Synopsis from NoBrow Press:
Imagine a vault so cavernous that it could contain the world’s greatest treasures, from mummified remains of ancient monarchs to glistening swords brandished by legendary warriors. How did Professor Brownstone come into possession of such a collection?
Hear the tale of the very first Brownstone and his quest for the golden rope as we travel back to the land of the Vikings. A place filled with magical objects, powerful gods and legendary beasts to be conquered!
About: The Brownstone’s Mythical Collection: Arthur and the Golden Rope is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. It was published on 2/14/17 by Flying Eye Books, a children’s imprint of NoBrow Press, hardcover, 56 pages. The genres are picture books, fairytales, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 5 to 9. The second book to this Brownstone’s Mythical Collection is called Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx. According to the publisher’s website, “Nobrow burst into existence in late 2008 as the joint creative endeavour of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro.” They “sought to bring new stories to life, as well as to revive well-worn yarns for new generations of people.” They also “speak with boldness because we are proud: of our team, our collaborators and our fans.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and the author.
My Experience: I started reading Arthur and the Golden Rope from The Brownstone’s Mythical Collection for my 5 year old son as a bedtime story on 5/30/17 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 6/11/17. This book is fantastic! I love how Arthur doesn’t meet the general description of a hero: popular, big, strong, & handsome, but quite the opposite because the townsfolk deemed him a meddler with big wide rimmed eyeglasses and small. I love his curiosity and his interests to explore. Arthur collects many unusual things from his adventures in the forest and it piques my son’s interests greatly because he’s also a collector (little sticks that ends up in my washing machines).
In this book, readers will follow the adventures of Arthur as he travels to the land of the Viking Gods to ask their help to relight the great fire in his hometown in Iceland. This great fire provides warmth for the citizens and it was just destroyed by the huge black wolf. If the fire is not restored soon, the citizens could freeze to death. Growing up, Arthur enjoys exploring the woods and collect odd souvenirs. When the God of sky and thunder named Thor told him that he will help save Arthur’s hometown if Arthur can help him catch the monstrous wolf. The wolf can only be captured by the golden rope and in order to create the golden rope, Arthur was to obtain the sound of the cat’s footfall and a mountain root and put them into glass bottles. From his past explorations, Arthur didn’t think this would be any harder. When it’s time to tie up the big bad wolf, Arthur and the Gods run into an unexpected trap.
This is my first time encountering Norse Mythology and the Viking Age and I’m liking it. My son and I both love the illustrations. I love the separate images showing Arthur climbing up the World Tree to obtain the root of a mountain, up and up he goes. My son recognize that Arthur uses one of the items he collected from his exploration to trick the bad wolf. I like how the bird came to Arthur’s rescue just like Arthur came to the bird’s rescue in the past. My son questions how is it possible to record the sound of the cat’s footfall into a jar. Funny. I assume this is where the author’s attempt at humor in the story because Arthur hits the cat with a stick and it jumps into the air before hitting the ground giving Arthur the opportunity to record the cat’s footfall into the jar. We both laugh out loud at that part. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Arthur is just too cute and for any unpopular kids out there, this book will encourage them to embrace their uniqueness because as unlikely as Arthur is, he’s the town’s hero!
Pro: Norse mythology, Viking Age, actions & adventures, illustrations, fast paced, unlikely hero, magical objects, ancient mythical world
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine. His first picture book, Arthur and the Golden Rope, was published by Flying Eye Books in 2016. He lives and works in London. (Info & Photo obtained from NoBrow’s website, images of books obtained from Edelweiss book details, author photo obtained from Amazon.com).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to NoBrow for the opportunity to read and review. Please assure that my opinions are honest.