Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Rating: 5 stars
I don't want to toot my own horn, but I'm a pretty good reader of children's books. But this book is especially fun to read--it has wonderful, rhythmic prose that repeats itself in just the right way to make the book a tiny bit suspenseful. A mini what's-going-to-happen-next tale involving a brave knight and three dragons...and a homonym to boot! What more could you really ask for in a bedtime (or anytime) book?
Here's the story: A good knight is on watch and hears a roar, and goes to check it out. It's a dragon, needing a glass of water. He's confused but, since he's a good knight, he provides the refreshing sips and returns to his post. And hears another roar. It's another dragon, needing a bedtime story. He's confused but, since he's a good knight, he reads a story and returns to his post. And then he hears another roar, and goes to check it out. It's a third dragon, needing a bedtime song. He's confused but, you guessed it, a good knight so he sings a lullaby and returns to his post. Only to hear a fourth and final roar and he goes to check it out.
He tries to guess what these silly little dragons need.
Another glass of water? Nope.
Another bedtime story? Nah.
Another song? Not that either.
Three green, scaly, puckered dragon lips turn to him. A good-night kiss! He'sSo he smooches the dragons, waits until the roars turn to snores, and wearily tucks himself in for the night.
This is a great little book, an above-average fun read for both big reader and little listener. Definitely a great book for your shelf.