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Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight (Library of Nations) Paperback


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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,442 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 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
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 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
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 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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By Plumbaggo on February 23, 2013
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It's Ogden Nash. That means it's silly and fun and a bit outrageous. Almost as much fun as "Custard the Dragon," which the children also love.
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This sequel to The Tale of Custard the Dragon charms the reader with more of Nash's matchless rhyme. This is another tale of genuine courage expressed in a time of need by a habitually mild, timid "little pet dragon." In this story, Belinda is kidnapped by an evil knight, and it is up to Custard to rescue her from his evil lair.

As in the first book, Nash's ironic, tongue-in-cheek hilarity is complemented by Munsinger's whimsical artwork. If told with a serious way, the story might be frightening to sensitive children, but the peppy, poetic rhythm and lighthearted images do much to lighten the potentially sinister mood. If your kids liked the original, this is sure to be a hit.

This book is unfortunately out of print, but is widely available on the used book market. There is also another edition, Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight, illustrated by Linell Nash Smith, but it appears to be an expensive collector's item.
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