THE INQUISITOR’S TALE: OR, THE THREE MAGICAL CHILDREN AND THEIR HOLY DOG by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly

The Inquisitor’s Tale:  Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly

Do you–and the young readers in your life–like adventure?  Enjoy the Middle Ages for a setting? Love beautiful illustrations? Like to keep up with award-winning children’s books?  If the answer is yes, we have a recommendation for you!  Prepare for a fascinating tale of 3 children, set in the year 1242.  Not only are they held captive by knights, they travel across France, work with a king, and even save the land from a farting dragon! The trio of heros are three children:  William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. The dog of the title is  Jeanne’s loyal greyhound Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead.  We love the way the story is told in multiple voices, a bit like The Canterbury Tales.  There is plenty of action, humor, rich fantasy, and complex themes for the whole family.  A terrific read-aloud as well as a sure-fire hit for all.

 

 

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