman never crosses the line and his pictures remain those of a children's world, albeit with subtle (and very cleanly) undertones.
Morpurgo's re-telling is close to the original in plot and language, with some nice touches (like Gawain following the swans north), and some puzzling ones (the connection between the green band and the order of the garter is more than tenuous).
Quite apart from the illustrations the book is lavishly done with borders of leaves on each page and prominent initials. It has the feel of a medieval manuscript to it.
A must have, if you (or your children) are in any way interested in the knights of the round table.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a joy to read aloud 11 April 2008
i am reading this to my 7 year old for a bedtime story, and under pain of death is she to read ahead and deprive me of the joy! the words are beautifully done, to read aloud fabulous. so descriptive. must be my favourite rendition of all times. [enthuse, enthuse] the book looks beautiful as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 21 April 2014
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Michael Morpurgo is a great story teller and this book lives up to his reputation. It is easy to read and well illustrated.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves the stories of King Arthur and his Knights.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson loves it. 21 Dec 2013
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What more do you want me to say? It is enough for me that my grandson loves the book. That's that for now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars my son totally enjoyed the book 23 April 2010
By Lucy Yang - Published on Amazon.com
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My 6 year old son really enjoyed the book that he finished it upon its arrival and re-read it several times after that. As an advanced reader and a boy, he enjoys adventures, war/history, stories of knights, pirates, Greek heroes and mysteries. This book is nicely printed with really good quality paper and has vivid water color pictures inside. I always read the books myself before I decide if the content is appropriate for his age. For this book, I was surprised he enjoyed it more than I did.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Morpurgo does it again 29 July 2011
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Michael Morpurgo did an awesome job with Beowulf -- simply breathtaking!

And this book will blow your socks off -- it is the full tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, nephew to King Arthur and renowned for his noble virtue.

Wowie! My knights-and-castles kid just loves this -- there is some real good boy stuff in here. Beheadings, too. Emphasizes keeping your word, courage in the face of certain death, resisting temptation, and honor. Also points out that there is some evil in the world that simply wants to destroy what is good, just for the simple fact that evil hates goodness.

Hunting scenes, illustrated beheading, a three seduction scenes (resisted by Sir Gawain). Masterful.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knight's tale 14 Aug 2007
By Cheryl J. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the pictures and the way the story is told in a new manner.
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