I said Perfect Picture Book Friday was on hiatus until September.
And it is.
It’s just that I had to interrupt the hiatus today to shout a fabulous new book from the rooftops and make sure you all knew about it in time to preorder!
It’s not every day that someone you know – someone whose writing you’ve watched blossom and grow – releases a debut picture book, so when that happens it is truly cause for celebration! In this case, that someone is a talented writer and poet, an entertaining blogger, always willing to jump in and help with any hair-brained schemes I happen to be cooking up :), and an all around fun person who I’m privileged to call a friend. . . the lovely and delightful Penny Klostermann!!!
Sit back and get ready to enjoy her splendiferous, tons-of-fun debut picture book: There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight!
Title: There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight
Written By: Penny Klostermann
Illustrated By: Ben Mantle
Random House, August 2015, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-7
Themes/Topics: retelling of classic tale, humor, greed
Opening: “There was an old dragon who swallowed a knight. I don’t know why he swallowed the knight. It’s not polite!”
Brief Synopsis: For some unknown reason (maybe he was hungry?! :)) a dragon swallows a knight… but apparently that doesn’t quite do the trick, because after the knight he proceeds to swallow half the kingdom! Eventually, though, the dragon has had ENOUGH!
Links To Resources: activity guides on Penny’s website; make up your own “There Was An Old ____ Who Swallowed A _____” story!
Why I Like This Book: Is there anything NOT to like??? 🙂 This is a wacky, fun, rollicking story that takes advantage of the familiar format of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly while making the whole concept completely new and fresh. The dragon is delightfully grumpy when he hollers, “I’ve had enough of this swallowing stuff!”, and I dare any kid not to laugh when the dragon burps everything back out. Well… almost everything 🙂 (You’ll have to read the story to find out how it ends :)) The art is absolutely perfect! Bright, engaging, and full of humorous details that are just right for the story – an author/illustrator match made in heaven. There is so much to like in this book that it’s hard to pick favorite things, but I am especially partial to the steed who, once he enters the story, goes clippity clippity clippity clop! on every page – so much fun to read 🙂 Race out and pre-order your copy today, and/or make sure your local library plans to carry it!!!
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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!! 🙂