Nick and the Nasty Knight

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Everyone’s afraid of the Nasty Knight. Everyone? Not quite. Nick has had enough of slaving away for the rich knight and one day he runs away. But what bad luck! Deep in the woods, he is captured by a gang of thieves. And they are naturally delighted with their catch. After all, robbers love a good kidnapping, but even more so, they love gold. Luckily, Nick knows just where the Nasty Knight keeps his treasure.
 

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Overview

Everyone’s afraid of the Nasty Knight. Everyone? Not quite. Nick has had enough of slaving away for the rich knight and one day he runs away. But what bad luck! Deep in the woods, he is captured by a gang of thieves. And they are naturally delighted with their catch. After all, robbers love a good kidnapping, but even more so, they love gold. Luckily, Nick knows just where the Nasty Knight keeps his treasure.
 

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Editorial Reviews

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"Krause's pacing is brisk and her tone sure." Publishers Weekly on Ute Krause's last book with NorthSouth, Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon

"On one level, the story is simple fun, as are the illustrations, but scratch it just a little and it has much to say about the universality of greed and how wealth finds meaning when it is put to use for the common good."- Kirkus Reviews on Nick and the Nasty Knight

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Nick is a poor servant in the castle of mean Sir Nestor the Nasty. He is there, even though he is young, because his mother owes the greedy man money. Exhausted and desperate, he plans an escape and ends up in Sir Nestor's treasure room. It's there that he finds a mysterious, magical coin that will serve him well during his adventure. He does escape, only to encounter a gang of robbers and crocodiles before the villains get their just deserts. The illustrations are done in a cartoon style and add silliness and character to this medieval adventure. The crocodiles are hilarious, and prove to be the real center of the story. This would be a useful addition if your library has requests for knights to go along with all those princesses.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Young Nick outfoxes a greedy knight as well as a company of thieves to rescue his oppressed medieval village. The setting here is an age-worn town, sometime in the Middle Ages, with a Central European feel, venerable but struggling under the boot of a bloated, cruel tyrant. Nick has been forced into servitude at Sir Nestor the Nasty's castle because his mother is in debt to the knight. Nestor has more than he will ever have need, but that's the point: Greed breeds greed. All day long, it's chop wood, fetch water, do the dishes, and then do it again. Nick connives to make his escape and stumbles into the knight's treasury in the process. He grabs one glowing coin and swings to freedom, only to land in the hands of a band of robbers who are only too happy to have someone to chop their wood, fetch water, and do the dishes. But Nick plays on their greed and soon enough has them swimming in the moat with Nestor's alligators, right along with Nestor, as he puts the golden coin to good work. On one level, the story is simple fun, as are the illustrations, but scratch it just a little and it has much to say about the universality of greed and how wealth finds meaning when it is put to use for the common good. A nicely etched story of doing the right thing in a trying world. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735840911
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ute Krause was born in Berlin but grew up in many countries, including Turkey,Nigeria, India, and the United States as well as Germany. She studied film and television drama, and now makes short films, documentaries, and commercials. She also draws cartoons and writes film scripts. She is the author of more than sixty children’s books published in Germany and throughout the world.
 

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