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Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso

Knights of the Lunch Table (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Frank Cammuso

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Title:Knights of the Lunch Table
Authors:Frank Cammuso
Info:Paw Prints (2008), Edition: Reprint, Library Binding, 144 pages
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Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso (2008)

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  mestinson | Oct 26, 2015 |
Artie King is the new student at Camelot Middle School, and his first day is not going well. Artie misses the bus, angers the principal, and is forced to take a pop quiz. To make matters worse, he foolishly brags to the Horde, a group of dodgeball champions, that he too excels at the sport. After opening a mysterious rusted-shut locker, Artie is challenged to a match by the Horde, eager to maintain their social status at Camelot Middle. This modern middle school version of the Arthurian legend is presented as a graphic novel, complete with bright, action packed illustrations and contemporary language. Readers will undoubtedly enjoy the lively cartoons and rejoice in Artie’s triumph over the Horde. Beginning and middle readers will love this graphic novel, and will certainly be looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  ginawilliams | Nov 19, 2014 |
The first in a goofy graphic novel series which reinvents the legend of King Arthur in modern day, Artie King, a self-titled “average” kid just wants to be good at something and fit in at school, but he gets more than he bargained for on his first day at Camelot Middle School, where he faces down a weird (magical?) locker, a horde of dodge ball bullies, fortune-telling lunch ladies, and an evil queen…I mean, principal. Frank Camuso’s caricature-like pen-and-ink illustrations are bright and larger than life, with characters popping right out of the panels, and his story-telling makes for a funny, adventure that will have you rooting for Artie and his underdog pals as they ban together to win an epic dodge ball show-down and become the heroes of the school. Although some of the clever naming and references to the original King Arthur story may go unnoticed by those not familiar with the myth, this book is a good length at 141 pages for 4th-7th graders, and with a sense of humor which will appeal to boys and girls, it could be a great choice for encouraging reluctant readers. ( )
  AmandaPalomino | Oct 1, 2014 |
This graphic novel had such great illustrations! Artie is a new student, and new to the neighborhood. Despite his wishes to fit in, Artie does just the opposite. He becomes the King of all the students after opening his locker that granted him the title, and now he has to deal with an evil administrator and a horde of bullies that are illustrated to look terrifying. In the end, he wins an epic dodgeball game against the horde, and all order is restored.

Because the book is primarily photos and some small dialogue or though bubbles, kids of almost any age would be able to read this and enjoy it! Again, another great example of overcoming obstacles and finding strength. ( )
  aelmer | Mar 11, 2014 |
Artie's first day at Camelot Middle School is off to a bad start--he missed the bus, ran afoul of the bullies, was assigned a bum locker that hasn't opened in years, and may have led his new friends to believe he was some kind of dodgeball legend. So when the bullies challenge Artie and his friends to a do-or-die dodgeball game, Artie's the only one who knows they're doomed... or are they?

The writing is maybe a little clunky at the beginning, but it smooths out fairly quickly. The Camelot allusions are thick on the ground (characters Arthur and Gwen, and the teacher Mr. Merlyn) but the target audience for this book isn't likely to find any problem with that. The cartoony art style and color palette are friendly, fun, and welcoming. My only hesitation with this is that these are middle-school students, but the book will appeal most to upper-elementary kids--and even that's not really a gripe. The ending is predictable (how do you think the dodgeball game will play out?), but it's sweet and fun all the same. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
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I think kids will really enjoy this book. For adults, this is going to be like cotton candy, a nostalgic fluffy treat. Cammuso has done a good job of writing for kids while avoiding the pitfalls of trying to be ‘hip’ or ‘up-to-date’ through the use of slang or clothing styles.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043990322X, Paperback)

In this funny new series from Eisner Award nominee Frank Cammuso, the Arthurian legend is reborn--in a funny, average-joe, middle-school boy and his pals.

Artie King just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School. He’s got new lunch buddies, Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, is pretty cool. But then there’s scary Principal Dagger and big bad Joe and The Horde, a bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school.

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Arnie opens a mysterious locker at Camelot Middle School and ends up in a dodgeball game with the school bullies.

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