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Horace the Horrible: A Knight Meets His Match Library Binding – January 1, 2003


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PreSchool-Grade 3-Princess Minuette is sent to stay with her uncle, Horace the Horrible, until her father recovers from the flu. When she wails for her daddy, Horace tries to comfort her by slaying a dragon, vanquishing an army, and saving a damsel in distress. However, none of his heroic deeds turns out quite as planned, and, in spite of all his attempts to make her feel better, Minuette still misses her father. What's a brave knight to do? The child provides the answer: she needs a hug. But can Horace the Horrible doff his armor and risk his reputation for one small girl? His answer surprises both of them. This is a rollicking, humorous tale, complemented by watercolor-and-pencil illustrations that are sure to set children giggling, particularly the picture of Horace in his long johns. Minuette's expressions are priceless, and her unruly hair and determination are reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking. The many full-page spreads paired with the sidesplitting text make this a fun read for storytime sharing. Audiences will be delighted as the gruff, intimidating knight is foiled and eventually defeated by a diminutive red-headed princess who knows her own mind.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Koller is a Marshall Cavendish author.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761451501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761451501
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 23, 2003
Format: Library Binding
Horace The Horrible: A Knight Meets His Match is an upbeat story and original story by Jackie French Koller of a sick king who must send away his daughter the princess to the care of her uncle Horace. Horace knows how to slay dragons, crush armies, and rescue damsels in distress, but how is he to look after a little girl who misses her daddy? A powerful allegory, brought to life with eye-catching color illustrations by Jackie Urbanovic, and written with an overlay of whimsy yet at its core dealing with a serious issue, Horace The Horrible is a welcome and recommended addition to family, school, and community library picture book collections for young readers ages 4 to 7.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrie Buhler on September 17, 2008
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We checked this book out of the library and fell in love with it immediately. No matter how many times I read it to grandchildren (they always choose this one!), I never get tired of it. It's WONDERFUL. It is very funny and sweet. Horace is a knight who isn't terribly fond of his brother the king and he is forced to tend his niece, who he doesn't know, when the king gets the flu. His adventures with Minuette are very funny and he learns an important lesson in life. The illustrations are PERFECT. Minuette is a great character. You will love this book!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brigette Russell on August 11, 2008
Format: Library Binding
Little Minuette goes to visit her uncle Horace and teaches him to give up slaying dragons, fighting battles, and all his other nasty, violent and masculine hobbies. In the end, Horace takes off his armor, hugs his niece, and becomes as gentle and non-violent as Ferdinand the bull. Too bad any real medieval knight who gave up his arms and armor would be a dead man almost at once, his lands overrun by other, tougher knights who would slaughter, rape and pillage his peasantry to their hearts' content. Don't get me wrong. I realize this is a children's book, and kids don't need to hear about all the bloody realities of the Middle Ages when they're in kindergarten. Still, neither do they need to be given a misleading and utterly saccharine view of history in order to be entertained.
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