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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Storybook Knight, written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty. Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky. Raincoast, 2016. $23.99 ages 4 and up

"I dare you to a fight!"

"I'd rather not," said Leo.
"It wouldn't be quite right.

I've got my brand new
sword with me,
so I'd be bound to win it.

But how about a story
with some pictures of you in it?''

Leo is a kind and gentle knight who would rather read than do anything else. He is not a fighter,  as you will see from the very first page. While mayhem rears its ugly head nearby, Leo is comfortable and engrossed in a book on a nearby tree limb. He pays no attention; nor does his horse. His parents would rather that he fight; for that is what knights are trained to do. They are happy that he is a reader. They would like him to expand his horizons!

They send him off to tame a dragon, with a new sword and shield. He adds books and sandwiches to his horse's load. Along their way he meets a griffin begging for a fight. Leo offers a story instead, and then leaves the book with the thankful creature who finds himself in the shared story. Leo and his trusty steed Ned amble on, meeting a troll and convincing him to listen to a new story about tasty goats. The troll is intrigued as well, and is delighted to become its owner.

Finally he meets a fearsome dragon, the one in need of taming. Leo tells him about the book with all the dragons., then states there will be no story until the dragon has cleaned up his mess! You can guess what happens!

This story in rhyme is a pleasure to read, and enjoy. The cartoon like illustrations add to the fun, being filled with bright colors and plenty of action. Kindness and sharing have a place in each of us, and what better way to share that message than in the pages of a book!

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