The Angry Little Knight

The Angry Little Knight

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A little knight, who has a temper, tires of his fighting practice and wanders into the forest where he meets a little dragon who also has a temper, as they become unlikely friends.
Publisher: New York : North-South Books,|©2013.
ISBN: 9780735841109
0735841101
Characteristics: [24] pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm

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forbesrachel Oct 23, 2013

The child Hothead believes he is all that, playing all day as a knight. Once in the forest he gets lost in the dark, and needs to rely on its only source of light, a dragon. All of a sudden Hothead's behaviour changes, yet because the author fails to impress upon us a sense of atmosphere, or the boys feelings, this turn is inexplicable.
Clearly the author is trying to be funny through exaggeration, but she tries too hard, expressing everything to the extreme rather than selecting key words for their effectiveness.
The images are done with some beautiful paints, and visible brushstrokes for the backgrounds. Yet there are too few pictures, which means the words are relied on too much to describe things. In one instance, the forest is described as dark and gloomy, but the images are on a white background. Children will find it difficult to pay attention to such a lengthy story, especially one which does not use techniques like repetition, or pleasing sounds.
Finally, due to the tales density, the overall message would have been lost if not for the summary the author provides at the end.

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