The adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

Gerald Morris, 1963-

Book - 2008

Relates tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.

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The knights' tales
Morris, Gerald, 1963- Knights' tales ; bk. 1.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin 2008.
Physical Description
92 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Main Author
Gerald Morris, 1963- (-)
Other Authors
Aaron Renier (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Written for a younger audience than that of Morris' Squire's Tales series, this book kicks off The Knights' Tales series with an episodic story about Sir Lancelot. In the long tradition of writers choosing elements from Arthurian lore, embellishing them, and creating their own versions of the stories, Morris fashions a tale in nine chapters that will appeal to readers with a greater appetite for adventure and comedy than for romance and tragedy. The book opens with Lancelot joining King Arthur's court after defeating a string of knights at a tournament, and continues with a series of journeys and heroic combats. These are followed by Lancelot's year as a hermit and with the knight's returning to court to save Queen Guinevere from an evil plot and rejoin the Round Table. The art catches the tone of the writing in the often-amusing ink drawings. A promising series debut for young readers intrigued by chivalrous deeds of daring. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6— Sir Lancelot as a lighthearted, comic figure? Mais oui! Although he is the envy of every man and the object of desire for every woman, he's more concerned about keeping his armor shiny and taking naps than anything else. He's witty and clever and deftly defeats all challengers. With aplomb, Sir Lancelot even handles being shot in the bum with an arrow. Ultimately, he gets so weary from being confronted and chased that he decides to become a hermit. Guinevere's honor needs saving, however, and Lancelot returns. Illustrations, many full page, are scattered throughout. Not for the Arthurian purist, this easy-to-read tale will delight nonetheless. The book's brevity and humor make it accessible to reluctant readers, and it is a fantastic read-aloud.—Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI [Page 112]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A hilarious collection of loosely connected stories about Sir Lancelot, King Arthur's most honorable, dashing, and chivalrous Knight of the Round Table, brings to life King Arthur's time for new readers. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Relates tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Of these worthy knights, there was never one so fearless, so chivalrous, so honorable, so…shiny as the dashing Sir Lancelot, who was quite good at defending the helpless and protecting the weak, just as long as he’d had his afternoon nap. Behold the very exciting and very funny adventures of Lancelot the Great, as only acclaimed Arthurian author Gerald Morris can tell them.