Updated: Jun 3
In this blog, I'm going to talk about the Usborne Graphic Legends Novel "The Adventures of Robin Hood" that I recently discovered. This graphic novel is an adaptation of many early ballads and stories involving a man named Robin Hood who's story has existed since the late 14th century. Even though I read it quickly, I thoroughly enjoyed this version and recommend this suspenseful book for people 8 years of age and up.
For me, this Usborne graphic novel had the perfect amount of realistic characters and drawings which is why I think it appeals to kids my age and older. Since this book had the exact balance of realistic fiction to make believe, I was able to submerge myself without trouble into the "book world" that Sean Astin encouraged me to go deeper into. I also enjoyed the level of action the pictures brought and was thankful that the drawings were not at all gory or bloody.
This graphic novel begins with the Sheriff of Nottingham taxing the poor far too much in the absence of King Richard. When the Sheriff's men go to the final village to collect the tax money, they are attacked by an "outlaw" who called himself Robin Hood. The stranger demanded all the money for the Sheriff's extra expenses to be given back to the poor people whom it was taken from. Time after time, the outlaw struck down the Sheriff's men in the hopes that it would make the poor wealthy again.
Once the Sheriff hears about these daring events, he decides to take action against the hero Robin Hood. He goes to see if there are any villagers who know anything about the strange new outlaw. While he was asking around, one villager says that a man named Robert of Locksley might know where Robin Hood is. She also says Locksley will be having a wedding and all are invited. Just before the ceremony begins, the Sheriff crashes the party by demanding Locksley to say what he knows about Robin Hood from his consorts with him...
I would give "The Adventures of Robin Hood" 5 out of 5 stars for a lot of reasons! I liked how well the illustrator was able to capture the character's emotions on the page, I enjoyed the story line, and I was captured by the daring adventures Robin Hood and his friends got themselves into. All of it lets me love this graphic novel and makes me want to read it again when I get the chance.
Let me know in the comments what you would do if you were watching poor people being mistreated like they were in the story.