Rick and Jake Meet King Arthur by R.T. Johnson
Lessons in disguise are always a good choice for young readers. This delightful book is no different. It’s a quick read that would be perfect for parent/child time or even for siblings to read to each other.
Title: Rick and Jake Meet King Arthur
Author: R. T. Johnson
Series: Rick and Jake series Book 01
Publish Date: November 11, 2015
Source: Provided by the publisher
Publisher’s Description: King Arthur and King Ralic battle fiercely for Cornwall. When Merlin the Wizard is captured, King Arthur and his men lose the kingdom to Ralic.
The only way to redeem the kingdom and save King Arthur’s lineage from the dark side is through his 70th generation grandson, Rick.
Rick must pass five tests of honor and bravery in order for the kingdom to return to its rightful owner. If he fails just one of the tests, King Arthur’s kingdom and lineage are lost forever.
Present day Rick is thrown into a world of kings, knights, battles, and life and death. Will he be able to save the kingdom? Will he be able to save his lineage?
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
Young Richard must pass five tests to prove that good always triumphs. He doesn’t know what these tests consist of at first but later finds that they were tests of kindness, patience, honesty, selflessness, and bravery. Much like the original tales of King Arthur this book is also a code of conduct in disguise for today’s middle grade readers. By giving real examples that kids may face today, like finding a bag of money while helping your elderly neighbors clean their garage and NOT pocketing it, and adding in the fantasy elements; kids are being taught how to behave.
One of the few things I didn’t like was that the main character is referred to as Richard throughout the entire book – despite being named Rick in the title. Now I know that Rick is a nickname for Richard but it would have been nice to relate it to the title for those who don’t know that little tidbit. Other than that and a few mechanical errors (like a 13 year old boy in the year 2015 using the word nay instead of the word no) there wasn’t much I didn’t like! I give this book 4 stars!
If you like this book…
If you like R.T. Johnson’s writing you should check out Escaping Camp Ravensbrooke. If you want to read the original tales of King Arthur, look into Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table by Thomas Malory. For more time traveling to King Arthur’s time, check out Walt Disney Pictures Presents a Kid in King Arthur’s Court: A Novel by Anne Mazer.