Written by Penny Klostermann
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
40 pages – ages 3+
Will be published by Random House Books for Young Readers on August 4, 2015
Synopsis- In a land, far far away, dragons do exist. And one kingdom has a horrible old dragon living in it. A HUNGRY horrible old dragon. And as a knight and his faithful steed go to face the dragon, they find out he’s not so polite either.
What I Thought- This is a great parody of the traditional “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”. Ms. Klostermann has written a funny, well-rhymed story that makes sense. Kids learn a little about medieval life and they will enjoy a good story while learning. I like all of the little details in the illustrations, especially near the dragon’s den (signs: as the dragon is swooping down- “Beware Dragon” and a dragon crossing sign. -> after the knight is swallowed- “Too Late!”). The rhyme in the book is spot on and I found myself singing the “There Was an Old Lady” tune in my head but with the dragon lyrics. 🙂 This is a great debut picture book. It would make an amazing bedtime story for kids!
I give this five out of five bookworms!