There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight

There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight

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We all know that "there was an old lady" who swallowed lots of things. Now meet the old dragon who swallows pretty much an entire kingdom! Will he ever learn a little moderation?! This rollicking rhyme is full to bursting with sight gags, silly characters, and plenty of burps! Parents and kids alike will delight in Ben Mantle's precisely funny illustrations and in Penny Parker Klostermann's wacky rhymes.

In days of yore, before a certain fly's ultimately fatal encounter with an Old Lady, there was an old dragon who felt rather peckish. "There was an old dragon who swallowed a knight. / I don't know why he swallowed the knight // It's not polite!" He follows the knight with the knight's steed ("that galloped around at a terrible speed"). Then a squire, a cook, a lady, a castle, and finally a moat are each swallowed in turn. But..."With all of that water, he started to bloat. / And that's when the dragon roared, and I quote: / 'Okay, enough! I've had enough-- / More than enough of this swallowing stuff!' " So realizing that eating all those things might have been "a tad impolite," the old dragon burps them all out in reverse except the knight (which is "ahhh...just right"). Klostermann's debut is a rollicking and warped Medieval take on the well-worn cumulative rhyme. Prolific British animator and illustrator Mantle's expressive and bright cartoon illustrations of the red, horned dragon (and the contents of his stomach) are a perfect match. The antics within the dragon's stomach--every image of the steed is accompanied by a little "clippity, clippity, clippity, clop" in teeny type--and his copious burping will leave 'em laughing. No matter how many swallowed-fly titles you own, this one belongs on your shelf too. KIrkus, May 1,2015
Publisher: New York : 2015. Random House,
ISBN: 9780385390804
Branch Call Number: E KLOS
Additional Contributors: Mantle, Ben


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Aug 08, 2017

My little 3 yr old loves these books, definitely worth reading

Mariangela_S Aug 16, 2016

A traditional story with a unique twist. Older audience might appreciate the rhyme and enjoy the story. (Division one.)

Jan 03, 2016

SUMMARY: This is a medieval take on the traditional There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. In this version, the dragon begins by swallowing a knight. We don't know why he swallowed the knight--it's not polite! The dragon then goes on to swallow a succession of items until he is so bloated, he must burp it all out again--except the knight who is just right for a dragon meal.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The pictures are fun and full of detail and color. Kids will get a kick out of the dragon spewing everything back up at the end.

REVIEW: This was a fun take on the old version--complete with a knight, a squire, a trusty steed and a damsel in distress. Kids will like the humor throughout the story. The rhyming is great too. It gets a little shaky right at the end, but I loved the creativity. I especially loved the steed who drove the dragon crazy with his clippity clippity clippity clop!

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 3-7, but I think it is better for ages 4-8.

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