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Get Well, Good Knight (Dutton Easy Reader) Hardcover – October 14, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 120L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dutton Easy Reader
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (October 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525469141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525469148
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,143,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-As in Good Night, Good Knight (Dutton, 2000), Thomas and Plecas bring engaging twists to familiar story elements for beginning readers. Here the knight finds his three little dragon friends suffering with terrible colds and the noble fellow sets off to seek a healing potion. The wizard's "scaly, snail-y soup" is too dreadful to eat and his slimy, grimy brew equally distasteful, so the knight asks his mother for help. With a "little of this and a little of that," she prepares a delicious cure. Plecas's cartoon illustrations have requisite picture clues, cheerful colors, and lots of details. Ingredients for the wizard's concoctions are printed in bold type over the steam coming from his pot. Dragons whose expressions are oh-so-miserably sick miraculously beam with health and vitality on the last page. This is a royal treat to soothe any beginning reader's blues and will inspire repeated readings.
Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

K-Gr. 2. In this Dutton Easy Reader, a sequel to Good Night, Good Knight (2000), the Good Knight gallops through the forest to find out who is sneezing. He soon finds a cave where three feverish little dragons lie coughing and sniffling. Answering the knight's plea for help, a wizard concocts first a "scaly snail-y soup," then a "slimy grimy soup," but neither is palatable enough to swallow. When the Good Knight's mother makes chicken soup, though, the little dragons slurp the cure down. A plot summary does little justice to a book that goes beyond good narrative structure and simple words to create a tale that is always winning and frequently funny. The subject and the appealing ink-and-watercolor illustrations will attract young readers, but a great deal of the book's charm lies in the telling. Excellent for young readers and for reading aloud to younger children who are intrigued by knights and dragons. Carolyn Phelan
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The illustrations are cute, but the story keeps them interested.
M. Glynn
Once again, the Good Knight helps those cute little dragons - this time with their colds.
J. L. Pielak
My 4 1/2 year old son loves the "Good Knight" series of stories.
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6 of 6 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.
I was amused and pleased that the knight finally turns to his own mother, when the magician was unable to create a concoction to help heal the dragons, and used my favorite remedy-chicken soup! The efforts of the magician provided us much laughter as he mixed, "fish scales, old snails, fingernails, and lizard tails", or "frog slime, old grime, a rusty dime, a rotten lime".
As all of the books, this one has a rhythm that is smooth and pleasant to read and hear. So many rhyming books sound forced and awkward, but none of these Good Knight books fall into this category. I'd give these a two thumbs up!
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Pielak on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you and your children loved Good Night, Good Knight, you'll love this book. Once again, the Good Knight helps those cute little dragons - this time with their colds. You'll love the remedy that finally works (Mom's chicken soup) and the cute ending. My kids are 5 and 8, and they both enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Glynn on March 29, 2012
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My sons and daughter, ages 3 to 7, love this book. My kindergartener quotes from it at school to make his friends laugh. I used it years ago when I did childrens' programming at our library. The illustrations are cute, but the story keeps them interested. I would recommend starting with "Good Night, Good Knight" to introduce the characters and style, It's a sweet bedtime story, but not overly sappy; with repetition that you can use to involve the kids and keep them guessing at what will happen next. But then, definitely don't miss out on "Get Well, Good Knight" It's got a more interesting and fun story line to keep older kids interested. Both of these books are good for both boys and girls. I'd recommend this one for ages 4-8, but really perfect for 5-6. "Good Night..." is good for 3-6 year olds. They are both good books to help build thinking skills, And with a Knight and his horse, and dragons, and other forest dwellers ;) you can't go wrong.
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By Anita K Klein on October 2, 2013
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I wish I had known of this series before a few of them went out of print! This is such a sweet bedtime book for little boys! It is actually a little long for our 4 year old but he stays with it and enjoys it. My 7 year old asks us to read it almost every night.
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It's fun, funny, easy to read and use funny voices. My daughters (4) and (2) absolutely love this whole series!
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It was a real cute book to read as you are healing from surgery and it was really enjoyed by my grand-niece.
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