Monday, June 15, 2015

Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy

(Westbow Press, 2014), pb., 242 pp.
Ages 10-15

This is a comical take on the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The author obviously knows the Arthurian legends well as he uses aspects of the traditional stories and plays off of them en route to make a moral or spiritual point. However, the humor and its nuance was often beyond the reach of my 7 and 9 year old to whom I was reading. The story reads like slapstick and in that genre there is a fine line between being hilarious and just too odd to follow. It didn’t work for us, but in another setting with a slightly older audience it might work very well.


At 1:31 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As the author I have been so busy selling the book, that this is the first time I saw this blog. The book was written for grownups down through middle school. Although it loosely fell into the category all-ages, that's a misinterpretation. It was never intended for seven through nine year-olds. People who like The Princess Bride, The Once and Future King, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and C.S. Lewis stories for the older children pick right up on it. The genre is screwball comedy, which I studied closely while developing the tale. Carl E. Ramsey 8/18/2015


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