By Adam and Andrea Graham
Frankly, the appropriateness of Tales of the Dim Knight for children depends on the individual child as well as the standards of the parent. The intended audience is the young at heart, as the novel pays humorous tribute to superheroes the authors watched and read about when they were children.
In retrospect, we do see the appeal to kids. Dim Knight is a funny story with a lot action and adventure. So, while our book wasn't written for children, it can be read by teens with parental guidance.
For many parents, this disclosure may prove unnecessary. If Tales of the Dim Knight were a movie, I’d rate it PG-13. In fact, in terms of language and sexual content, the book is cleaner than most PG movies. However, others may have different convictions. The movie, Pamela's Prayer extolled the virtues of chastity before marriage to the point that the heroine didn't kiss a man until the day she was married. One would think no one would complain about a movie like that not being clean enough. However, A reviewer wrote on Amazon:
based on the good reviews that I read on Amazon and on what friends
told me, I thought that this movie would be good viewing for my
family. was I wrong! the whole movie is about kissing, about guys
trying to kiss girls, and about girls not sure if they should kiss or
not and on and on. it started fine, but ten minutes in I knew that it
was not appropriate for my family, but my wife said 'no no no' and
made me keep it on, and I hoped that it would get better. but it just
what a disaster! wouldn't you know it, as soon as the
movie is over, my kids start asking 'how do you kiss,' 'why do you
kiss' and on and on. pretty soon, they were running around the house
pretending to kiss everything - the animals, the pets, each other.
While I don't think there's any chance of Tales of the Dim Knight prompting your child to kiss your dog, I do want to be sensitive to varying parental standards. My goal is to empower parents with the information they need to make an informed decision for their children based on what they think is best.