The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table are excited…they’re going on a quest. With the rules agreed, the points scoring decided and the lure of a royal prize for the winner, it’s time to hop aboard their less-than-trusty steeds and go questing. Can they return with dragon’s heads, treasure, swords, amulets and damsels in distress? Or will Mrs Spunge’s delicious sandwiches be the real prize…
Kaye Umansky serves up a pun-filled, laugh-out-loud parody of King Arthur and his noble Knights of the Round Table. Camelot is replaced by Llamalot. King Artie and Queen Gwinny rule. And a group of knights - Sir Prancelot, Sir Gary, Sir Bore de Gannet, Sir Percy, Sir Tralahad and Sir Angela (she’s a girl in disguise) - sit precariously around a drop-leaf table that is prone to collapsing at any moment. Expect more laughs than lances, knights that are better at quarrelling than questing and steeds that are more dopey donkeys as opposed to noble neigh-ers.
The whole thing bursts with warm humour, comedic situations and is full of ‘Sir Prise’s.’ Horse’s with unique ‘qualities’ are a nightmare, feisty damsels prove not so easy to rescue, waiting for swords to appear is all a bit boring, dragon slaying is problematic when they look so cute and collecting magic amulets is difficult when dealing with hooded strangers. Oh, and truth-be-told, our brave knights would really rather be back at the castle eating sandwiches.
Umansky’s brilliant storytelling and Ben Whitehouse’s awesome illustrations are a winning combination. There’s even some fabulous bonus content too; a cast list at the beginning and an amusing ballad by the musical Sir Tralahad ensure laughs from first page to last. True to Barrington Stoke form, it is printed in dyslexia friendly font and on tinted paper ensuring the book can be accessed by every child.
Recommended for 8+.