Fearless Dave

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Dave is truly fearless — whether valiantly battling the family cat (much to his mom’s chagrin), or bravely saving Princess Peach, Dave can do it all. Princess Peach has a problem: it’s small, it’s gray, it squeaks, and it eats cheese. She requires a chivalrous knight to rescue her. Dave’s mom thinks he’s perfect for the task, but only those who read this charming, whimsically illustrated book will know how the adventure ends.

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Overview

Dave is truly fearless — whether valiantly battling the family cat (much to his mom’s chagrin), or bravely saving Princess Peach, Dave can do it all. Princess Peach has a problem: it’s small, it’s gray, it squeaks, and it eats cheese. She requires a chivalrous knight to rescue her. Dave’s mom thinks he’s perfect for the task, but only those who read this charming, whimsically illustrated book will know how the adventure ends.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Dave's complex, delightful, and romantic story is told in large, graphic-novel style boxes, with tongue firmly in cheek. Through all the "heroic knight" bombast from the introduction on, Dave's sensible mother periodically gives us the story of "what really happened." Professor I. Noah Lott is guiding a tour of the castle spouting pedantic rhyme, while the real story begins as Dave sets out to help a princess in distress. The lovely princess herself, it soon is clear, was originally terrified not by a "terrible creature," but by a mouse. With his mother's sage advice and help, Dave soon "saves" the princess, who fortunately likes him. The play between the rhymed romantic nonsense of the guide's tall tale and the actual events is great fun. The comedy almost demands cartoon characters, all with round glasses, sketched in ink and enhanced with Photoshop, as Dave is a country dolt, the princess a frizzy-haired blonde. The action is kept moving by having the text of the story delivered in speech balloons, while the rhymed history is set in a more florid type than the regular text. Jolly good fun.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-A blend of picture book and graphic novel, this story appears to be set in days of old when knights were bold. However, this knight is a total wimp named Dave, the lowly son of an assistant pig-swill strainer. With his mother serving as his page, Dave sets off to save a damsel in distress. The tale within a tale begins with Professor I Noah Lott, modern-day tour guide, leading visitors through the castle where the legendary Dave supposedly slew a dragon. However, in frames that contrast with the professor's regal proclamations, the true story unfolds in far more colloquial language. Young Dave is actually terrified of the squeaking creature traumatizing the royal family. Efficiently, his mum eliminates the mouse and then fabricates the dragon story, bringing her son glory and a place in Princess Peach's heart. Dave, who anachronistically rides a bike and wears a silly bucket on his head, is an endearing simpleton. Witty dialogue and hilarious illustrations will ensure that this British import finds fans on this side of the pond.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Younger readers who prefer their tales of knightly valor straight up should eschew this droll, double-stranded import. Expressing doubts that King Alfred really burnt those cakes, or that Canute got wet feet, Wilson proceeds in paired cartoon panels to deliver a rhymed official rendition and a slangy factual account of how young Dave the peasant drove a fearsome beast out of Princess Peach's bedchamber-thus, naturally, earning her hand in marriage. Dave's quick-thinking mother expedites the process, determining that the "horrid creature" squeaks and is fond of cheese, but persuading the suspicious King Arfwitt and Queen Girdlestein that it's a dragon nonetheless, then letting nature take its course with the young folk. Wilson outfits every character with eyeglasses, "arms" Dave with a wooden sword and a bucket for a helmet ("you look a right wally," his mom observes), and encloses verses, dialogue and the frequent asides in balloons. Children trained to expect action on every page may find the episode a bit wordy and slow-going, but there's certainly food for thought here, as well as an amiable, silly story. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845074968
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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