The Little Knight is back! Many of us met the Little Knight and her faithful steed, Edward, in Sleepless Knight, from James Strum, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost, the group that brought us Adventures in Cartooning (which featured many of these characters). When we last saw the Knight and Edward, they were having a sleepover out under the stars, and looking for her lost teddy bear. In their newest adventure, Gryphons Aren’t So Great, the Knight learns a lesson in being a good friend.
When the Knight and Edward are out adventuring, they discover a gryphon, and Knight dumps poor Edward to go flying with her new pet. But sooner or later, she’ll learn who she can really count on to be there through thick and thin.
I love these books, and this one carries such a great message to kids who may be on either side of this kind of situation within their own social groups. Kids are fickle – heck, people are fickle – and feelings can get hurt when someone feels dumped for someone cooler, different, newer. It’s a story about being a good friend and learning what that means and a story about understanding the hurt feelings that arise when someone feels left out. It’s letting kids know that it’s okay to feel that way – feelings aren’t wrong, right? – and it communicates those feelings to kids who may not realize the consequences of those actions.
As with Sleepless Knight, we’ve also got some fun “How To” drawing lessons, with an added touch of humor. The Knight shows us how to boogie woogie, we see Edward as a space explorer, a chillin’ bat, and a jamming gryphon.
Gryphons Aren’t So Great hits stores on September 8, but I’ve got a preview for you to check out below, courtesy of the Macmillan webpage, the publisher’s distributor.
GRYPHONS AREN’T SO GREAT
Writers & Artists: James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Andrew Arnold
Publisher: :01 First Second
On-Sale: September 8, 2015