Review! Blog Tour! There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Klostermann

ThereWasOldDragon-Cvr_670There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight

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!

Categories: Age 6-9

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30 replies

  1. Thanks for another great picture book suggestion! My kids LOVE new versions of this classic!

  2. Reblogged this on Dr Niamh's Plum Tree Creative Community and commented:
    It is always a pleasure to read reviews by Erik!

  3. Always great to see updated versions of old classics. This looks like fun.

  4. What a fun book for the little ones. Everyone loves a good dragon story!

  5. My family and I love the rhyme about ‘The Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly’ and we can’t wait to get our hands on Penny’s version!

  6. How can he be truly horrible when he sports such a cute polka dotted napkin? Neckerchief? I’ll have to read it and find out. Lucky you to get a sneak peek!

  7. What a fun story for young children. Love Penny’s rhyme.

  8. I definitely agree with you, Erik. This is a great book!

  9. This looks delightful! We <3 dragons.

  10. Okay, your donutty crit partner (namely, me) is rather SLACK these days. FINALLY making it by. But how come I stopped getting your posts in my inbox?? FANTABULOUS review. LOVE IT. I agree. I am so proud to know you and Penny too (I made a rhyme). Dragons are BODACIOUSLY cool.

    • Hmm… I can’t help you about the post stuff. Hmm… This has happened before… I think if you sign up again, it redoes you. Sorry if I can’t help.
      And, yes dragons are cool.
      P.S. I like your rhyme. 🙂

  11. So fun to read these comments. Thanks so much for reviewing my book, Erik 😀

  12. Great review, Erik! I can’t wait to read this book!

  13. Love this! What a great idea.


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