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The Legend of Arthur King
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Gr 3-5-Arthur King, 13, is an expert at making up excuses (such as female problems) to get out of class and gaze upon Gwen Lot, his dream girl. He's rather innocent and odd, having no idea how obvious he is to everyone. When he meets a younger boy named Lawrence, who just happens to be Gwen's brother, the three kids become involved in fighting Mordred Holdings' plan to clear Albion Wood to put up a shopping center. A number of coincidences and Lawrence's fertile imagination convince Arthur that he is the reincarnation of King Arthur, meant to lead the people of England to victory. Bratty school girl Faye Morgan and bully Barry Guthries complicate matters considerably. But sweet Arthur continues his quest to win the heart of his true love. The silly farce continues with many parallels to familiar Arthurian legends. Narrator Steven Pacy, an English actor, wonderfully conveys different accents, some of which may be a bit of a challenge for American listeners. His deadpan delivery of Arthur and Lawrence's ridiculous plots and beliefs is particularly funny. He's also quite a good singer, as when the police chief who requires everything be sung to him receives a deputy's report sung to the tune of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's all very light and exaggerated, fun and unbelievable. Ultimately, Arthur King saves the day with a little help from his friends. Has he learned any lessons? Nope, it's time to explore the possibility of being the reincarnated Robin Hood.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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