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Review: The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico

The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico

  • Published by: Schiffer Publishing 
  • Publication Date: April 28th 2019
  • Genres: Children’s Picture Book, LGBT, Fantasy
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Date Read: July 6th 2019
  • Links: Goodreads | Netgalley

Knights, dragons, and princesses are the things all good fairytales are made of, but what happens when the tale has an LGBTQ ending? Follow Cedric on his journey from his days on a humble pumpkin farm to the adventures that lead him to become a full-fledged knight. Once a knight, discover how he uses his cleverness and courage to vanquish a fire-breathing dragon and rescue a beautiful prince and princess. It is only then does Sir Cedric face his most difficult challenge. Will he follow his heart, and prove that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is choose for yourself how your fairy tale ends? 

– Synopsis,
Goodreads

I received a copy of The Bravest Knight who Ever Lived from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

I’m going to start of by saying I haven’t read a children’s Picture book in YEARS, not since I was a child myself, but I couldn’t resist this one when I saw it on netgalley, I never had books like this as a kid and I think it’s fascinating and amazing that we have them now and I wish we had books like this back then that we have now.

This short illustrated book is told through rhymes and it follows a young boy in his quest to becoming a squire first and then a knight. He looks for his happy ending and he finds it in the prince he rescues. It follows the story of Cedric, a poor and an honest pumpkin farmer who went on to become a distinguished knight. Many adventures and persevering later the knight meets a princess and prince when he saves them from a dragon. When the princess asks for his hand in marriage he informs her he has fallen in love with the prince. 

The story was narrated in a poetic manner. The LGBTQ touch at the end was magnificent and the only reason I actually requested this book, but it was so worth it. I wish to see more LGBTQ fairy tales in the coming years, especially for young readers. Not only does this story have an important lesson about acceptance, it also contains a quote that I think would serve many children and adults well:

“often, we can find the answers back where we’ve begun.”

The art is very colorful and simple and there is little text on every page, so this would be good to read out loud to a small kid. The words are in a sort of sing-song verse and some of the rhymes are a little forced, but I think it should work for a read-aloud. I also found out there’s a show on Hulu that’s connected to this and it’s a sequel or something. I definitely recommend this book for introducing diverse stories to young kids. LGBT+ Books are so important and relevant to today’s Generation and there definitely needs to be more books like this.

That’s it for this review! Do you enjoy reading Picture Books? Or do you have kids that you read to? How do you feel about LGBT+ Themes in Children’s Books? Or introducing kids to these themes? let me know your Thoughts in the Comments!

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Review: Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooks

Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooks

  • Published by: Elphame Press
  • Publication Date: October 29th 2015
  • Genres: YA Romantic Mythology
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 204
  • Date Read: July 6th 2019
  • Links: Goodreads 

Not even the god of gods could command my heart not to love… 

In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow and arrows, and eternally chaste. But could there be more to her story? Perhaps Lady Artemis had envisioned quite a different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, had chosen for her. What if she hadn’t merely pined after the giant huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken of a forbidden romance with him? 

From prolific fantasy writer C.K. Brooke comes an original divine novel, in which Artemis’s classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life – and love. 

– Synopsis,
Goodreads

I received a copy of Secrets of Artemis for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

This story is told entirely from Artemis’s point of view. A retelling of sorts of her entire life. The author took apart the myth and reassembled it as her own. A new take on the life of Artemis and different tales of the Greek Gods. I absolutely love the Greek Gods and love reading about them. I love the stories of the twelve Olympians. This is a look into the Goddess of the Hunt told in first-person perspective.

Artemis is a well known Greek Goddess and seeing her story told in the first person in a different perspective to that in the history books was refreshing. I love Greek Mythology but this book was really not for me, It was slow paced, I found myself becoming bored of it and even skimming parts of it. The general plot of the book is interesting. Artemis’ character read as if she were human and relatable to the reader. The relationship between Artemis and Orion was interesting to read about. Overall, this could have been an enjoyable book that provided a new perspective on the story of Artemis but I just couldn’t get into, it fell flat for me, it didn’t hold my attention at all. I do still appreciate the effort and what the author was going for, it just really wasn’t for me.

That’s all for this Review, I didn’t really have much to say about this one! Sorry for bombarding everyone with all these reviews, but I’m finally catching up with the Backlog, and I’m enjoying writing these, even the less than Stellar ones. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree with any of this?