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*There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight* by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle
There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle
Ages 3-6 40 pages Random House August 2015 Hardcover    

Klostermannís debut picture book can be sung to the tune of the cumulative story "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

A huge flying dragon is gobbling up castle inhabitants and their buildings. First the red dragon swallows the knight (Itís not polite). Then he swallows a steed, a squire, a cook and his recipe book, a lady (It seems quite shady), and the castle they all live in. He gets it all down his throat by drinking the moat.

When I read this for storytime, I had the kids click their tongues for the clippity, clippity, clippity, clop that appears at the end of every verse. I also like this version because it isnít as long as some of the others, and it''s funnier. The knight bellowing the ďItís not politeĒ part while his hands are on his hips is exaggerated in the illustrations by the way the swallowed people land on one another in the dragonís stomach.

Kids will like seeing the squire get his bum burned by the dragonís breath and the burp at the end that allows them all (but the now-content knight) to escape. There is a play on word with knight and night which is a great addition as well. But my favorite part of the story is when the dragon uses the knightís sword like a toothpick.
 


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