Monday, March 06, 2006

Barlow, Steve and Steve Skidmore. Goodknyght!

Barlow, Steve and Steve Skidmore. Goodknyght! [Tales of the Dark Forest #1]. HarperCollins, 2001 [0-00-710863-x]
William, pig farmer's son, is the whipping boy for the King's wimpy son. One day he tricks the Prince and King and gets admitted into Knight school. He gets an undefined quest of which he has always dreamed. This sets him off on a wild adventure with dragons, mythical creatures and magic. This 280 page book is an absolute riot, riddled with all kinds of jokes and plays on words. For example on character is guy, Pastafarian with braided hair who sells pizza and pasta. There is a spirit called Humphrey the Boggart (with lisp and all.) The crowing achievement is a talking harp with over the edge humor like the genie in Aladdin. This is a book I may want to read again just to catch more of the humor some of which most kids will not get, but there is plenty for them also.


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