Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight

Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight

by Ogden Nash, Lynn M. Munsinger
     
 

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Ogden Nash rhymes a sequel to his popular children's adventure The Tale of Custard the Dragon. This time a wicked, wicked knight steals Belinda away, and once again it's up to Custard to rescue her. Lynn Munsinger is back as well with more witty illustrations that readers will recognize from the original.

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Ogden Nash rhymes a sequel to his popular children's adventure The Tale of Custard the Dragon. This time a wicked, wicked knight steals Belinda away, and once again it's up to Custard to rescue her. Lynn Munsinger is back as well with more witty illustrations that readers will recognize from the original.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Wonderful, wonderful Ogden Nash! When Belinda is carried off by a wicked knight, her friends, Blink the mouse, Ink the Cat, and Mustard the dog, all run away in terror. Custard the cowardly Dragon is left alone and realizes "There's no one to rescue her but chickenhearted me." And he decides he's "in the mood to be the toughest chicken that was ever chewed." When he finally finds Sir Garagoyle and Belinda in the wicked knight's ice castle, he melts the ice with his fiery breath and rescues Belinda. Once they're home again, Blink, Ink, and Mustard tease Custard because he is still afraid of rabbits. But Belinda tells him not to fret because "a cowardly dragon makes the nicest pet." Nash's brilliant humor shines throughout the text and Lynn Munsinger's characters are, as always, absolutely delightful and full of fun.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-As she did in The Tale of Custard the Dragon (Little, 1995), Munsinger brings Nash's appealing cowardly dragon to life through her lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Belinda is kidnapped by the notorious Sir Garagoyle and it is Custard, not the child's other reluctant pets, who sets out to rescue her. " `Well,' said Custard, `at least I'm in the mood/To be the toughest chicken that was ever chewed.' " Munsinger's deft portrayal of the poem's action and characters is a perfect match for Nash's clever wordplay. Her paintings, whether of the arrival of the evil Sir Garagoyle ("You could tell he was wicked, for he reeked of roguery") or of Custard's rescue flight ("With headlight eyes and spikes a-bristle/He pierced the air like a locomotive whistle") perfectly convey the poem's light tone. Thanks to Munsinger for introducing a new generation to Belinda and her "realio, trulio, little pet dragon."-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613213936
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.11(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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