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The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table

Written by Kaye Umansky

Illustrated by Ben Whitehouse

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous

LoveReading View on The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table

Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8  The inimitable Kaye Umansky turns her attention to King Arthur and Camelot in a typically funny and mischievous story. Arthur is being driven to distraction by his knights, who keep pestering him to send them off on jousts, or test them on the Code of Chivalry. He’s particularly irritated by Sir Tralahad and his twenty-two verse songs. Fortunately Queen Gwinny comes up with a good plan and suggests he give them a room of their own where they can set up a Knight club. It all works out well at first, though the round table (it’s a drop-leaf) could be sturdier … The comedy comes from the clash of courtly personalities, while the story also pokes gentle fun at macho behaviour in general; another hit from one of our funniest writers.  ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table Synopsis

The six knights clanking round the castle corridors are driving King Artie up the wall. He can't even visit the privy without them pestering him about jousting tournaments, the Code of Chivalry, the proper way to polish armour, and if Sir Tralahad sings another of his ridiculous songs Artie will chuck him off the ramparts. What the knights need, Queen Gwinnie says, is a room of their own for meetings. But that's easier said than done. And trouble really starts when someone brings a feast to a table that's more drop-leaf than round ...

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'This book is super-readable and is brilliant for dyslexic readers because of the font used and the colour of the pages. If you like funny books, this is for you!'
  • Rose Spear, age 11 - 'This book is full of laughter and excitement and it is easy for younger children to read too. It also has brilliant illustrations and a great story line.'
  • Nate Anderson, age 8 - 'there was good detail and I liked the end bit because the song was funny.'  
  • Finn Wade, age 10 - 'Fantastic book, easy to read funny story would recommend to anyone that struggles to read.'

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ISBN: 9781781126905
Publication date: 15/02/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126905
Publication date: 15th February 2017
Author: Kaye Umansky
Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Kaye Umansky

Kaye Umansky is a truly funny writer. Her classic Pongwiffy series has been a bestseller since first publication and she has been writing for over 30 years. Kaye was born in Plymouth, Devon, and now lives in North London with her husband Mo and her cats. She writes full time in an office with stars on the ceiling.   Awards Kaye has collectedNottinghamshire Book Award 1993 for Pongwiffy and The Spell of The YearTES Junior Music Book Award 1999 for Three Rapping Rats

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