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The Knight and the Dragon

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,173 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it?s no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor?s things to find out how to fight a knight!?Spontaneity of line and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 2nd 1998 by Puffin Books (first published 1980)
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Nov 19, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, picture, books

What do you do when you need to fight a knight or a dragon but don't know how to go about it?

Apr 26, 2011 Evan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Item 1: Dragon + Knight + Librarian Princess = Awesome.
Item 2: The solution to most problems in the book is more books.
Item 3: Librarian Princess is the hero.
Item 4: (view spoiler)
Item 5: Tomie dePaola's drawings are adorable.

Conclusion: One of the best picture books ever.
Megan Palasik
Jan 31, 2011 Megan Palasik rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I am a speech-language pathologist and I like to use wordless (or almost wordless) books with my preschoolers sometimes to practice their speech sounds in a conversational context, as well as informally assess their sentence structure and story telling skills.

I first want to say that I love Tomie dePaola's books. His illustrations have a uniqueness about them where they show the story with a couple of extra details, but not so many details that the page is overwhelming and difficult for prescho
Denis A.
Dec 18, 2013 Denis A. rated it it was amazing
Half of the book has narrative and the other half is word-less. I might hold off introducing this one to little ones due to some of the more violent parts. That being said my three year old loves anything to do with dragons, dinosaurs, trucks, power tools, TMNT. But what draws him to the story is the cover that shows the dragon and knight. The part I found a little squeamish was the illustrated page of the knight honing all of his weapons in preparation to fight the dragon. Not anything horrible ...more
Micah Elliott
Jan 05, 2009 Micah Elliott rated it it was amazing
I am so sick of this book! My twin boys have been fascinated with this story for two years now. We are swimming in books here at home, but month after month this one continues to find its way to the evening "cuddle up with a book" time. The lack of words has encouraged a lot of sound effects, and there is just enough animosity between the knight and dragon to make it a little bit scary. Despite the failure at destroying each other, the two ultimately become business partners. The example is suff ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun take on the Dragon vs. Knight tale. I love that they went to the library to learn more about their quest. Our girls really enjoyed this book; we like all of Tomie dePaola's stories.

Amanda Grooms
Mar 09, 2016 Amanda Grooms rated it it was amazing
Super cute book, and Z loves the illustrations. I enjoy reading this to him, and he loves having it read to him. I love hearing him say "dragon" (he just makes a short, throaty growl). <3
Cute tale of a young knight and a young dragon who prepare to battle each other for no particular reason.
Jan 09, 2017 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
Charming tale of a novice knight and a novice? dragon. Look forward to reading it with my nieces next time they visit.
Dec 20, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
Cute and funny! And of course, dePaola's inimitable illustrations.
Tory Haberman
Oct 11, 2014 Tory Haberman rated it it was amazing
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola is about a knight who never fought a dragon and a dragon who never fought a knight. The knight spent the day reading books on how to fight a dragon in the castle’s library while the dragon rummaged through books in his cave on how to fight a knight passed down from his ancestors. As the knight built his armor and prepared his weapons, the dragon practiced swishing his tail and looking fierce. Once they were both ready, they sent letters to one another a ...more
Tonya Nelson
May 06, 2014 Tonya Nelson rated it liked it
Summary: This book is heavily picture-based, but it is about a knight and a dragon. The knight reads about how to defeat a dragon, and the dragon reads how to take on a knight. They both practice and prepare for the fight against each other, but don’t have too much success. Both parties end up writing letters to the other before they battle. At the end, they join forces to work together to build a BBQ place.

Characteristics to Support Genre: This book takes place in medieval times and contains el
Tomie dePaola’s The Knight and the Dragon is about a timid knight and a not fierce dragon. The knight and the dragon want to fight each other but neither know how to. So the knight goes to castle’s library to learn how to fight a dragon and the dragon digs through his ancestor’s things to figure out how to fight a knight. Their fight fails miserably and they end up opening a BBQ restaurant.

The Knight and the Dragon is classified as a fantasy book for several different reasons. The setting is se
May 01, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePola is a historical fiction meets fantasy picture book for young readers aged 4-8 years. This story is about a dragon and a knight who have never fought each other before and one day they decided to organize a fight. Both having no experience began researching the matter (Tommie, 1997).
I gave the book five stars because the use of color, themes, plot flow and characters easily captivate young readers. I recommend this text for younger children because of the
May 27, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
There is a knight who has never fought a dragon and a dragon who has never fought a knight. Both set out to learn as much as they can about their respective tasks. De Paola shows their step by step learning process with side by side illustrations comparing their results. His illustrations as always are cute and charming and the story is endearing. Pre K and K.

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"What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it's no ordinary battle
Summary- This is a story of a knight and a dragon, and how they are both getting ready to battle each other for the first time. The knight prepares by reading books about dragons, building armor, and practicing jousting. The dragon gets ready for the fight by looked through his ancestors old things to find information on fighting knights, practice swishing his tail, making angry faces, and breathing fire at a target. After they have prepared they set each other letters setting a date for the fig ...more
I'm not always a fan of dePaola's works. I really don't know why. However, I loved this. Illustrations and story both. I also liked the librarian's role. :-) Probably best as a lap-read or read-aloud, since much is conveyed in the pictures.

4/18/12 I just had to include this in my Adventures! theme storytime. I think I did all right--especially with the huge crowd--in showing what happened in many of the wordless pictures. The kids may have gotten a bit lost because they couldn't examine closely.
Meghan Hunt
Oct 25, 2012 Meghan Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-picture-books
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Amy Forrester
Jan 10, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Recently I put together a knights and princesses themed storytime and rediscovered this book. The illustrations are classic Tomie DePaola. The people are small and round and there’s nothing scary about this dragon. The first half of the book alternates between the knight and dragon. Many of the pages are divided into smaller panels (rather like a comic strip) that show how the knight and dragon are progressing in their studies. The simple text is extremely minimal, some pages are completely word ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Kardena rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading his book. I read it about four times over and over. I thought it was funny. I think this would be a great book to read to younger kids around the grade of second graders. It's a good book because it has some facts about the past and went had went on. I liked in the book how it talked about the prince and the dragon preparing to fight against each other. I would read this book to a group of kids. The pictures were also good, very colorful making the book more fun to read.
Apr 08, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I thought that I knew this book, but I was delightfully surprised! With limited words, the reader is able to follow and fill in the blanks of the story. The illustrations are very comical and fun.

- During a read aloud stop reading right before the dragon and knight fight. Ask students for predictions. You could even have them complete the story on their own, finishing the period with the actual ending from the book.
- Have this book be an introduction to using book without words. Hav
Brett Axel
Apr 06, 2013 Brett Axel rated it really liked it
There are several things I like about this book. I like that large portions of the story are told with pictures alone, I like the ultimate message of making peace and working together rather than fighting and trying to kill each other, and I like that the librarian's recommendation of books helps them to transition from rivalry to cooperation. I don't like that the violence pictures is clearly serious, deadly even, and is treated with whimsy. I would not want to expose a child under 7 to it, but ...more
Caitlin O'Connor
This is a fun book for all children. The main characters are a knight and a dragon that both have to figure out what to do to fight each other. The story is made in fun-loving characters and humor, with a resolution that readers wouldn’t expect. This is an exemplary children’s fantasy novel because the setting in imaginary, the dragon has people like abilities as he studies books for his fight, and the plot is full of action and building up excitement for the fight. This book is a twist to the k ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, picture-book
Inside Cover:
What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the first time? You might guess that it will be no ordinary fight when the knight has to go to the castle library to take out a book on dragon-fighting while the dragon is digging through his ancestors' things to find out how to fight a knight. The outcome of their almost-gallant attempt is a bizarre fun-filled surprise! In an almost wordless picture book, Tomie de Paola depicts, in vibrant full color, every l
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Annie
Author/Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
Genre: Historical Fiction
Interest Level: K-2
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

This is a really cute story, set in medieval times and told more with pictures than with words, of a knight and a dragon who prepare to fight each other. When they fight, although they feel prepared, it seems that neither of them are very good at fighting. So they open up a barbeque place together. This is a fun book, great for an author study; Tomie dePaola is a very talented au
Joleene Libby
Jun 24, 2015 Joleene Libby rated it it was amazing
What's a knight and dragon to do when neither one of them have fought each other in battle before? Why go to the library of course and take out a book on the subject! This is an extremely amusing book about the steps the knight and dragon take to fight one another and what happens when they meet face to face.

Best Line-
"The dragon practiced swishing his tail."

Lesson Ideas-Prediction, surprise endings, looking at the illustrations, research, fairytales
Dulce Coronado
Jun 03, 2013 Dulce Coronado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great wordless or little word book I read! It's easy to keep up with the book with the pictures! Talk about these two characters who never been in a fight! Yet they prepare themselves to fight each other and in the end both become friends and even built their own restaurant! I enjoy reading this book with my younger sister whom got into the story which lets me know that other children will like it too!
Jul 05, 2015 Russell rated it liked it
Classic tale of putting aside cultural differences and potential strife from xenophobia to instead capitalize on a burgeoning market that you're poised to enter effectively. Great emphasis on the power of information, hilariously portrayed as books due to the medieval setting of the tale. Books. To learn. How quaint.

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Jul 30, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
This would be a fun book to use in a writing class, as half of the book is wordless. dePaola starts the story with words, then tells the remainder in illustrations. It would be a good exercise, especially for struggling writers, to create dialogue to go with the story. The framework (often the hardest part for an emerging writer) is there. Natalie loved it, too. Anything with some fantasy and she's sold. She gets it from her dad...
Shannon Rackoski
Mar 09, 2016 Shannon Rackoski rated it it was amazing
The Knight and the Dragon is meant for younger readers but is still a great and easy read. The illustrations that are a helpful tool to understanding the story since they pages may not be filled with text, and is left for interpretation. The illustrations look like they were done with colored pencils and although I would not say the lines are messy, they do look like a little kid could draw them. This gives the story a relatable feel to little kids because they can relate to the drawings.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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