Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Michael Morpurgo

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A witty Arthurian tale receives a wondrous translation by England's Children's Laureate and an award-winning artist.

Think yourself back in years, my friends. . . .

It's New Year's Eve in Camelot, where King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and all their good Knights wait breathlessly for an extravagant feast to begin. Suddenly, a strange and frightening Knight bursts into the hall — a giant of a man, green from head to toe, who mockingly challenges the Court to a shocking game. Only the chivalrous Sir Gawain dares to take on the hideous Green Knight. But over the unexpected course of his test,
will Gawain prove as brave and honest as he'd like to believe? Welcome to a medieval world full of sword fights and shape-shifting, monsters and magic, and timeless characters both gallant and wonderfully human. Written anonymously in the fourteenth century, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is retold in its entirety by Michael Morpurgo in a lively and accessible narration that captures all the tale's drama and humor. Vivid illustrations by the celebrated Michael Foreman infuse this classic tale with the sights and colors of dragons, swords, and medieval pageantry.

About Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is the author of more than ninety books, many of which have been adapted for film and television. He has won numerous prizes and awards for his work, including the Smarties Book Prize, the Writer's Guild Award, and both the Whitbread Award and Children¹s Book Award for his novel THE WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR. In 2003 he was appointed the third Children's Laureate, a position he founded with the poet Ted Hughes. He lives in Devon, England. Michael Foreman is one of the world's leading children¹s book illustrators. He has written and illustrated numerous books and has won many major awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Kurt Maschler Award, and the Bologna Graphics Prize. Among his many picture books are HELLO WORLD, A TRIP TO DINOSAUR TIME, and MICHAEL FOREMAN'S PLAYTIME RHYMES. He lives in London.
Published February 10, 2015 by Candlewick. 208 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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In the end, those qualities earn him a new lease on life, though he discovers himself, as Morpurgo writes, “not as honest or true as he would want himself to have been: much like many of us, I think.” Several condensed versions of the story are available for young readers, but enhanced by strikin...

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England's children's laureate Michael Morpurgo retells this classic medieval tale with illustrations by Michael Foreman.

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