The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, retold by Philip Edwards, illustrated by Adam Horsepool

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, retold by Philip Edwards, illustrated by 916EcDAfmTL._AC_UL436_Adam Horsepool. Flowerpot Press, 9781486713110, 2019

 Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre: Picture

 What did you like about the book? This is an abbreviated version of the French novel by Alexandre Dumas–and a little more child friendly. The story begins with a young child playing with toy figurines that resemble the three musketeers–we then get a glimpse of the original story. There is a young man named d’Artagnan who wants nothing more than to leave his countryside home and travel to Paris to join the Musketeers. His father gives him all his worthy possessions for the journey and reminds him that he must be brave, honorable, and never back down from a challenge. Unfortunately, d’Artagnan faces many challenges and these words of advice are put to the test. In the end, d’Artagnan shows extreme loyalty and is welcomed into the Musketeers.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  This is definitely a version of the original that is more suited to a younger audience, however, the whole bit of challenging someone to fight and then using swords in large brawls is just not something that appeals to me right now. It is a classic novel but somehow these topics seem a little different now than they did years ago, especially for young children.

To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of five and eight.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of five and eight

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really, I would stick with the classic because I am not a fan of these types of sword fighting books with young children. There are other books I would buy first.

Reviewer  Kristin Guay, former youth librarian

Date of review: August 5, 2019

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