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Arthur: The Always King

Written by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

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Arthur: The Always King Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Traditional Tales

A peerless evocation in words and pictures of the myth and magic of King Arthur

Combining the talents of a Carnegie medal winning author and a thrice winning Greenaway medal winning illustrator, this highly anticipated book was always going to be very special indeed and with its lavish production it proves to have exceeded expectations. Every single page is illustrated, most frequently in full colour, from dramatic full-page scenes to delicate vignettes breathing life into the characters of legend.

In his introduction the author talks about the hundreds and hundreds of stories and poems spread across the western world that feature King Arthur and makes the point that the longevity of their appeal is down to their very human nature. Although suffused with magic these are stories of human aspiration to be the very best that we can be and the yearning for a Golden Age of truth, justice and chivalry and also the resilience that allows us to bear the very human frailties and limitations that continually thwart these ambitions. Apart from the sheer beauty of the language used, these stories offer the complete cycle of Arthur’s life from his magically assisted birth to his passing onwards to Avalon. These are full bloodied retellings too with real medieval gore and lasciviousness making them most suitable for upper primary and secondary readers, but also giving greater depth and understanding of the life, loves, triumphs and tragedies of the Knights of the Round Table and the rich tapestry of magic and monsters with which they grapple. They make a compelling read ensuring that Arthur will indeed always be the King of our literary landscape. A really worthwhile investment.

Joy Court

Arthur: The Always King Synopsis

The definitive retelling of the legends of King Arthur, from Carnegie Medal-winner Kevin Crossley-Holland and former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.

Be enthralled by the world of Arthurian legend in this lavishly illustrated, masterful retelling.

From King Arthur's childhood to his final battle, the timeless tales of the sword in the stone, the quests of the Knights of the Round Table and the wizardry of Merlin are woven together into a breathtaking feat of storytelling.

An extraordinary collaboration between the world-renowned Kevin Crossley-Holland and the three-time Kate Greenaway Medal-winner Chris Riddell, this is a beautiful edition to be treasured by all ages.

Arthur: The Always King Press Reviews

a stand out -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781406378436
Publication date: 04/11/2021
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406378436
Publication date: 4th November 2021
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Traditional Tales

About Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland was born in 1941 in Mursley, North Buckinghamshire, and grew up in Whiteleaf, a village in the Chiltern hills of western England. He attended Oxford University, where after failing his first exams, he developed his passion for Anglo-Saxon literature. After graduating, he was the Gregory Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds, and from 1972–1977, he lectured in Anglo-Saxon for the Tufts University of London program. He worked as a children's book editor while beginning to write his own poems and reinterpretations of medieval legends. He has also taught for extended periods in America. He now lives in ...

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