King Jack and the Dragon
Publication Date: August 18, 2011
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An irresistible knights-and-dragons fantasy for the very young, in the tradition of Oxenbury's enduring classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Jack, Zack, and baby Caspar spend all day fighting dragons in their homemade fort. But when Sir Zack and Caspar are taken inside for bed, King Jack - alone on his throne - finds himself feeling a bit less brave . . . especially when he hears a thing approaching, a thing with four legs.
A rollicking read-aloud with a charming surprise ending and Helen Oxenbury's spare, expressive illustrations, this kid-pleaser is a classic in the making.
Peter Bently lives in Devon, England, with his wife and their two children.
Helen Oxenbury, the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, lives with her husband, the illustrator John Burningham, in North London, England.
“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.”
“From this simple premise of imaginative play, Bently and Oxenbury create a classically sweet picture 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