From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this charming tale, an unnamed little knight with a colander on his head dreams of being big and brave enough to conquer the dragons who inhabit his "land filled with fire and smoke and endless fighting." He asks his mother for a sword. When she wonders why he wants one, he explains with a smile, "To whoosh and swoosh in the air." Instead of handing over a deadly weapon, she gives him a sunflower, and the intrepid lad resigns himself to pretending it is a sword. He climbs Dragon Hill whooshing and swooshing his sunflower, slaying imaginary dragons along the way. Suddenly he is confronted by the real thing. The fearsome monster spies the flower in the boy's hand and takes it from him, thinking the young knight wants to be friends. Soon all of the knights in the land are inspired to lay down their weapons, bringing peace to the community. The cheerful patchwork illustrations painted in bright, springtime colors add touches of humor to the story. The mother wears a rather modern floral print dress with a fashionable scarf around her neck, suggesting that the land of dragons and knights exists only in her son's vivid imagination. Children will appreciate the idea that fighting is not the best alternative and that an enemy can become a friend.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Latimer's illustrations are absolutely beautiful in this enchanting tale." The Bookseller "Brimming with charm in bold, striking colour - marvellously sweet." -- Philip Womack The Sunday Telegraph "I loved Miriam Latimer's illustrations - the little knight is a great character, and the style suits both the quirky start and gentle finish." -- Keith Dudhnath TheBookBag.co.uk "This is a lively book to read with young children, colourful and spirited." -- Morag Charlwood Armadillo Magazine "Well received in hardback, simple beautifully drawn tale of friendship triumphing over fighting and one of my favourite picture books of the year. Dragons and knights make it a great boys' choice too." -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller
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