King Jack and the Dragon

By Peter Bently; Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803736986, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2011

List Price: $17.99*
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Description
A lively playtime adventure that becomes a warm and cozy bedtime book perfect for every little knight-in-training. From the illustrator of the award-winning "We re Going on a Bear Hunt."
Night is falling and playtime is nearly over. But brave King Jack and his faithful knights Zak and Caspar are still protecting their castle fort from fierce dragons and terrible beasts. This captivating, joyful make-believe adventure is the perfect bedtime story for brave children everywhere. Fans of"Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site "and "Dinosaur Roar" will especially enjoy this imaginative tale.
An ALA Notable Book
Bank Street Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year
Kate Greenaway Award
It's an enchanting tribute to both full-throttle pretend play and the reassurance of a parent's embrace. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
A tale of make-believe that children will delight in hearing again and again. "School Library Journal" (starred review)
Sure to be read aloud again and again, this testament to imaginative play exudes warmth. "Kirkus Reviews.



About the Author
Peter Bently is the author of many books for young readers, including "King Jack and the Dragon", illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, which the "New York Times" called "at once contemporary and classic." His "Cats Ahoy! "received the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in his native England. Peter lives in Devon, England, with his wife and two children.

HELEN OXENBURY is the world-class illustrator of dozens of beloved picture books, includingMichael Rosen's "We're Going on a Bear Hunt, " Phyllis Root's "Big Momma Makes the World, "which wonthe "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Picture Book Award, " "and her own Tom and Pippo series. She lives in London, England.



Praise For King Jack and the Dragon

“At once contemporary and classic.”
-The New York Times

“Though the characters are wholly modern, there is a timelessness to the cycle of excitement, apprehension and parental comfort that should give this lovely book a long stay on the nursery shelf.”
-The Wall Street Journal

* “It’s an enchanting tribute to both full-throttle pretend play and the reassurance of a parent’s embrace.”
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “A tale of make-believe that children will delight in hearing again and again.”
-School Library Journal, starred review

“The rhyming verse, large trim size, and detailed illustrations…make this a suitable story for group sharing, while the sweet, intimate tone will make it a family favorite.”
-Booklist

“From this simple premise of imaginative play, Bently and Oxenbury create a classically sweet picture book.”
-Horn Book

“This one is sure to become a full-on family favorite at bedtime.”
-The Washington Post

“Altogether, ‘King Jack’ is just about perfect.”
-The Sacramento Bee

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