Take Care, Good Knight

Take Care, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Paul Meisel
     
 

At last, here is a picture book about the Good Knight and his three little dragon friends, the stars of Dutton's best-loved Easy Readers. The old wizard has asked the dragons to take care of his cats for a few days. There's just one problem: they can't read the wizard's instructions! The dragons make their best guesses. They take the cats swimming and camping,

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At last, here is a picture book about the Good Knight and his three little dragon friends, the stars of Dutton's best-loved Easy Readers. The old wizard has asked the dragons to take care of his cats for a few days. There's just one problem: they can't read the wizard's instructions! The dragons make their best guesses. They take the cats swimming and camping, with hilarious results. Of course, it's up to the Good Knight to come to the rescue in his funniest outing yet.

Good Night, Good Knight was an ALA Notable Book and a Booklist Top 10 Easy Reader, among other honors.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Three happy little dragons are asked by their friend, an old, old wizard, to take care of his cats while he goes away for a few days. Since their good friend, the Good Knight, has told them that it is good to do good deeds, they are glad to do so. The wizard gives them his key and leaves them instructions. Unfortunately, they cannot read. Going only by the pictures, they take the cats for a swim instead of giving them fresh water. Of course, the cats are not happy. Then they put the cats in the cupboard instead of giving them the food in there. The thirsty, hungry, angry cats are then taken camping instead of being put to bed. Finally, the Good Knight, who has been puzzled by the supposed "instructions," sets everything right, then gives them a book about learning to read. The text offers an amusing lesson with puns included. The double-page watercolors are filled with cartoon-y dragons, cats, forests, lakes, and fairy-tale characters. The cats' antics resulting from the dragons' misunderstandings are particularly laughter-provoking.
Kirkus Reviews
Thomas takes the characters from her winning easy-to-read series and enlists the help of artist Meisel to turn them into picture-book successes, with pleasing results. The Good Knight is again keeping an eye skinned on his charges, three little green dragons. The dragons have agreed to care for the old wizard's cats while he's away. The glitch: They can't read, so the note left by the wizard with instructions on the cats' care has to be crudely interpreted for visual clues. The dragons make a hash of it. The note has three rebuses-for water, food and sleeping arrangements-and the dragons get them exquisitely wrong: taking the cats for a swim at the lake (give plenty of water), packing them into the cupboard (feed food from the cupboard) and taking them camping (put them to bed). Fortunately, the Good Knight is there to save the day. Merry, repetitious wordplay and the illustrations-their scribbly lines fitting the harried, bedraggled cats to a T-will keep listeners pegged to the page. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525476955
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/21/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
292,087
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Meisel always loved to draw, but he also liked shooting hoops with his friends and trying to pitch a no-hitter in little league. He has illustrated more than 70 books, some of which he's also written. Paul won a 2012 ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for his picture book See Me Run.

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