Strum, James Ogres Awake First Second , 2016. $14.99. PICTURE BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL
A knight notices invading ogres and jumps on his loyal steed Edward to go and warn the king. The king is surprisingly calm and consults with tiny garden gnomes on a course of action. The little knight is put to work helping to peel potatoes from the vegetable garden. The question becomes, make war or soup?
This is a cute bright little graphic novel style picture book. I thought it was a fun read and allowed for creative options to war and battle. I did find myself wondering if the ogres would just invade every day for the meal they received, which is a bigger problem. The illustrations are so adorable.
EL(K-3) – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.