Marcia Williams is a successful author and illustrator and, with her distinctive cartoon-strip style, has now illustrated and retold many literary classics for children, including The Iliad and the Odyssey (9781406303483), Greek Myths (9781406303476) and Mr William Shakespeare's Plays (9780744569469). Marcia lives in Barnes, London.
Don Quixote, Sinbad the Sailor and Joseph (with his coat of many colors) have all been give in exuberant new incarnations at the hands of the talented Williams, who here makes Robin Hood and his band merry indeed as she translates their feats into comic-strip-style art. Robin Hood's charisma and his colleagues' diverse personalities provide rich raw material for Williams's witty narrative and pun-filled asides, resulting in what may well be her most child-appreciated work yet. Her snappy text and characteristic, riotously detailed panel art recount a host of well-loved adventures, among them how the homeless, hapless Robin of Locksley comes to vow to help the poor under the nickname of Robin Hood; how Marian and Friar Tuck join the spirited outlaws; and how Robin, disguised as a beggar, tricks the Sheriff of Nottingham to win the Golden Arrow as the finest archer in England. Though not as vibrantly colored as in her previous volumes, Williams's inventively bordered art emphasizes the more subdued, earthy tones of the legendary Sherwood Forest-punctuated, of course, by Robin Hood's trademark Lincoln green. Ages 5-up. (Mar.)
Action-packed... Lively pictures - dazzling with brilliant colours
and shading ... a feast for the eye. * Junior Education *
I don't often use the word 'brilliant' but it's tumbling off the end of my quill at the moment like an acorn from a Greenwood bough. * The School Librarian *
Gr 3-5‘Williams has retold Robin Hood's adventures in a comic-strip format. Basic plot elements are consistent with the well-known versions of the tales. There are up to two-dozen panels per double-page spread; each one has a line or two of text below it along with humorous asides and dialogue written within the framed pictures. This makes the reading choppy and abrupt, and gives the impression that the text was written to go with the pictures instead of the other way around. The print is quite small and the vocabulary is challenging. Williams's line and watercolor cartoons are done mostly in yellows and greens and are bright, busy, and colorful. They include some gross details for kids who look for that sort of thing. There are many better versions of Robin Hood available.‘JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA