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Humorous tales about an impoverished knight in old England who discovers a way to tame the great variety of monsters that roam the land in the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth and his prime minister Merlin the Whirlin.
Paperback, First, 166 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Book Guild Ltd
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Wayne McCoy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer' by John Powell is a series of short stories of a knight who lucks into a cure for taming monsters.

In Old England, Good King Freddie the Umteenth is king. His prime minister is Merlin the Whirlin. When monsters plague the land, he looks for someone do deal with them. Someone who will work cheaply. He finds George. George finds a solution. The good news is he can tame the monsters. The bad news is that the monsters better not show up on one of George'
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Taylor
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kid-lit
This collection of short stories tells of the adventures of Saint George (Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment). Also represented are his assistant Jack, Merlin the Whirlin (Prime Minister of England), Good King Freddie of England, and assorted monsters and monarchs. I'm still not sure whether this book is geared toward children or adults. Maybe both. It was an utterly delightful read with lots of laugh out loud moments as the author weaves fantasy and legend with actual hist ...more
Kristin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Humorous” is the perfect word to describe the story. If I remember correctly, Powell says in the beginning of the book that he originally came up with these stories as bedtime stories for his kids – and you can tell! They’re just funny and perfectly geared toward little kids. They follow a predictable structure (all of them start with “Now it was in the days of Good King Freddie…”) and in each story Saint George has to take on some ridiculous monster problem or another – which usually can be so ...more
Sharon Tyler
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer by John Powell is a collection of short stories that left me wondering about the intended audience. The tone is fun and humorous, suitably silly for young readers that might enjoy it, but some of the humor seemed to be geared towards adults. The short stories tell of an impoverished knight in old England who discovers a way to tame the great variety of monsters that roam the land in the days of Good King Freddie the Umteenth and his prime minister Mer ...more
Notes From 'Round the Bend
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg
Saint George” is cute and utterly ridiculous…but in a hilarious, Monty Python-esque kind of way. My review experience of this was completely different than usual, as I read chapters to my three and six-year-old nieces rather than simply enjoying it alone. They loved it as much as I did. The characters each have their own silly quirks and preferences and the monster names are great. I feel that this is nicely set up to read in short bursts, as each chapter is fairly self-contained and has a ‘The ...more
Charlene
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sir George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer is an entertaining read. Each chapter is the story of one of Sir George's adventures. John Powell has written an amusing tale to share with kids. ...more
Patricia
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
England has a monster of a problem.....monsters. Good King Freddie and prime minister Merlin the whirlin realise St Cuthbet, patron saint and minister for the environment is getting passed his best and so need to look for a new candidate. Enter George, an unemployed impoverished knight so down on his luck he had to buy his armour in a charity shop. I doesn't fit well and the visor has a tendency to drop at inopportune times....

I read this with my daughter who at 5 didn't get all the jokes but to
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Daniela Kraml
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very entertainig book, that all three of my boys enjoyed hugely. As we live in Austria, we especially liked George's adventure in Tyrol and the author's use of the Marmorgugelhupf cake, which we just call Marmorgugelhupf - without the cake! ...more
Russell Howen
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Humorous fantasy with a bit of quixotism and time travel from the Middle Ages to World War II.
Wendy
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: The author
Shelves: satire, humorous
"Saint George:Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer" is the delightfully funny and clever collection of tales that center around an impoverished knight in Merry Old England who discovers the secret of taming monstrous creatures plaguing the countryside. Having bartered a deal with Good King Freddie to become the Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment he travels the land gentling a variety of creatures often with Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin and his loyal servant Jack.

John Powell
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I go by 'Jo' now
My review of this book as seen on my blog - Descendant of Poseidon Reads

Have you read some comic strips like Peanuts or Charlie? Well, this book is sort of alike only that this was in written-literary form.

"Well... it was in the days of Good King Freddie...", the book goes then comes its most satirical way of narration. The book is full of very interesting personas showing their own uniqueness that are quite very funny and humorous. I like how the author brings the fanciful and amusing featu
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Harold Walters
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A GoodReads GiveAway

“Well…it was in the days of Good King Freddie.” So begins the stories in this collection about Saint George, the Patron Saint of England and Minister for the Environment.

George gets to be Patron Saint because Cuthbert has failed to keep the monsters in check. As a matter of fact, according to King Freddie, Cuthbert “… can’t tell a Welsh dragon from an Irish whatsit.”

No wonder Cuthbert deserves the heave-ho, eh b’ys?

Thanks to Prime Minister Merlin the Whirlin (who, by the way,
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Heidi
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The stories presented here are meant to be cute and fun. These are not meant to have big valuable lessons taught, and most chapters can be read as a standalone short story. Topics referenced include global warming, the Titanic, leadership roles (i.e. Prime Minister), the Olympics, and others.

Aside from not keeping my attention, I found some of the text inappropriate for children. This includes the use of a foreign language (pretty sure French), references/jokes made about private parts, and talk
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Print Teach
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a very unexpected pleasure. I thought I was going to read a children's book - and it most definitely isn't. But it is a very cleverly written 'big kids' book. It's a series of short stories, with excellent touches of sarcasm and irony, a few clever references to modern life, and the occasional snippet of political satire. It's easy read and very entertaining... Just don't offer it to your 8 year old unless you want some seriously bemused faces!

** Free copy received through Goodreads Giveawa
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Wendie Barney boucher
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. This book was listed as a children's book, but it could be read as more than that. I found that each story had humor in it that could be appreciated by an adult as much as by children. I'm sure any child would enjoy hearing/reading the exploits of Saint George and his tame monsters. ...more
Victoria**
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it would be more of a children's book but I think some of the humor they might not get.

I thought it was a cute book of short stories with a twist of sarcasm & irony.
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Deria Stevens
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My daughter read this book and she had a hard time putting it down ...thank god its march break . Since she is not much of a reader, i give you 5 stars :)
Geri
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: recommend, won
I received this book free through a Goodreads giveaway.

Very enjoyable!
Brad Harju
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John Powell
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Tammy Downing
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Saint George finds himself taming dragons and other wild beasties with cake and other baked goods. The king in these stories is a buffoon and the Prime Minister is a wizard. The adventures are full of whimsy and appropriate for most ages.
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