The Knight and the Dragonby Tomie dePaola
What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it’s no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor’s things to find out how to fight a knight! Spontaneity of line and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in-cheek tone to which children can relate…A top springtime choice. --Booklist There’s a swirl of good-humored life to the book. --The New York Times Book Review
Meet the Author
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association
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- Connecticut and New Hampshire
- Date of Birth:
- September 15, 1935
- Place of Birth:
- Meriden, CT
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My grandson, age 4, and I have read and re-read this book. Each time we read it, we find more things to observe and more 'events' to enjoy. We laugh together, and have even 're-enacted' several scenes during our outdoor play. This is truly a delightful book, and one which puts a new twist on the concept of 'a knight and a dragon!'
Even though this is bascially a picture book with few words, my third graders loved it! We found it by happy accident in the library one day while looking for books by author Tomie De Paola. We giggled and laughed, we enjoyed the illustrations, and, believe it or not, we read it together four times before I returned it to the library. I will definitely be adding this book to my own private library. What a treasure!
This is the cutest story ever!! The illustrations do a lot of the talking and the end result is so funny but a great solution to the problem! I have enjoyed reading a lot of the books written and illustrated by the author. it is one I will need to add to my collection for the classroom. It teaches a great lesson to the kids too.
I remember The Knight And The Dragon, from when I was very young. I thought it was wonderous, and sometimes I still read it for the illustrations. This author was always my favorite when I was little, and The Knight and The Dragon is the best of his work.