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GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by Mark Shannon

GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

By Mark Shannon (Author) , David Shannon (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-399-22446-7
Publisher: Putnam

 Gawain, youngest of King Arthur's knights, is tired of the ribbing his inexperience elicits from the others at the Round Table. A bit precipitately he accepts a challenge from the colossal and horrid Green Knight of the North Country: an exchange of axe blows to the neck, Gawain to go first, the Green Knight to follow if he survives. Needless to say, he does, and he graces Gawain a year and a day, at which time Gawain must go to the North Country to meet his fate. This wonderful Celtic tale, a celebration of passion and honesty and courage, is given a decent retelling by arts journalist Mark Shannon, targeted at a much younger audience than the complete version. David Shannon's illustrations are technically impressive--with their deep shadows and blurred lines--but are too soft and moody to fit the reduced text. The text and paintings may be slightly odd fellows, but the story shines through, never to grow old. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)