THREE complete storybooks in one volume for only 7.99. Sir Gads' is now available in supermarkets (Tesco, ASDA) as well as bookshops. His previous calamity, Sir Gadabout Goes to Knight School has sold over 10,000 copies since August 2006. Full of puns and sophisticated humour, this is Blackadder for children. Great characters - a chaotic knight, a sarcastic ginger cat and a mad turtle - in zany adventures. Funny, laugh out loud adventures - perfect for boys and girls. Short accessible chapters make Sir Gadabout perfect for reading aloud or reading alone, and ideal for reluctant readers The next step up from Horrid Henry. Distinctive illustrations by the ever-popular Tony Ross.
Martyn Beardsley has lived in Nottingham all his life. A civil servant for many years, he is now concentrating on his writing career. As well as being a children's author, one of his great passions is history. In 2002 he published a biography of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer. A committed Buddhist, he is interested in reading, sport, keep-fit and yoga. Martyn Beardsley is married with one daughter and a mad dog. Tony Ross is one of the most popular and successful of all children's illustrators, with many picture books to his name as well as line drawings for many fiction titles.
The inaugural volume in a British series, this Spamalot for elementary-schoolers introduces "the Worst Knight in the World." Allowed at King Arthur's Round Table only because the monarch feels sorry for him, Sir Gadabout has been voted Knights Illustrated's "knight most likely to chop his own foot off in a fight." When readers first meet him, he is competing against Sir Lancelot in a jousting tournament. As the excited crowd roars the apparently conventional cheer, "Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb," Gadabout's decrepit horse bucks, catapulting the befuddled knight right out of his outsize armor and straight up into the air. Misadventure is the order of the day as Gadabout embarks on a quest to find the missing Queen Guinivere; Merlin helps out by turning Gadabout's none-too-bright squire invisible and lending his tart-tongued cat, Sidney Smith, to provide some brainpower. Witches, castles that stand on legs and more add to the scenery. Ross's antic line art enhances the high-energy nuttiness of the text. Eight other Sir Gadabout titles are being released this same month. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.