The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived
Written by Daniel Errico.
Illustrated by Shiloh Penfield.
Now a HULU Original Series!
Knights, dragons, and princesses are the things all good fairytales are made of, but what happens when the tale has an LGBTQ ending? Follow Cedric on his journey from his days on a humble pumpkin farm to the adventures that lead him to become a full-fledged knight. Once a knight, discover how he uses his cleverness and courage to vanquish a fire-breathing dragon and rescue a beautiful prince and princess. It is only then does Sir Cedric face his most difficult challenge. Will he follow his heart, and prove that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is choose for yourself how your fairy tale ends?Taken from book blurb
Release Date: 28th April, 2019.
Length: 40 pages.
Series: N/A. Although the book is now a Cartoon series on Hulu.
Genre: Picture Book. QUILTBAG.
Read as: eBook.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a quick, cute, and LGBTQ positive picture book that tells the story of a boy who grew up on a pumpkin farm and how he became a knight. The picture book is written in rhyming verse and is full of cute illustrations that match the story.
The art of The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is really nice to look at and beautifully illustrate the characters and narrative of the story. Although the picture book is only 40 pages long, it manages to tell an engaging and entertaining story. Now that I know the book has a HULU cartoon series, I will definitely be giving it a watch!
The end of the picture book features a message from the United Nations Humans Rights Office. In this message the states that the ‘world is made up of all kinds of people’ and that no one should be punished for being themselves. The message also talks about human rights, how people should be treated with respect, and how no children or young people should be bullied for being who they are and who they love.
Not only did this message tear me up a bit but its really important to talk about, especially in regards to children’s picture books.
I have previously talked about the importance of QUILTBAG representation in picture books before, but I cannot stress how important books like The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived are, as it is so essential to include diversity in children’s books. We need stories that normalise our differences, teaching children about equality and acceptance.
I would really recommend The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived to every parent or person looking to purchase inclusive junior books. Not only is the book a positive representation but it is a cute and entertaining one. There is action, there are rhymes, and there are pumpkins 🎃
Please note: I received a copy of The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived from NetGalley.