Review: The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico & Shiloh Penfield

42181480._SX318_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?

Buy links: Dymocks

 

Thank you very much to Schiffer Kids for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Screen Shot 2018-07-16 at 7.38.38 pmNo one should be punished for being themselves. No one should be treated unfairly because of whom they love.

 

I have recently discovered that I seem to enjoy spending my nights not partying or hanging out with friends, rather I prefer crying over children’s books. And if you’ve read The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, you’ll understand why.

This adorable illustrated children’s book very quickly stole my heart. The book follows a young boy on his quest to becoming a knight. He eventually rescues a prince and his sister, and instead of marrying the princess and living happily ever after … he falls for the prince!

I need to mention how important it is to publish queer children’s books, and how much I would have benefitted from such a book at a younger age. I’m so thankful to be living in an age where books with queer characters of all ages are now mainstream so other queer kids can see themselves reflected in fiction.

The artwork is so mesmerising: the colours are bold and bright, and very entertaining for a young child to pay attention to. There is little text in the book, which would be easy enough for a young child just learning to read to follow along if read aloud. There’s also a gentle rhyme to the text that adds an extra dimension to the book, paired with a few humorous scenes. I can see adults and children alike loving this book.

I just recently discovered that The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived has been turned into a TV series by Hulu! It doesn’t follow this book exactly, it’s more about the knight and his now husband as they’re older, and the knight begins to tell their daughter the story of his adventures. Regardless, I’ll definitely be joining Hulu so I can watch!

I highly recommend purchasing this sweet children’s book for the child in your life. Not only is it a fun and charming story, but it reminds us of the importance of allowing every child out there to dream, and that queer kids deserve a happy ending too.

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