Arthur, High King of Britain

by Michael Morpurgo

Hardcover, 1995



Local notes

398.2 Mor




HMH Books for Young Readers (1995), Edition: 1st U. S. ed, Hardcover, 144 pages


A twelve-year-old boy comes across Arthur Pendragon, who has just awakened from his long sleep beneath the earth, and hears from him some of the exciting stories of his past.


Yoto Carnegie Medal (Nominee — 1994)

Original publication date


Physical description

144 p.; 11.31 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member ccookie
First line:
~ The boy left home at first light, enough food and drink in his rukshack to last him the whole day ~

I liked this one. Like Robin of Sherwood, also by Michael Morpurgo, this book is written for children age 9 to 14. I am trying to read a variety of works about King Arthur and these
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stories of the Knights of the Round Table and Queen Guinevere were simply and clearly told. It was easy to read and understand unlike another Arthur Book I read by Roger Lancelyn Green that I found tedious and boring. This one I raced through. And Michael Foreman's water colour illustrations are incredibly beautiful. Again this would be a bit intense for very young children.
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LibraryThing member dreximgirl
This was easy to read and a really nice re-telling of the story. Enjoyed it immensely.
LibraryThing member JudithProctor
A good retelling that gives the saga a connected feel. The events actually seem to lead into one another. It has all the key stories of the mythos in a solid retelling of the basic legend with nothing major removed (apart from the Roman Emperor stuff) and no unnecessary stuff added.
The only reason
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for the relatively low rating is that I'm too old for this version - when younger I would have loved it. I'm keeping it for my granddaughter to enjoy when she's the right age.
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½ (25 ratings; 3.7)
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