An ad for this book was posted on my timeline by Kickstarter the other day, and it looked neat so I went for the click bait. Oddly enough, the project had already been funded, but it still caught my attention. Zach Weiner, best known as the writer and illustrator behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, has decided to write a children’s book called Augie and the Green Knight, which follows the adventures of a young and scientifically minded girl named Augie as she explores a fantasy world and learns about the Green Knight. The story follows the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, only now the reader gets to see the story from the Knight’s side of things, if through Augie’s eyes.
The book will also feature art from the legendary French comic artist Boulet who is probably best known for the comic Raghnarok. Each copy is planned to be hardcover so that it is lasting, though there are PDF versions of the book available at lower reward tiers. Though the project is backed, there are still a lot of stretch goals that can be hit, including more artwork in the book by Boulet. If this project sounds interesting to you, and you’d like to get a copy of the book as soon as it’s done, you can check out the project’s Kickstarter page.
What I think most interests me about this is Weiner’s description of the story as being influenced by classic adventure novelists like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. He also lists T.H. White as one of his biggest influences for this book, and Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little are both incredible stories that I loved in my childhood.
Personally I’m a fan of some of these more classic writers having grown up reading their work, and I’d say that’s true of stories in many genres and for many age groups. Friends in publishing often tell me that many of the older fantasy novels I grew up reading couldn’t be sold anymore because publishers are looking for more updated, poppy styles, and I’m sure that’s also true in children’s literature and other categories or genres. I like Weiner’s decision to go outside the standard publishing routes to create the story that he wants to tell and to make sure that it comes out the way he wants it. I’m curious to see how it turns out, but I’m excited about the story’s potential.