Thursday, November 29, 2012

Your children will be captivated: My review of "Brave Young Knight" by Karen Kingsbury



The Brave Young Knight



In a village on the west side of the kingdom lives a young knight who is widely known as being brave and kind, spending his days helping those in need. When the king announces a series of contests and competitions in which the winner will be chosen as prince of the land, the knight begins to question whether he could ever win such a contest, whether he is truly the strongest or smartest or fastest. As the contests begin, the young knight will be tested in ways he couldn't have imagined, as the competing knights encourage each other to bend the rules to help them gain an advantage. As the contests draw to a close, the king announces his decision before a crowd who wonders, just who will be crowned prince?

Again featuring the gorgeous illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard, Karen Kingsbury weaves another wonderful tale that will delight young readers in "Brave Young Knight". My children crowded around the book as I read it to them, pointing out the vivid scenes and the humorous details, like the knight lifting armfuls of dogs to increase his strength. Although the ending may not be a complete surprise as they fully expected the good knight to win, my children greatly enjoyed following the story from beginning to end, declaring at the conclusion "I absolutely loved that book!". Both this book and another of Karen's stories, "The Princess and the Three Knights", are some of the most beautiful children's books I have ever seen, and they contain stories that not only entertain the children but impart valuable lessons as well. In this tale, children will learn the importance of following God and his ways, even when it seems like there may be an easier but less honest way to do something. They will learn that there are consequences for choosing to sin, and that God rewards those who faithfully follow his word.

I highly recommend this children's book and award it a full 5 out of 5 stars. Plan on introducing your children to this book!

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan (Zonderkidz), for the purposes of this unbiased review.


About the author and illustrator


 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist, with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple bestsellers, including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.



Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was a very young child. Born in Montreal, Canada, she studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. She began her career as a muralist, painting numerous walls in commercial buildings in the Montreal area. She now lives in the Eastern Townships with her chickens, two children, and husband, who is a wood boat builder. They share an old barn as their creative studio.







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