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Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood: 08/30/10
When I was about twelve, I got bitten hard by a literary crush on Robin Hood. I spent my summer vacation reading every single Robin Hood book my library had and renting every single Robin Hood film the local video store had. So when Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee was short listed for the Cybils this year I was thrilled.
Outlaw re-imagines the Robin Hood legend and tries to take the swashbuckling camp out for a grittier and more realistic version. Unfortunately the monotone illustrations don't couldn't carry the story. Every page was so dark that the line work was hard to see.
Thinking back to when I was the age this book is intended for, I would have been disappointed. Sure, I would have read it, but I would have been wanting more swashbuckling and more romance and less grit.