Book Review: The Knights of Boo'Gar by Art Roche

The Knights of Boo'Gar by Art Roche is an illustrated novel perfect for reluctant readers. Storm clouds hang over the kingdom of Boo’Gar. The cantaloupe crop has failed. There is no money in the treasury. Even kind old King Mewkus has started to doubt himself. Can things get any worse? Of COURSE they can! When Princess Phlema’s beloved goat is kidnapped, King Mewkus and his trusted wizard must assemble those fearsome warriors for justice—The Knights of Boo’Gar! There are just a few small problems. Sir Justin ditched the knights to start a boy band. Sir Daphne traded in her sword for a real estate license. Sir John shed his armor to become a tax attorney. That just leaves young (and short) Sir Rowland and his trusty pet turtle, Angelina. Okay … so maybe there’s a LOT of problems.

The Knights of Boo’Gar is a graphic novel that will appeal to many reluctant readers and fan of silly or gross comedy. The puns of grossnes got to be a bit obvious and overwhelming to me- Boo'Gar, Phlema, Mewkus, and so on. This will entertain and keep some turning the pages to see what snort worthy thing will happen next. HOwever, I think more mature (not in regards to age) readers might grow tired of it, as this parent did.  I think the combination of humor, adventure, font size and artwork will appeal to a number of young readers. I already can think of several students in my elemntary school library that will gravitate toward the book and share it with thier friends. I think that my favorite part of the book is Princess Phlema's character. Rather than needing saving, she is the one that saves the day in the end. This made me happier than any of the gross out humor in the book. 

The Knights of Boo’Gar is a fast-paced adventure filled with plenty of illustrations and gross humor to amuse readers. I think reluctant readers and those that just love a fast, fun, and more than a little gross read will enjoy this book. 

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