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King Arthur - Kid Classics

The Illustrated Just-for-Kids Edition

Book #8 of Kid Classics
Edited by Margaret Novak / Illustrated by Maïté Schmitt
Published by Whalen Book Works
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Now the enchanting tales of King Arthur’s Camelot are an illustrated storybook perfect for today’s kids! Kid Classics: King Arthur is full of magic, adventure, and excitement!

Thousands upon thousands of years ago, Welsh and English folklore told of an unusually brave, kind, and fair leader named King Arthur who protected his people from Saxon invaders in the fifth century. Medieval author Sir Thomas Malory collected, translated, and retold the folktales of King Arthur in his 1485 book Le Morte d’Arthur, which remains one of the most famous books of Arthurian legend to this day. 

Kid Classics: King Arthur is the thrilling new just-for-kids edition of the classic tales of King Arthur, abridged and retold for modern kids while staying true to the original Arthurian legends. It’s a story you can’t put down: Merlin guides young Arthur Pendragon to claim his throne as King of the Britons by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone, and fantastical adventures ensue! Arthur nearly loses Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake, befriends Sir Lancelot, falls in love with Guinevere, and calls the best knights of the realm to join him at the Round Table, a place where fairness is paramount, and everyone has an equal say. With page after page of captivating illustrations, this magical hardcover will be the fought over favorite in your home and schoolroom! 

About The Author

No one knows for sure if King Arthur was a real person or even who told the first story about him, and little is known about Sir Thomas Malory, the medieval author who in 1485 published the age-old tales of King Arthur in the Middle English book Le Morte d’Arthur (The Death of Arthur). Legend has it that Malory was a “knight prisoner” during the Wars of the Roses, and he passed the long hours in prison by collecting, translating, and retelling the numerous popular legends about one of the most famous knights of all: King Arthur. Fascinated with King Arthur legends from across France, England, and Wales, Malory translated and retold them and wove them all together his book. Le Morte d’Arthur stood the test of time and now it is one of the best-known books about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, the Knights of the Round Table, and their adventures in Camelot. 

About The Illustrator

Maïté Schmitt was born in a little town near Strasbourg in France, close to the German border. Her love of old animation movies inspired her to study illustration and animation. She has illustrated numerous books and worked on a short film, A priori, which combines two of her favorite things: books and bats. Say hello at maiteschmitt.com.

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