Written by Penny Parker Klostermann and illustrated by Ben Mantle, There was an Old Dragon who Swallowed a Knight (2015, Random House) is a poetic and energetic book about a dragon who swallows a knight and then proceeds to swallow everything within the kingdom, including the castle!
Klostermann’s debut novel, this children’s picture book is great for younger children. Its colorful illustrations and repetitive and rhyming lines will encourage kids to real (or yell!) along. Whereas this book not push any traditional boundaries (As I was reading, I felt as though I had read many children’s books that were similar), it will entertain young readers with its ridiculous humor. Lines such as “The dragon burped out one last billow of gas” are sure to be some of our little readers’ favorite ones. Although the plot did not feel original, I did like the fact that this is a book-in-verse.
Overall, I give this one and would love to hear what you think in the comments below!