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,
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!