Sunday, February 12, 2017

Arthur and the Golden Rope, by Joe Todd-Stanton

Take a trip into the long-ago past of Norse mythology with the adventurous Brownstone family.  Joe Todd-Stanton's Arthur and the Golden Rope tells the story of young Arthur, the first Brownstone adventurer.  He loved to explore the forest around his Icelandic hometown.  One day, while he was out in the forest, the giant wolf Fenrir attacked his town and put out the great fire that kept the town warm and livable.  To save the town, someone had to travel to Thor and entreat him to give them fire.  All other candidates had been injured in Fenrir's attack, so the task fell to Arthur.  With his uncanny wit and some unusual tools, he subdues Fenrir and, as reward, Thor relights the fire in Arthur's village.

The story is cute, and steeped in Norse mythology.  But the whimsical, colorful illustrations make the book worth picking up.  I enjoyed Arthur's adventure, and would look forward to see more stories about the adventurous Brownstones.
Thor explains to Arthur how to subdue Fenrir.

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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