Knightscares #1: Cauldron Cooker’s Night by David Anthony and Charles David

Knightscares #1: Cauldron Cooker’s Night by David Anthony and Charles David: Josh and Jozlyn live in your typical Medieval-ish fantasy village, with fairy armies and witches’ holidays. Our story begins on Cauldron Cooker’s Night, a celebration for witches that leaves regular folk cowering under their beds. When the whole town is turned to frogs by a vengeful witch, it is up to Josh and Jozlyn to save them. Along the way they encounter ogres and wizards, magic mushrooms and bog beasts. Master Gramble, the turtle with the brain of a stone, was probably my favorite character, and I hope he shows up in future volumes of the series. The illustrations were fine and detailed. This was more or less a standard sword’n’sorcery tale but I happen to like me some good old fashioned S&S so I’m not complaining. That said, it is undeniably written for children, complete with cautionary asides about not eating wild mushrooms without a parent around and other such things that took me out of the story. Which isn’t a bad thing, of course – it just means that I, as an adult, did not get as much enjoyment out of the story as I probably would have a couple decades ago. However, this would be a fun one to read aloud to your kids, if only to say “griznt” over and over again.

Also posted on BookCrossing.

  1. Just a quick note to say thank you. Charlie and I appreciate you reading and reviewing our books. We’re even more pleased to hear that you enjoyed them. :p

    Real heroes read!

    ~David Anthony, co-author of Knightscares and Heroes A²Z

  2. Hi Kate!
    We have a lot of things in common…Theatre, Virginia, love of animals’ art and reading.
    I must admit I am not nearly as well read as you. Though I do love to read (I blame Motherhood) :)
    I enjoyed looking through your blog and checking out some of your pictures.
    And as far as you being an amateur artist I do not believe there is such a thing.
    If you in enjoy the process you are creating art!
    I will add you to my blog roll and check in on you and see what you are up to!

    • Thanks! :D

      What’s funny to me is that I don’t think of myself as “well-read”. In fact, until college I pretty much never read for pleasure. I guess I’m making up for lost time. :)

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