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4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  402 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
The Good Knight is on his watch when he hears a sound. Roar! Is it a dragon? A great big dragon? He searches the woods and finds a surprise. Three very little dragons are almost ready for bed. But who will read to them, tuck them in, and kiss them good night? Is this a job for the Good Knight? Young readers, like the young dragons, will quickly fall under the Good Knight's ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 14th 2002 by Penguin Young Readers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Manik Sukoco
Jan 01, 2016 Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it
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 w ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Leslie rated it liked it
Checked out a bunch of these Good Knight books from our library for my reluctant 6 year old reader to read. He loves knights and quests and all that and I thought these would be fun to read. They are supposed to be beginner readers but one quick glances assured me that like most so-called beginner readers, this is not. It's more appropriate for your average 2nd grader. Of course a gifted young enthuisastic reader can read this unaided, but a reluctant child having difficulties couldn't read this ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This is my 6-year old's favorite book collection. After checking out various "Good Knight" books from the library, we finally just bought them. Very, very worth it.
Feb 11, 2016 Van rated it it was ok
There needs much patience to be a good man. When feeling lonely, all it needs is someone's attention, sympathy and comfort.
Lucy Hall
Title: Get Well Good Knight
Author: Thomas, Shelley
Illustrator: (Plecas, Jennifer)
Genre: Predictable
Theme(s): Caring, family, fantasy.
Opening line/sentence:
Once there were three little dragon.
They lived in a dark cave.
The cave was in a dense forest.
The forest was in a faraway kingdom.
The poor little dragons
were very lonely
in their deep dark cave.
Brief Book Summary: It is a story about a knight with a good heart. He goes to the forest and finds three little sick dragons. He tries to find the best
Dec 19, 2008 AnnaBnana rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I wasn't totally enamored with this book, but I thought it was pretty cute. It would be fun for read aloud, as well as appropriate for early-independent reading. I really liked the text repetition, which could make reading aloud interesting as the knight gets more and more exasperated, but would also be good for confidence building in an early reader. Plus, the story is pretty cute and I can see a kid thinking it's totally funny.
Nov 18, 2009 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About a knight who has the night watch and discovers more than he expected when he hears a roar from the forest. Fun, silly, entertaining. Full of repeated phrases which make it accessible to beginning readers but silly enough to keep adults entertained too. Plus the subject matter will be the source of some amusement to parents.
Easy to read beginners book #4

This book was about a knight and three dragons. It was time for bed and the first dragon roared, so the knight went to him and asked what he needed. The knight helped him, went back to the castle, and the second dragon roared. He got up, got on his horse, and went to go help the second dragon, and the first dragon asked for another glass of water. He helped both dragons and went back. The same thing happened with the third dragon and then all three dragons at one ti
Jo Miller
Jun 13, 2016 Jo Miller added it
Shelves: easy-readers
This is a little more advanced easy reader as it is longer, words are not as big, and there are more words in the book. Good use of onomatopoeia. A cute book about 3 little dragons getting ready for bed and a knight that helps them. It is strange because you think that a knight is suppose to sleigh the dragon, but in this case he tucks them in instead. It is funny because by the time it is all over with then the knight is tired and ready for bed.
Chrissy Muller
Sep 25, 2011 Chrissy Muller rated it really liked it
This is absolutely a bedtime story. For this reason, I'm not sure that I would keep it in my classroom library, I don't think that my students would really enjoy reading about little dragons falling asleep. Possibly if I end up teaching a very young grade (kindergarten or preschool) I could read this book to my kids before nap time! I like that this story is about a Knight helping out little dragons. This sort of goes against the norm of how fairytale stories typically play out with this list of ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
We're wrapping up a dinosaur unit with first grade and the final library media lesson compares dragons and dinosaurs. I chose a few fun and quick books featuring dragons, including Good Night, Good Knight. As soon as I held it up, five students lit up and exclaimed that they LOVE this book.

Even though it's an easy reader book, it still makes a great, though long and somewhat repetitive, read aloud. We loved the sound effects and I enjoyed giving the dragons and knight voices.

I don't think that
Sep 24, 2014 Garren rated it it was ok
A "go to bed" book for little dragons and the exasperated knight who has to keep checking on them before he can get some rest. Almost overly cute, but in a good way.
Feb 17, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it
My little guy loves this book! It's a cute story that I think most parents can relate to in terms of "Seriously, I have to go in there again?!" It's repetitive and it rhymes. All the things he likes. We borrowed it from the library so he might not be thrilled in a week when we have to take it back.
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
cute, good bedtime rhythm, the knight is a much, much, much better man than I am. Go to bed already!

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Sep 13, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas is a cute story about 3 dragons who can't sleep and a Good Knight comes to help
Taylor Watson
Aug 12, 2014 Taylor Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peyton
Clippity-clop. Fun little book for my now 1st grader to read! Teaches the silent K!
Dec 05, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1st-reader, dragons
Putting young dragons to bed is a lot like putting young children to bed.
Samantha Weatherford
I loved this series of books! This particular book is about the routine of going to bed. It is great for sequencing and has alot of repititous phrases that help the young reader through the text. The illustrations are very animated and kid friendly, with each little dragon having little wings. it tells the tale of the three little dragon, and each book the Good Knight who is their good friend, helps them solve a little problem. This book has alot of text, so it would be a good read aloud for you ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Felicia rated it it was amazing
This was on a reading list for kids that I am reading - great book.
Nov 13, 2014 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sooooo funny
Nov 15, 2012 Jenne rated it it was amazing
this book is not just about bedtime but offers an example of a male lead character learning nurturing skills. in this way, this book is an excellent child friendly introduction to solving sleep problems. parents could use this to teach parenting skills to their children, in preparation for being future parents, as well as the jumping off point for a discussion of efficient sleep routines at home and night time. this is an excellent conversation book lending itself more for daytime reading rather ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars.
Mar 01, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2000
Katherine Brown
Sep 05, 2013 Katherine Brown rated it really liked it
I think that this is a great book for beginning readers. The sentences are tend to be repetitive and will assist students with recognition of sight words. I enjoy how the characters in this book do not play the role that we typically see in these types of books. I would recommend this to my students to keep in their won book basket, so they can read it during independent read, or at home.
Jan 02, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun little tale that is perfect to read at bedtime. The narrative is simple, repetitive and still short enough to hold the attention of a preschooler and the illustrations are very cute. It's not an easy-reader per se, but easy enough for 1st or 2nd graders to read alone. Our oldest read this book to our youngest tonight at bedtime and I just had to read through it myself afterward.
Christy Whitaker
Feb 05, 2013 Christy Whitaker rated it liked it
Shelves: repetition
The Good Knight is patient and kind to the three little dragons that only want attention. The repetition in the text makes predicting easy. I like the author's use of rhymes and homophones. I could use this text in class when teaching these various writing techniques. I would certainly introduce this book to ELLs because the repetition helps with their acquisition of the English language.
Brenda Wharton
Jan 07, 2014 Brenda Wharton rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Cute bedtime story about a good knight who keeps getting called to a cave in the woods to help put the baby dragons to bed, get them water, sing them songs and give them hugs
Jennifer Mitchell
Jan 18, 2012 Jennifer Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
There are so many things I love about this book and series about a Good Knight and three little dragons.
The rhymes (crumbly, tumbly tower), the alliteration (deep, dark caves), the repetition ("He got off his horse. thud.") and, most of all, the story itself of three little dragons and the good Knight who helps them to have a good night.
Sep 29, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it
Three little dragons agree to take care of the wizard's cats while he is on vacation but they can't read so they don't know how to follow his instructions. A comedy of errors ensues where they do a bunch of things the cats really don't like until the Good Knight helps them figure things out and then begins teaching them to read.
Dec 30, 2014 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-kids
The kids loved this one and I thought it was fun to read. After listening to it a few times my 1st grader wanted to try it on his own. This is his first attempt at reading a longer book himself and it seems like a great book for it. It took him a while but he got all the way through it in one sitting :)
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