I recently finished The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam and illuminated by Hatem Aly. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to remember that there is good in the world. I highly recommend to anyone, children, teens and adults. I want to give copies of this spectacular book to everyone.
First, let me give a brief plot synopsis. In France during the thirteenth century, three unique children find themselves working together to save holy texts from being destroyed. The first child is a peasant girl with visions. The second child is an enormous monk-in-training. The third child is a Jew with healing powers. Oh, and yes, there is a holy greyhound Gwenforte. In reasonable circumstances, they would have never all met, but they come together after all being pursued for being different.
Second, that last bit about coming together is a really important idea for me. For the children, it eventually didn’t matter that they were poor, had different skin tones and prayed differently. They saw the injustices of the king and continued on the quest together. This idea is so important to teach adolescents AND adults. This book was so refreshing to read given the high stakes of politics in this country and globally.
Another reason to pick up this book besides the high moral and ethical content, is that it is funny. The illustrations, or doodles, are amazing, and even when they don’t match the scene in the story, it still works beautifully. I didn’t care how I looked on the bus reading a book with pictures. The story was important. Especially the bit about the dragon, but I won’t spoil that for anyone.
Please, pick up this book from your local bookstore or your library! It’s an award-winner for a multitude of reasons.