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Arthur and the Golden Rope: Brownstones Mythical Collection Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Blending elements of picture book and graphic novel, Todd-Stanton’s book offers a light introduction to Norse myth, drawn in a style that evokes both classic Franco-Belgian comics and the work of contemporary creators like Kate Beaton and Noelle Stevenson.
I see this as also as a great read-together book for kids and parents/caregivers, with the readers going back to look at the drawings again and again. The art work is bright, vibrant and has the perfect amount of detail. The story moves quickly along with the illustrations.
Deanna Evans, Sanibel Public Library
The illustrations in this book are really fun and help tell the story really well. People who like stories about the Norse gods will like this book. I hope that there will be other books like this!
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From the Back Cover
Hear the story of the very first items in this collection as we journey to the land of the Vikings. A place filled with magical objects, powerful gods and mythical beasts to be conquered!
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a quick read with a positive message. Both my 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter enjoyed listening and requested it again. My tween daughter thought the story was cute, too. It is a nice-sized hardcover book, and my son especially liked the metallic golden rope looping around the cover. The real draw here is the lovely, detailed illustrations. My kids enjoyed looking at them after we read the story, pointing out little details they'd missed.
I hope Joe Todd-Stanton continues Arthur's adventure with a follow-up book!
Arthur's tale is of an young Icelander who must treat with the old Norse gods in order to save his village. The story begins with a sweet and gentle recounting of young Arthur's cleverness, courage and equanimity, and then swings into the tale of derring-do that shows Arthur using guile, pluck and his experience with magic to outsmart and defeat, (with Thor's aid), a frightening foe.
But here's the thing. First off, the art is just wonderful. The pages have from one to four panels. The penciling and inking is sharp, and the panels are loaded with detail. Characters are expressive and engaging. Much of the emotion behind the story is drawn from the expressions and attitudes of the characters, and how often do you have pencil work that's good enough to pull that off? This is well beyond the usual comic art, and is enhanced and sharpened by a certain amount of whimsical exaggeration. Colors are bright and a bit haphazard, which emphasizes the fantastical parts of the tale.
On top of that, there are no false steps. Arthur is a bright, stalwart and sympathetic hero, and everything he does is consistent with his youth and his heroic character. The pacing of the story is just right, and neither flags nor skips about. The atmosphere and the moods, (when the story is introduced, during the course of the adventure, once the story is concluded), are consistent and appropriate. There is drama, suspense, and humor in the proper measures and at the proper points.
The whole project is just nicely crafted, with a good feel and a gripping but upbeat undertone. This is an Arthur I can get behind, and would be a series I'd be delighted to follow.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book. And by the way, I'll be buying my own hard copy for the grandkids, especially g'kid Arthur, when the book comes out.)
Cheering for the little guy who is an unlikely hero is always fun. Arthur is brave, even when he is terrified. He puts the knowledge and the artifacts he has collected to good use. And he is the kind of clever hero that doesn't need a ton of muscles to get the job done. The illustrations are excellent. They show the world around Arthur with all the goblins, fairies, and sea monsters. And they also underscore how large and scary these dangers are in comparison to Arthur's small size, which makes his courage even more impressive.
Once readers have learned Arthur's story, they will be eager for more tales from the Brownstone's Mythical Collection.
Arthur lived in a small Icelandic town and while he wandered in the woods having adventures with fairies and gremlins and the like. His real adventure doesn't take off though until Fenrir the wolf runs threw the town, upsetting everything. After that, Arthur sets out to meet Thor so he can make things right again.
This is a very nice hardback. The pages are thick stock and artwork that graces these pages is delightful. There isn't a lot of text so the story moves along in leaps and bounds in places. But what isn't said is shown by the artwork. I particularly like this approach because when sharing a book with young children you can pause at these times and ask them to describe what is going one.
Next story please.
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