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Short reviews of three picture books I’ve read recently

For me, one of the great joys of fatherhood is reading with my son. Here’s what we’ve been reading lately.

King Arthur's Very Great GrandsonKing Arthur’s Very Great Grandson – written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel

This is a beautifully illustrated adventure story. I’ve read the book multiple times with my six year old, which he loved, because the main character turns six right at the beginning of the story.

I enjoyed how this book introduced my son to mythical creatures (a fire-breathing dragon, a cyclops, and others) in a fun and non-frightening way. These beings populate many of the books he’ll read as he gets older (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Harry Potter series, and a thousand others) so I was glad that his first exposure to them was endearing.

This book is ultimately about the value of friendship. Pair this message with the sweeping, colorful horizons that fill every page and you’ve got a winner. But perhaps the highest compliment I can give this book is that after the first reading my son immediately said, “Can we read that again?”

Recommended to anyone who reads picture books to their children. The story is powerful and the art work is stunning.

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