A Tail of Camelot by Julie Leung
- Pub. Date: Oct. 4, 2016
- Series: Mice of the Round Table, #1
- Format: ebook
- Source: eARC received from Publisher
- Publisher: Paper Lantern Lit/HarperCollins
- Link: Goodreads
An epic new middle grade series in the tradition of Redwall and Poppy, based on Arthurian legend and told from the perspective of Camelot’s most humble creatures: mice
Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of becoming a Knight of the Round Table. For generations, his family has led the mice who live just out of sight of the humans, defending Camelot from enemies both big and small. But when Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a new threat is gathering—one that could catch even the Two-Leggers unaware—it is up to them to unmask the real enemy, unite their forces, and save the castle they all call home.
With the sweeping adventure of New York Times bestselling series like Wings of Fire and Warriors, Mice of the Round Table brings to life a legendary world of animals and magic that kids will want to return to again and again.
Oh my! It’s the rare instance that I find myself both intrigued and fascinated by a historically-set story, more so one that has a tinge of adorableness and a welcomed simplicity to it. A Tail of Camelot, at face value from the cover alone, looked to be like a cute version of this popular legend. That can be both a good or bad thing, which here seems to work just fine. I’m not a stranger to novels that deal with animals in a human run world, I have reviewed some middle grade novels like this in the past such as The Familiars, and was a fan of The Tale of Despereaux as a kid.
A Tail of Camelot and the beginning of the “Mice of the Round Table” series seems to perfectly fit within the caliber of the aforementioned bestsellers and holds its own as a well-executed re-imagining of lore that is intended for and written with young readers in mind, however still remains accessible to any and all who have some extra time to spend with an interesting cast of characters.
Beyond the cover of Julie Leung’s A Tail of Camelot exists a story that can resonate with readers of all ages, and features themes that many can respond or relate to. Calib is a character that is charmingly bashful at first and slowly comes to his own consciousness when called upon to rise to the occasion and do what he feels is the right thing to do. While not a refreshing or particularly inventive use of character design, Leung still crafts a story full of warmth and meaning. Overall, A Tail of Camelot is a cute cinematic-like read that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend for younger readers looking for a light but still mentally-stimulating historical novel.
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