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From Publishers Weekly

In this magical bedtime tale set in a dense forest in a faraway kingdom, three wide-eyed little dragons are lonely--but not for long. Thomas (Somewhere Today) introduces a Good Knight who nightly keeps watch from a "crumbly tumbly tower" atop a "very tall wall." One night when he hears a loud roar, he hops on his horse and gallops ("Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop") to the roar's source at the mouth of a cave. There a little dragon clad in tartan pajamas asks for a drink of water. The chivalrous hero grants this request and on subsequent return trips (with a charming refrain) reads a story to a second dragon and sings a song to a third. Not surprisingly, the knight finds this routine a bit trying and his asides ("I don't believe this"; "This is too much") will sound familiar to youngsters and especially their parents. Many will be able to guess the wee dragons' final demand. In one of Plecas's (Rattlebone Rock) many droll images, the three dragons with their eyes shut and lips puckered lift "their scaly little cheeks" for a goodnight kiss. Copious artwork, controlled vocabulary, effective repetition, brief sentences and a chapter-book trim size make this a comfortable fit for children just beginning to read solo. A fine way to bid good night. Ages 4-7. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Whether used as a beginning reader or as a read-aloud at bedtime, this sweet story will charm readers and listeners alike. When the Good Knight hears a "very large, very loud roar," he sets off on his faithful steed to determine its origin. Thus begins the first of four visits to a homey cave where three lonely, young dragons are delaying their bedtime. The creatures appear more precocious than ferocious with their teddy bears, bunny slippers, and patterned "jammies." Young children will immediately recognize the tactics the wide-eyed, pudgy serpents use as each request for a drink of water, a story, or a song prompts another visit from the Good Knight. On his fourth call, the youngsters explain that they can't fall asleep without a good-night kiss. The intrepid hero kisses "each scaly little cheek" and patiently waits for them to fall asleep. Only when he hears them snoring does he head back to the castle for his own peaceful night's rest. The short, simple, repetitive phrases are sure to capture the imaginations of young children. The knight stands guard at a "crumbly tumbly tower" and gallops through the forest, "Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop." Observant viewers will enjoy the expressions of the horse as he awaits his master upon each visit to the cave. With a palette dominated by the blues, grays, and purples of the nighttime setting, Plecas's illustrations are a wonderful complement to this endearing tale.
Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers, L2
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Reissue edition (October 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142302015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142302019
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good quick adult read bedtime story.
hailbuzzy
Funny book, that entertains both my 3 1/2 year old son as well as myself!
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I can't wait til he's the one that begins to read it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Jo Skill on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Delightful beginning reader that is also a delight as a bedtime, good night book. It centers around the efforts of a knight to help three little dragons get to sleep with the usual glasses of water, bedtime stories and a lullaby. Repetition in words, actions and illustrations both facilitate its function as an early reader and as a sleep inducer. Vocabulary like, crumbly tumbly tower, clippety-clop make it fun and the juxtaposition of the very loud roars the knight hears and the little dragons with their jammies on and their inocent requests are delicious. The story may remind readers of "The Wolf's Chicken Stew."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ah, sweet metaphor. Do children get metaphors? Studies show.... actually I haven't a clue what studies show. I haven't a clue if kids, little kids who are just beginning to read on their own, understand metaphors. Some do, I suspect. Others, not so much. Now, the book "Good Night, Good Knight", is a pretty obvious metaphor. And little children reading it will probably understand what the dragons in it represent and what the knight himself represents. Even if they don't, it's a smashing good tale. Sweet without descending into saccharine. Cute without being cutesy. It has just the right amounts of adorableness and neediness within its pages. Parents will be able to read it again and again without gagging. Kids will be able to read it with pure unadulterated pleasure.

Once there were three little dragons who didn't live all that far away from a good knight. One night the knight hears a roar. He hops on his horse to investigate and meets a small dragon in a cave. The dragon is not particularly surprised to see the knight (words along the lines of "Oh good. You have come" are bandied about) and asks for a drink of water before it goes to bed. The knight is wary but acquiesces and the little dragon is tucked into bed. No sooner than the knight goes home does he hear another roar. This comes from a second dragon who wants a story plus the first dragon who wants another drink of water. By the time the knight is called to take care of a third little dragon the reader sees where all this is going. The story is an excellent tale of an increasingly weary knight as he attempts to cajole and tuck in three mildly demanding little dragons for beddy-bye. At the end, the dragons are asleep (finally!) and the knight finally gets to fall into his own bed for the night.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
We've been reading this book just about every night for 6 months now. My kids(aged 3 and 5)are busily galloping around on their stick horses while shouting "away!"; climbing crumbly-tumbly towers, and hiding in deep, dark caves. Get ready--for three months I had to build deep dark caves for my little dragons to sleep in.
And there's a sequel--"Get Well, Good Knight"! My kids love that one, too!
I like the books, as well. Any parent can sympathize with the Good Knight's situation. All in all, this is a good read for the pre-k/k set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By love to read on September 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out at the library for my pre-school daughter. We both absolutely loved it. Loved it so much, that I placed an order with Amazon to purchase our own copy at home. The author does a wonderful job of repeating phrases and words such as "clippety-clop" and the "crumbly tumbly tower". The 3 dragons in the story are the cutest little things, all wanting something before they can go to bed....one more drink of water, one more story read, etc. Sound familiar?
Amazon lists this book as Ages 9-12, which has to be inaccurate. This is an Easy Reader type book designed for Preschool to second grade in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Cutler on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my two-year-old in a doctor's office and ended up retelling the whole story to my husband that evening. We had to buy it we liked it so much, and we've read it over and over. It has great repetition and sound effects (my son loves to roar every time we get to that part). I also love the way it teaches children to be kind to others, even something that might seem scary like a dragon. It gave my parent ego a little boost too, since I'm often that "good knight" who's willing to get one last drink of water, read one last story, or give one last good night kiss. Definitely a must-read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A sweet bedtime story with charming illustrations. The story has a lot of repetition and good opportunities to add fun sound effects making it lots of fun to read (over and over again!).
My two year old loves to listen to the story (even though it is more words than his typical picture books). I suspect this book is appealing to 2+ through 6 year olds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barb M on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best kids books I've ever read! My twins are at the age that they have a decent attention span, which is needed for this sort of-lengthy book. We act it out together: we pat our legs for "clippity clops", we shout "Away, he cried", and they see who can roar the loudest. I've gotten a list of great books to give as a baby gift. This one and "Harry the Dirty Dog" top the list. I just love the dragons, and I am so glad that my girls choose it to read a lot. FYI: Get Well, Good Knight is not as good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen B on September 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 knight hears a roar, and "left the crumbly, tumbly tower. He climbed down the very tall wall. He jumped on his horse. "Away!" he said He galloped through the king's forest. Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop.". He finds each dragon, one trip at a time, then at the end all three, requesting the typical things a kid asks for when avoiding sleep-a glass of water, a story, etc. Then he goes back to his castle, "through the king's forest. Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop. He got off his horse. Thud. He climbed up the very tall wall to the crumbly tumbly tower.", where he watches and over and over hears a roar, that he follows back to the dragon cave. Each time the description is the same and my child loves that! "Clippety-clop. Clippety-clop." is fun to say and all of the rest of what I wrote above, is fun to anticipate. With each roar heard by the knight, she gave me a knowing look and said, "uh oh!", and we laughed and said the words in unison, once she had them memorized.
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.
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