This deliciously humorous picture book follows one young knight on a quest to overcome his fear of the dark to find a midnight snack.
Sir Julian has a big problem. It's bedtime, but he's starving! Desperate for a snack to tame the hungry, grumbly beast in his stomach, he sets out on a quest to the kitchen. But there are frightening unknowns lurking around every corner. Can he summon the courage to brave the dark and stop his rumbling tummy?
It's the middle of the night, and a contemporary kid called Sir Julian realizes he's famished--the result of having surreptitiously fed Mom's nasty-smelling "Fusion Fondue" to the family dog. Too short to reach the light switch, the pale-skinned child must now make a quest to the kitchen to "conquer a scrumptious snack," braving a darkness evoked in deep blue-green digital hues. Trailing a blanket cape and carrying a sword and stuffie in hand, he tames the potty monster by tinkling in it, realizes that a "hideous ghostly figure" he sees is just his reflection, and eventually makes it downstairs, only to discover that the only thing to eat is leftovers from the dreaded dinner. Is the knight brave enough--and hungry enough--to eat it? Employing in animation-like art a protagonist prone to imaginative perceptions, Wicker turns the hero's journey on its side and tickles it. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.