The Knight and the Dragon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The young, inexperienced knight and the bumbling, insecure dragon decide to meet on the battle field. The outcome is not a pretty sight, so the intelligent castle librarian comes to the rescue and shows them how they can use their special talents together for good. The comic book style layout is perfect for this almost wordless picture book. DePaola's illustrations are full of action and slapstick humor to match the story. 1998 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808528418
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 26, 2007

      A Never-Ending Read!

      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!'

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 13, 2010

      Funny and Endearing!

      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!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 8, 2005

      Such a cute and funny story!

      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.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 1999

      A book I remember.

      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.

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