So You Want To Be a Knight?

Thames & Hudson. (So You Want To Be a...). Mar. 2021. 96p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780500652114.
Gr 3-5–Do you think you have what it takes to be a knight? Kate, Eddie, and Angus jump back in time and explore a medieval castle, where they are trained by real-life historical figure Geoffroi de Charny, a French knight and author of A Knight’s Own Book of Chivalry. The friends learn about important topics of knighthood, including working with horses, codes of chivalry, creating and recognizing a coat of arms, and how to put on suits and armor. The text mentions the roles of women during this time, including damsels in distress and women who pretended to be men to become knights at the risk of death. Each lesson is explained in a short, engaging chapter, keeping readers eager to discover more. Each chapter is presented in a new, fun format, which features short quizzes, checklists, and pro-and-con lists. The whimsical illustrations add context and humor. There are also multiple resources that supplement the text, including a table of contents, an index, a glossary, a map of Medieval Europe, and a guide to common coats of arms.
VERDICT Hand this title, along with others in the series, to readers who enjoy a mixture of history and comedy found in titles like Nathan Hale’s “Hazardous Tales” or “Action Presidents.”

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