The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer.
If you have any little knights at home, this is the book for you. It begins with a small boy dreaming of being a knight, wishing that he had lived long ago. He would be the squire for the bravest knight, polishing armor, searching for adventure, rescuing fair ladies, and much more. Finally, the king and queen would send the brave knight and his squire off to fight the giant troll. And from there, I will leave you to read the rest. Let me just say that my little knights were shocked by the ending.
This picture book has the trademark Mercer Mayer art that offers details worth seeking out and funny situations. It is fresh, fun and also has a classic feel. The text of the book is simple and friendly. My only misgiving is that young female knights and princesses don’t have any role at all. The women in the book are helpless females who either need rescuing or sit mindlessly knitting in the face of danger. Too bad because all it would have taken was to reverse the king and queen’s facial expressions once in awhile or to have a gutsy damsel and it all would have felt much more modern.
Recommended with reservations. I would pair this only with a strong female counterpart if I was going to read it aloud to a group.