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Happy Birthday, Good Knight (Dutton Easy Reader) Hardcover – February 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Dutton Easy Reader
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–In this addition to the series, the knights dragons try to make a birthday present for a friend and enlist the young knights help. However, attempts to make a cake and a card and put on a magic show result in complete messes. At midnight, the dragons cry drippy droppy dragon tears and explain that the gifts were meant for him. The Good Knight reassures them and a merry birthday celebration ensues. Plecass charming ink-and-watercolor illustrations enhance the setting and mood of this sweet, well-told story. The use of repetition and word patterns makes this a fine purchase for beginning readers.–Bobbee Pennington, Bryan Public Library, TX
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K-Gr. 2. Like Good Night, Good Knight (2000), this third easy-to-read chapter book about three little dragons and their friend the Good Knight replaces the usual swashbuckling knight-in-armor action with cozy domestic farce. The dragons need a birthday gift for someone very special. Unfortunately, they don't have any money, so the Good Knight shows them how to make gifts that come "from our hearts and our hands." First they make a cake, but they wind up with one big mess. Good intentions also go awry when they try to make a birthday card and put on a magic show. The warm friendship story is beautifully captured in Plecas' ink-and-watercolor pictures, which show the dragons' cozy cave and the kitchen, study, and sitting room of the Knight's "crumbly tumbly" tower. The surprise at the end is as satisfying as the messy slapstick. A great addition to the Dutton Easy Reader series, this book will also work well for reading aloud. Hazel Rochman
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My mother and I discovered our first Good Knight book, Take Care Good Knight, at a garage sale.
nikkisolo
Like the other books in this series I found "Happy Birthday Good Knight" to be a fun and cute story to read with my children.
J. Haroldsen
I'm glad my library has them, but we are buying them too, so we can read them whenever we want!
Jen B

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen B on September 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My four year old girl has been enamored with dragons for a couple of years, and has lately gotten very interested in knights, castles, etc. I quickly found that there is very little out there that is appropriate for smaller children, on the subject of knights. Either the information is too complex, or more likely, too gruesome for my taste. When I discovered this sweet series, I immediately wanted all of them.
I really like the way the verses flow and how the author repeats the action over and over.
The editorial reviews did a great job of describing the book, so I won't go into detail here, but I will say that I think any child can relate to wanting to buy someone special a gift, or make one, and how difficult that can be. This book shows how meaningful that desire is and when the knight embraces the experience and says that the laughter provided by their efforts was a wonderful gift, my little one beamed.
These are just fun books. I'm glad my library has them, but we are buying them too, so we can read them whenever we want! It is a refreshing angle to the knight and dragon relationship. Nearly everything else I found was adversarial, and since we love dragons, I was sorry about that.
If you have a child who loves knights and dragons, also check out Tomie Paola's The Knight and the Dragon, about a knight reading up on how to fight dragons and a dragon reading up on how to fight knights. The "fight" is hilarious and the end has a clever twist that delighted my child and me too!
The Reluctant dragon, by Kenneth Grahame, is either for an older child who can read, or a great read aloud that my four year old enjoyed, and there is a neat old Disney movie based on this book. We loved this too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fluvanna Josephson on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We've been enjoying this series starting with Good Night, Good Knight and this is another good one but not our favorite (the other 3 are a little better: Good Night, GK, Get Well, GK, and Take Care, GK). The Little Dragons try to make a special birthday for the Knight but with predictably messy results. She found the story silly and fun. We would recommend all of the Good Knight books
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My mother and I discovered our first Good Knight book, Take Care Good Knight, at a garage sale. We must have looked hilarious, two adult women giggling as they read a children's book about 3 little dragons, who couldn't read, trying to take care of the wizard's cats. At the time my mom didn't have any grandchildren but decided to buy the book anyways. Fast forward 3 years and I now have a little one and my mom has her first grandchild. My mom discovered a second Good Knight book, Get Well Good Knight, and it was one of the first books on my son's shelf (she couldn't part with the first book and kept it to read when he comes to visit). Once I realized that there might be more Good Knight books I started searching Amazon, bought all of them, and they now happily reside on my son's bookshelf.

If you or your little one loves dragons and knights, then these are the books for you. The illustrations are adorable and the Good Knight is very patient and gentle with his little dragon friends. The books are fun to read out loud and I hope one day my son will enjoy reading them himself.
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By Kevin on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My sons and I love the Good Knight series of books. This one however was not all that great. I think the publishers are just trying to make money and published this without thinking. I would strongly encourage buying the others of this series and skipping this one.
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Children love the humor and the repetition in this book, another very successful Good Knight early reader. The story follows a predictable pattern that fans of this series enjoy, especially because the three little dragons make three big messes, then clean them up with the sounds of "brush-a, brush-a" and "swish, swish, swish." This particular story feels a bit too long by the time of the third mess, but other than that it's a welcome addition to the series.
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