A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This wonderful retelling of a classic English folktale shows readers what it was like in Medieval times living from one's wits. A brief afterword gives a nice introduction to the legend that is Robin Hood.
The "stealing from the rich to give to the poor" Robin Hood way is less about vigilantism and rebellion than about standing up for those less fortunate and opposing tyranny.
Positive Role Models
Robin Hood is a role model in that he desperately wants to stand up for those less fortunate. He does steal, but only from those who are not actively helping the poor themselves. He also steals from the corrupt Sheriff and his accomplices to ensure that King Richard's ransom is paid so the King can return to his land.
Violence & Scariness
Since Robin Hood is such a skilled marksman, there are plenty of arrows flying and making their target. Daggers are used throughout, and the right-hand man of the Sheriff of Nottingham, Guy Gisburn, is especially cruel in his torture and violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Robin Hood and Maid Marian steal a few kisses, but they remain chaste, with only cheeky flirting between the two.
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A henchman of Gisburn calls Robin Hood an "ass," but more in the way of a donkey.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Robin Hood and Little John are once seen celebrating with two mugs of ale.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though this gripping adventure graphic novel is chock-full of comic book violence (arrows, knives, and swords are used frequently), it's not gory. The story never loses sight of the underlying message about standing up for those less fortunate and opposing tyranny.
Is It Any Good?
This action-packed origins story of Robin O' the Hood is expertly written, drawn, and colored by three talented artists. The illustrations fit perfectly with the fast-moving nature of the story and neither the words nor the pictures overwhelm the other. The story is an intriguing account of Robin Hood's life -- from his first interaction with an outlaw as a young boy to the grown man he becomes who wants nothing more than to provide for and protect the citizens of Nottingham. The tension between Robin and Gisburn is thick and readers will want to see who ends up victorious in the end. Teen readers will appreciate this fast paced retelling of the popular myth.
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