The Legend of King Arthur-A-Tops

by Mo O'Hara (Author) Andrew Joyner (Illustrator)

The Legend of King Arthur-A-Tops
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

"Truly this contains some knights to remember." --Kirkus Reviews

A bumbling triceratops must prove himself worthy in New York Times bestselling author Mo O'Hara's second hilarious picture book offering a prehistoric spin on the legend of King Arthur.

It's the Festival of the Stone, and dinosaurs from across the land will try to pull the great horn Rex-calibur from the magical stone. The one who succeeds shall be crowned king or queen. Arthur-a-tops is probably the least likely to accomplish the task. And yet...could he be the one true king?

In this completely reimagined Camelot featuring dino-squires, the trusty Merlin-a-dactyl, and easy-to-trip-over dinosaur tails, O'Hara transforms this classic tale into an enjoyable, accessible, and truly funny treat for young readers.

Coupled perfectly with Andrew Joyner's expressive and classic illustrations, this story will induce fits of giggles and lots of knowing nods from parents who want their little geniuses to have the classics down by first grade.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--In typical fairytale tradition, this story begins "Once Upon a Time" in Camelot; the only difference is a hundred million years or so. It features softly colored cartooned dinosaurs dressed in the garb of the Middle Ages. As knight-o-saurs attempt to pull the dinosaur horn from a magical stone in order to receive the kingdom's crown, a cast of anthropomorphic creatures with names ending in -dactyl, -saur, -atops, or -raptor fill the cast of a tale that follows the growth of a leader and the development of his self-image. His successful show of strength prompts an outdoor feast as "Merlin-a-dactyl crowned Arthur-a-tops...the one true king." Lest the reader forget what precipitated the historical end of the dinosaurs, there's a final opportunity to predict an ending as a meteor breaks through hazy skies during a celebratory picnic. VERDICT With a rowdy cast of characters, this offering offers light humor and encouragement for those who feel imperfect or insecure. A suggested additional or supplemental purchase for younger readers.--Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Mo O'Hara

Mo O'Hara is the author of the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series and its spin-off series My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet. She grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in London, where she works as a writer, actor, and storyteller.

Jess Bradley is an illustrator of various comics and children's books, including the Agent Moose series. She lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and son.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2020
Age Range
4 - 8 years
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
None 2020

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