Perfect Picture Book Friday – Dough Knights And Dragons

Good Morning, fellow picture book peeps!

I don’t know about you, but there are so many books I want to post for Perfect Picture Book Friday lately that there aren’t enough Fridays!ย  As you well know, by this time next week we’ll be up to our Jack-O-Lantern grins in the Halloweensie Writing Contest, so we’ll have to skip our perfect picture books… but for a very good cause!ย  I can promise you the stories that will be entered will be so much fun to read that you won’t even notice we’re not doing PPBF ๐Ÿ™‚

But for today, I have another delightful book to share!ย  And just wait til you see the activity kit that goes along with it – I tell you, it made my writerly heart go pitter-pat! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dough Knights

Title: Dough Knights And Dragons

Written By: Dee Leone

Illustrated By: George Ermos

Sterling Children’s Books, October 3 2017, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 5-8

Themes/Topics: friendship, creative problem solving, standing for what you believe

Opening: “In a magical kingdom far to the east
lived a very small knight and a very large beast.
One day while collecting fresh herbs in a glen
the young knight discovered a well-hidden den.
It was filled with ingredients he’d not seen before.
The lad couldn’t resist – he just had to explore!

Brief Synopsis: A young knight and a friendly dragon meet by chance in the woods and become friends when they discover they both love to cook.ย  But the kingdom has a law that knights and dragons must fight each other.ย  The friends can’t bear the thought!ย  Can they cook up a clever way to avoid fighting and put an end to the silly law?

Links To Resources: Fantastic activity kit from the author!ย Read with A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Klostermann and compare and contrast ๐Ÿ™‚ (Sorry if I just gave you a ghastly flashback to high school English essays ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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text copyright Dee Leone 2017, illustration copyright George Ermos 2017

Why I Like This Book: This is such a fun, imaginative story.ย  I love that the boy and the dragon develop a close friendship over cooking and baking, (something you might not expect of a boy and a dragon ๐Ÿ™‚ ) but that there is also a real element of tension because of the law that requires them to fight.ย  And I love that they stand up for what they believe in and find a creative solution to the problem.ย  The rhyme is catchy and fun to read aloud, and the art is entertaining, colorful and delightful – a perfect complement to the story!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

For the complete list of books with resources, please visitย Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  and come to the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival if you’re in the area!ย  I’d love to see you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚