Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Dec 27, 2015

Queen Guinevere

Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Christina Balit
Francis Lincoln Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781847807168
RRP: $27.95

This is another title in the reissued The Classics series. These tales from Arthurian legend are about female characters, not all of them nice. They reveal a different Arthur to the chivalrous king of yore – more ruthless and proud, but no less tragic. The writing is in the style of a wandering minstrel with an essence of recollection rather than in-the-moment action. The illustrations are drawn with signature stylised elegance, having the character of coloured glass. Colours are subdued but bold in a palette that reflects regality and Camelot fields. The legend lives on.