CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 19 . . . . January 20, 2012
In yet another gross-out book aimed squarely at reluctant male readers, the mischievous Prince Harry of Armpit, whose father King Reginald is frustrated at his son’s lack of interest in all things knightly and medieval, decides to play a practical joke on the visiting knight Sir Fartsalot by tricking him into believing that a “booger” is haunting the kingdom and must be stopped. Accompanying the good Sir on his quest, Harry has to make an effort to make sure that no one tells the knight the truth, all the while dodging dragons, ogres, and most frightening of all, a bevy of lovelorn princesses. When the pair are joined by the King and the rest of the knights in the Enchanted Forest, the truth is finally revealed, only to be turned on its head when the “booger”, itself, appears and is subsequently vanquished by Sir Fartsalot.
Paling somewhat in comparison with the classics of this genre for their sublime wit and comic timing, Sir Fartsalot seems derivative at times, especially in the excerpt above, whose dialogue is suspiciously reminiscent of the Dark Knight scene in Jon Scieszka’s Knights of the Kitchen Table (this Dark Night, however, turns out to be Fartsalot’s old friend, Sir Cedric Knotaclew). The grossness rarely lets up, and Harry’s looming guilt over the trick he is playing is a fairly meek counterweight to the maximum silliness going on.
Todd Kyle is the CEO of the Newmarket Public Library in Newmarket, ON.
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