March 2, 2017
The Forgetful Knight by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Fred Blunt
You’ve heard of unreliable narrators who intentionally try to mislead the reader, but what about a narrator that is super forgetful? That’s what you find in The Forgetful Knight.
From the beginning it is clear that the narrator is having one horrible time trying to keep this story straight. He knows it is a story about a knight. But did he ride away or walk? Was he carrying a sandwich or a sword?And why did he have to fight that dragon again? Something about a missing friend, Sir Clopalot.
Apparently Sir Clopalot and a whole host of beasties were devoured by the dragon. It is up to the knight to stage a rescue. Not to worry, it isn’t a bloody rescue although it is a wee bit gross.
Seriously, do not read on if you are going to get grumpy if I give this away. That said, it shouldn’t be a total spoiler because you’ve read the title of the book. It isn’t until the very last page that the reader discovers that the narrator of the book is none other than the knight himself.
Hmm. Is your young reader going to want to read the book a second or third time once this secret is out. You bet! Because now they know something that this goof of a narrator has forgotten. It will give the young reader a great sense of power to correct the narrator as the story moves along – no, it isn’t a sandwich. He’s carrying a sword!
Fred Blunt created the art work for this book using pencil and computer. His pictures are incredibly silly which is perfect for this story. It also helps keep the gross and would-be scary parts from being really gross or scary. In his world, things are simply much too silly.
This story will make an excellent read aloud since it is tight and written in rhyme. Still, it might be best to read it with smaller groups because the illustrations are so detailed that a child at the back of a large group wouldn’t get the full effect.
Pick this up and share it with your young reader today, whether they are a knight or dragon in training.