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The Angry Little Knight

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The Angry Little Knight, otherwise known as Hothead, is tired of “practice” fighting. He wants a real adventure. But when he rides his trusty steed into the dark forest, he finds more than he bargained for: a little dragon that is just as bad-tempered as he is. Will the dragon eat the knight? Will the knight slay the dragon? Both little hotheads are in for a surprise, and the dark forest will never be the same again.

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Overview

The Angry Little Knight, otherwise known as Hothead, is tired of “practice” fighting. He wants a real adventure. But when he rides his trusty steed into the dark forest, he finds more than he bargained for: a little dragon that is just as bad-tempered as he is. Will the dragon eat the knight? Will the knight slay the dragon? Both little hotheads are in for a surprise, and the dark forest will never be the same again.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
This Swiss import stars a little knight whose given name is Sir Henry Oliver Theodor Herbert Egbert Albert Dewinterbottom, but whose parents call him Hothead "for short" because "that's exactly what he was." Little Hothead spends his days practice sparring (an obliging servant lugs his heavy arsenal of weapons from room to room in the royal castle), but he has never yet had a real adventure of his own—until the day the lad impulsively rides out of the castle all by himself, weaponless, to confront a smoke-spewing neighborhood dragon. The dragon turns out to be a similarly clueless child, little dragon Dripdry, who is lost in the forest hiccupping with fear. Hothead hurls himself upon Dripdry to tickle his hiccups away and thus launches a new friendship between buddies who together "could make the dark forest seem a lot brighter." The story has a somewhat wandering structure, but the two problem children do make an adorable pair of friends, whether tickling, swimming, or grilling sausages by dragon flame. Lots of kid appeal here. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—This odd picture book begins well enough but falls flat. Sir Henry Oliver Theodor Herbert Egbert Albert Dewinterbottom, an angry little knight also known as "Sir Hothead," only practices battling. But one day, wanting real adventure, he mounts his steed and trots off into the forest, where he finds a baby dragon that has a bad case of the hiccups. With a feather from his helmet, Hothead tickles Dripdry, curing him. The two go swimming and have a campfire, eating sausages grilled by the dragon "with a single burst of flame," securing an unlikely friendship. Langen tries to keep the feeling playful, but the narrative and dialogue meander at times in lengthy paragraphs. The plot becomes too convenient when Hothead's horse, Roswitha, produces the sausages for the campfire, having cleverly remembered to bring them. The illustrations are colorful, but do not always support the text. For example, on one spread Dripdry finds himself alone in the forest and feeling threatened. "The branches of the trees looked like sharp claws…, his skin became all goose bumpy and his teeth chattered like ice cubes." Yet the branches don't look menacing, the dragon's scales show no signs of distress, and his mouth is closed, with no chattering teeth revealed.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
An insubstantial offering about a young knight who finds real adventure better than make-believe. Young Sir Henry Oliver Theodor Herbert Egbert Albert Dewinterbottom, commonly known as Sir Hothead, is a little noble who takes great pleasure in poking things--mostly inanimate ones--with his considerable collection of swords, lances, spears, halberds, what-have-you. He slashes and reams his various targets with abandon and would be content to for quite some time, until he hears the dragon's roar echoing through the forest: It's time for true engagement. He has a mildly comical joust with the baby beast, cures its hiccups and gets covered with soot. All good fun; all rather unabsorbing. There is no quickening of the blood as Hothead races across the drawbridge, no worry about the damage the dragon might inflict. Benign is the word, not only in the story, but in the artwork as well, which, except for the dragon, has a palette as personality-free as frosting without food coloring. And the lesson here of trial by fire and finding friendship is perhaps too thin to discover in the story, even ironically. Evaporates nearly as completely as the smoke from a dragon's breath. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735841109
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,447,367
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNETTE LANGEN is a children’s book author. Many of her books are “family tested” with the help of her two children. Annette’s most recent book published by NorthSouth is Our Very Own Christmas. She lives in Leichlingen, Germany.

KATJA GEHRMANN is a children’s book illustrator. She attended the Valencia School of Art and College of Design in Spain and studied illustration in Hamburg, Germany. She works for several publishing houses and magazines and also teaches painting lessons to children. She won the Golden Apple of the Biennale of Bratislava, UNICEF Picture Book Prize and was nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize.

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