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Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight (Library of Nations) Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Library of Nations
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316599050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316599054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4?As she did in The Tale of Custard the Dragon (Little, 1995), Munsinger brings Nash's appealing cowardly dragon to life through her lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Belinda is kidnapped by the notorious Sir Garagoyle and it is Custard, not the child's other reluctant pets, who sets out to rescue her. " 'Well,' said Custard, 'at least I'm in the mood/To be the toughest chicken that was ever chewed.' " Munsinger's deft portrayal of the poem's action and characters is a perfect match for Nash's clever wordplay. Her paintings, whether of the arrival of the evil Sir Garagoyle ("You could tell he was wicked, for he reeked of roguery") or of Custard's rescue flight ("With headlight eyes and spikes a-bristle/He pierced the air like a locomotive whistle") perfectly convey the poem's light tone. Thanks to Munsinger for introducing a new generation to Belinda and her "realio, trulio, little pet dragon."?Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 4^-8. As in The Tale of Custard the Dragon (1995), Munsinger illustrates Nash's nonsense poem with affectionate line-and-watercolor pictures that express the farce and the coziness of the story. Belinda's pet dragon is always getting flustered, so the other pets call him Cowardly Custard. Then, when Belinda gets captured by Sir Garagoyle, the shy dragon breaks down her prison gates with his "blowtorch breath," flattens the wicked knight, and flies Belinda home. Kids will love the first reversal--a knight can't always beat a dragon--but there's a further funny surprise: when Custard gets back home, he's scared by a rabbit in the kitchen. This time, he responds to the jeers with a nonchalant shrug: "I've learned what a nuisance bravery can be, / So a coward's life is the life for me." The rhymes are fun, and the pictures, with lots of purple and green, get the mock-heroic gestures and the cuddles of Belinda and her funny pet. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan C. Frank on February 17, 2003
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This is the 1961 sequel to "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" which was written in 1936. Both books are beautifully and imaginatively illustrated by Lynn Munsinger in their 1995 & 1996 publications. As with other works by Nash, the verse and illustrations vie for significance and importance. His couplets are cute with his tongue in cheek. The words and images carry a slightly archaic, old fashioned overtone that is pleasing.
This is not the greatest children's book ever published. However, the nuanced language is intriguing. It has a meaningful moral - that true bravery is not always recognized or rewarded but is a wonderful thing nonetheless. As a result, the "Custard" books have a rather timeless appeal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
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For fans of "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" this book is a must. It has the same wit and love of language as the original. My son loves this one even more than the original as it has both knights and dragons. Its a pleasure to read and the illustrations are delightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Knutson on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
A fanciful turn about a damsel in distress named Belinda, being rescued from Sir Garagooyle, the wicked, wicked knight by her faithful friendly dragon, Custard. The rhymes are fun, how often do you find edelweiss used in rhymes! The pictures are just right, my 4 year old loves Custard. We received this book as a gift and were delighted in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Hall on December 10, 2003
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Another great book about Custard the Dragon! Have just as much fun with this book - My son loved this one!
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By Tiffany Levine on September 11, 2007
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My 4yo son enjoyed this story and the role reversal between the usually fierce dragon and the good-hearted night is a refreshing twist, although my son doesn't really get the irony of the other animals teasing poor Custard because he is cowardly and then making excuses themselves for not going to save the little girl. . . . he just sees it as the animals being mean with no consequence. A little hard to explain, but an entertaining story overall.
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I originally purchased this book for my nephew when he was 4 years old (10 years ago). It has become a family favorite so I went hunting for a copy for own 4 year old. It has a wonderful theme (being brave does not mean being unafraid) and the amount of gore is perfect for a 4 year old boy. That said, I would recommend waiting until your child is old enough to handle a wee bit of gore and some very big words. We spent the first several readings having to stop frequently to define words.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

The story: Custard is a very timid dragon who lives with a young girl, her dog, her cat, and her mouse. He is not fierce and is afraid of everything and his mates are always teasing him for it. Then one day, a wicked knight kidnaps the young girl and carries her away. When asked to help rescue her, the dog, cat and mouse all have lame excuses to offer and it is left up to Custard to save her. Custard saves the girl and kills the wicked knight (flattens him).
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By Rosa Tenberge on May 11, 2013
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My 5 year old loves this book. She loves dragons and princesses of course. I am glad I purchased this book for her.
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