A Cold Winter's Good Knight

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—This picture book features the characters from the "Good Knight" easy reader series (Puffin). Three big-eyed baby dragons are shivering in their cave until they are rescued by the Good Knight. He takes them to the castle, where a fancy ball is being held, and entreats them to mind their manners. Unfortunately, these little dragons do not know what manners are and cause a series of incidents that disrupt the party. A little too easily, the Good Knight teaches them to say please and thank you and all ends well. While the plot repetition may make for good reading practice, the message does get a little tired. Still, the candy-colored watercolor-and-ink illustrations will appeal to the intended audience, and the book's larger format allows Plecas to pack the pages with more detail, action, and humor. Consider purchasing where there are fans of the easy readers and where etiquette titles are in demand.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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From Booklist

The creators of the Good Knight easy reader series expand to a larger, picture-book format in this wintertime title that takes the familiar trio of endearing little dragons to a fancy ball at a castle. Good Knight warns the threesome to use good manners, but the childlike dragons cause a few dramatic disturbances. Then Good Knight realizes that the dragons are a bit fuzzy on what “good manners” actually mean. The etiquette lessons are smoothly woven into the entertaining, charmingly illustrated story, and many kids will see themselves in the curious dragons who struggle with adult rules of comportment. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg

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