Williams, Marcia. The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets! Candlewick, 2016. $17.99. 48p. 9780763681227. Ages 8-12. P5Q9
Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite scribe, Arthur Inkblott, tours readers through Tudor times with enhancements of punny commentary by Arthur’s pet ferret, Smudge in the margins. The journey includes Henry VIII’s six wives, the fight of the Spanish Armada, the trip across the Atlantic with Christopher Columbus, Shakespeare’s plays, and life with the common people of the era. Jokes, facts, and colorful illustrations are packed into the comic-strip history. Young readers in the U.S. unfamiliar with England during this period of time may struggle with the concepts, but they can still enjoy Smudge’s antics. Featured English monarchs are Henry VI, VII and VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.
Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.