In his haste he offends three of the best musketeers—Porthos, Athos, and Aramis—and challenges each to a duel that afternoon. All three musketeers arrive at the appointed location at the same time to duel with D'Artagnan. However, they are interrupted by Cardinal Richelieu's guards.
The picaresque adventures of the young d'Artagnan, who strives to become a musketeer in service of the king, unfold in a visually vibrant adaptation of Dumas's novel. It's no easy task to condense such a sprawling story into a picture book, and readers may have trouble keeping up with the swerves of the plot. French artist Andr uses airy, watercolorlike effects to create dramatic visuals suggestive of stills from an animated action film. It's an ambitious retelling, but most readers will probably benefit from outside research or conversations with adults to better understand the context and stakes of the story. Ages 8 11.