Welcome to another
Book Review with MyChild!
Books are critically important in our family – the saying around here goes, “I am always willing to spend money on books and Legos.” As a refresher, MyChild is 7-years-old, in first grade, reads on her own, and her current favorite books to read are the DogMan series and Goosebumps.
I have had the privilege of review a couple Advance Reader Copy books through NetGalley and when I was recently searching for some new books to read, there were a few children’s books available. Of course, I could have just read these on my own and provided a review, but why not involves someone of the intended audience demographic. Here we go.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from
Getty Publications through NetGalley.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This book is currently available for pre-order. Publication date is September 10, 2019.
Godfrey, a peasant boy who works for the lord and lady of the castle, finds a bestiary, or illustrated book of beasts, on the way to do his chores one morning. He begins inventing his own story, placing “Sir Godfrey” at the center of numerous heroic deeds. Sir Godfrey battles a lion, tames a unicorn, defeats a griffin, conquers a bonnacon, and triumphs over a dragon. Godfrey does not realize that each time he says the name of an animal, it magically emerges from the book, causing mayhem and inadvertently accomplishing his chores. The laughs pile up and the tension mounts: When will Godfrey realize that all this outrageous stuff is going on?
Mom: I was very interested in this book, just by the look of the cover. The illustrations and artwork within were great!
Overall, I found the story cute. Most of the books story is narrated by the main character, Godfrey, telling his own story about the beasties – mythical creatures – in the book he “borrowed.” This was generally fine, but there were also parts spoken by other characters without attribution – it took either of us a minute to realize what was being said and realizing it was actually Godfrey’s mother speaking, etc.
There are also scrolls across the top of certain pages with “In which Godfrey [does a thing].” These tended to be clunky and didn’t add to the story.
MyChild: I really liked the pictures and I thought it was fun how the creatures did Godfrey’s chores for him.
Mom: The Note to the Reader and The Bestiary, at the end of the book were great additions to the book providing excellent introduction to the original artwork from the medieval era and overview of the time period.
MyChild: My favorite part was how the lion made friends with the kittens.
The Final Verdict
Our rating: 3 stars
Would we recommend? Yes