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Good Night, Good Knight

Good Night, Good Knight

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by Shelley Moore Thomas, Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator), Lucia Monfried (Editor)

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The Good Knight is on his watch when he hears a sound. Roar! Is it a dragon? A great big dragon? He searches the woods and finds a surprise. Three very little dragons are almost ready for bed. But who will read to them, tuck them in, and kiss them good night? Is this a job for the Good Knight? Young readers, like the young dragons, will quickly fall under the


The Good Knight is on his watch when he hears a sound. Roar! Is it a dragon? A great big dragon? He searches the woods and finds a surprise. Three very little dragons are almost ready for bed. But who will read to them, tuck them in, and kiss them good night? Is this a job for the Good Knight? Young readers, like the young dragons, will quickly fall under the Good Knight's spell.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this magical bedtime tale set in a dense forest in a faraway kingdom, three wide-eyed little dragons are lonely--but not for long. Thomas (Somewhere Today) introduces a Good Knight who nightly keeps watch from a "crumbly tumbly tower" atop a "very tall wall." One night when he hears a loud roar, he hops on his horse and gallops ("Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop") to the roar's source at the mouth of a cave. There a little dragon clad in tartan pajamas asks for a drink of water. The chivalrous hero grants this request and on subsequent return trips (with a charming refrain) reads a story to a second dragon and sings a song to a third. Not surprisingly, the knight finds this routine a bit trying and his asides ("I don't believe this"; "This is too much") will sound familiar to youngsters and especially their parents. Many will be able to guess the wee dragons' final demand. In one of Plecas's (Rattlebone Rock) many droll images, the three dragons with their eyes shut and lips puckered lift "their scaly little cheeks" for a goodnight kiss. Copious artwork, controlled vocabulary, effective repetition, brief sentences and a chapter-book trim size make this a comfortable fit for children just beginning to read solo. A fine way to bid good night. Ages 4-7. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
What a delight to discover an easy reader that is truly charming with appeal for parents and little ones. Three little dragons live in a cave. They can't sleep. Their ROAR is heard by a knight on watch. He gallops to the cave only to find that each one, in turn, is thirsty, hungering for a story, a song, or a kiss. By the time he services them all, he rides away on his horse, exhausted. "Sleep well, sleep tight, Good Knight." Emerging readers will feel proud reading this one alone. 2000, Dutton, Ages 3 to 7, $13.99. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Whether used as a beginning reader or as a read-aloud at bedtime, this sweet story will charm readers and listeners alike. When the Good Knight hears a "very large, very loud roar," he sets off on his faithful steed to determine its origin. Thus begins the first of four visits to a homey cave where three lonely, young dragons are delaying their bedtime. The creatures appear more precocious than ferocious with their teddy bears, bunny slippers, and patterned "jammies." Young children will immediately recognize the tactics the wide-eyed, pudgy serpents use as each request for a drink of water, a story, or a song prompts another visit from the Good Knight. On his fourth call, the youngsters explain that they can't fall asleep without a good-night kiss. The intrepid hero kisses "each scaly little cheek" and patiently waits for them to fall asleep. Only when he hears them snoring does he head back to the castle for his own peaceful night's rest. The short, simple, repetitive phrases are sure to capture the imaginations of young children. The knight stands guard at a "crumbly tumbly tower" and gallops through the forest, "Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop." Observant viewers will enjoy the expressions of the horse as he awaits his master upon each visit to the cave. With a palette dominated by the blues, grays, and purples of the nighttime setting, Plecas's illustrations are a wonderful complement to this endearing tale.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.38(d)
50L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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Jennifer Plecas lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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Good Night, Good Knight (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 children and I love this book! I call each of them by name as each dragon in introduced, and make a big deal about all the sound effects. I'm planning to even use it in my music classes at school! This has become one of our favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is a first grader and this book was just right for him, challenging without being too hard and easy enough for independent reading without being too easy. He loves dragons and knights, so it was a huge hit here!
juce_lip More than 1 year ago
Good Night, Good Knight is a charming bedtime story. The Knight, like so many tireless caregivers, is patient and perseveres. The Dragons easily remind us of children we know - avoiding bedtime, and making myriad requests...for stories and water and kisses. This sweet story is a favorite in my household.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great storybook for kids and their grownups to share at bedtime! My kids (ages 4 and 7) enjoy the pictures and the story as I read it to them (over and over again, I may add). As for me, I enjoy those things, too, as well as all the 'little things' that might escape a younger child: in particular, the all-too-familiar scenario of the knight being repeatedly summoned from his guard post at the castle to a cave in the woods by three baby dragons who need his help getting settled into their beds; the amusing expressions on the knight's face as he is constantly called back to dragons' cave for story-reading, water-fetching and good-night-kisses; and the knight's verbal expressions regarding the same ('You've got to be KIDDING me,' he remarks at one point). It's cute, funny and the perfect bedtime book, since all three dragons -- not to mention the knight -- wind up sound asleep by the end of the book. We all love this book so much that although I originally purchased the paperback edition, I eventually ordered the hardcover book with the hope it will last longer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a FABULOUS book. I love it! My kids love it! It is the most requested book for our evening read-aloud sessions. The grown-ups identify with the good knight. The kids identify with both the good knight and the dragons. And everyone loves the ending. The written-in sound effects are fun and the repetition allows for listener participation. I wish I could give it 6 stars at least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whimsical story about a good Knight who helps 3 sweet dragons should be the next classic 'must read'! It is FUN to read and my 3 1/2 year old loves to get involved in the story by 'roaring' and 'clippety clopping' along. We LOVE it! Do yourself and your kids a favor and get this book!
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