Morris, Gerald. The ballad of Sir Dinadan.
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2003: We return with Gerald Morris to another tale from the King Arthur stories, told with wit and imagination. (His other books have been well received, especially The Squire, His Knight, & His Lady, an ALA Best Book for YAs.) Sir Dinadan, younger brother of Tristan (remember Tristan and Isolde?) mostly helps people in a knightly way by using his imagination and not his physical prowess--really he isn't a trained fighter. He is a gifted musician, who can turn any story into a ballad. But minstrels aren't knights, even though Dinadan sits on his horse in such a way that he can sing and play his rebec with ease as he rides. The chapters relate a variety of adventures, many of which are a retelling of the Tristan and Isolde story, which Morris pretty much lampoons. Knights of the Round Table make their appearance in many of the stories: Sir Kai, Sir Bedivere, King Arthur himself. Above all is Morris's sense of fun--and his intelligent retelling of familiar stories. Claire Rosser, KLIATT
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2005|
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