ROBIN OF BRAY by Jean & Claudio Marzollo Marzollo


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A stripped-to-the-basics fairy-tale adventure about Robin, a boy of unknown origin brought up by a sheep farmer but unhappy as a shepherd boy. Robin wants to be a magician and help the Queen of Bray fight evil trolls. He soon gets his wish. Snatched by trolls while watching sheep, he ends up underground where he finds both a kidnapped princess and a wand that only he can wield. Using the wand, he helps the princess escape from the trolls; and on delivering her to the palace, he turns out to be the queen's long-lost child Nibor (Robin backward). So he stays on at the palace as Royal Magician, and ""never had to watch sheep again."" Like the same pair's Jed's Junior Space Patrol (p. 345), this treats the standard genre elements so lightly that you can accept them in the same spirit. Unremarkable, but mildly diverting.

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 1982
Publisher: Dial (EASY-TO-READ)