A young knight decides to take her horse and go camping in the woods – but what happens when she can’t find her teddy bear? So begins the story of Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Andrew Arnold.
For anyone familiar with Sturm & Co.’s Adventures in Cartooning, the Knight and her horse, Edward, are familiar characters. If you’re not, no worries at all – the Knight character can be a boy as easily as a girl; there are no gendered pronouns or actions in the story at all, so you can hand this to any kid, who will immediately put himself or herself in the Knight’s place and love this book.
The story is short but hilarious, with a little Knight who overloads her horse, and sets off to go camping. They gorge themselves on marshmallows, and a frantic search for Teddy ensues when Teddy goes missing at bedtime. A nearby rabbit directs the Knight to a cave, going on the Knight’s description of Teddy… but what she finds in the cave is no teddy bear! Kids and adults will love the comedy of errors and the happy resolution to this story. The art is adorable and child-friendly, with simple lines and bright colors. Add some instructional pieces on drawing the characters in the book (with some very funny situations, like checking email), and you have a great book for your burgeoning comic fan’s shelf.
This is a great bedtime story book. Heck, I think I may hide my toddler’s teddy and play Sleepless Knight with him, right before bedtime. Grab this book when it hits stores in April. It’s a great early graphic novel for the little ones.
Writers & Artists: James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Andrew Arnold
Publisher: :01 First Second
On-Sale: April 14, 2015