Set in seventeenth-century France, this swashbuckling novel relates the daring escapades of D'Artagnan, a Gascon adventurer, and his three friends — Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three Musketeers in the service of King Louis XIII.
First published in 1844, Alexandre Dumas' exciting story teems with high adventure, royal intrigue, and romance as D'Artagnan and his friends confront the scheming Cardinal Richelieu and his beautiful but treacherous spy, Lady de Winter. Heroic patriotism also comes into play as the four friends hastily journey to the besieged French stronghold of La Rochelle.
Specially adapted for young readers, the novel's stirring themes of reckless courage, love, and derring-do are distilled into a highly readable narrative. Enhanced with original illustrations by artist John Green and set in large, easy-to-read type, this new edition of an old favorite will delight adventure fans of all ages.
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.