Come to the Castle!

A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England

By Linda Ashman; S.D. Schindler (Illustrator)
(Flash Point, Hardcover, 9781596431553, 40pp.)

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

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BEHIND THE SCENES IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE  History comes alive in poetry and pictures.

Welcome to the 13th-century banquet at the castle of the Earl of Daftwood! Here young readers will meet all of the lords and ladies, the servants and the squires. They will discover surprises: flying silverware and mystery meat made of animal feet for dinner--life in the castle isn't always elegant. Linda Ashman's clever rhyming text and S.D Schindler's intricate illustrations look at life in a medieval castle from multiple eye-opening perspectives.

About the Author

LINDA ASHMAN is the author of many critically acclaimed books for children, including Babies On the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs, illustrated by Lauren Stringer, a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives with her husband and son in Denver, CO.

S. D. SCHINDLER is the popular illustrator of many bestselling picture books, including How Santa Got His Job, Big Pumpkin, and the 2005 Newbery Honor Book Wittington. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Praise For Come to the Castle!

“Schindler catches the spirit with illustrations that tiptoe the fine line between tribute and parody . . . . What better kickoff for a history unit.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The text’s humor and specific detail are echoed in Schindler’s ornate and thoughtful pictures, done in the style of an illuminated manuscript.” Horn Book

“Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too.” —Booklist

What is interesting here are the multiple perspectives in rhyming poems that drive the narrative and the humorous artwork filled with period details.” —School Library Journal

“Wit meets historical accuracy in a pitch-perfect mix of laugh-out-loud text and entertaining image.” —Kirkus Reviews

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