2nd October '17
A really enjoyable picture book for a multitude of ages. I read this to my nephew who is 3 and although it is a little lengthy for his attention span, using the characters we acted out the way the dragon would roar and how the king would walk etc. This helped retain his attention and as a result he thoroughly enjoyed the book. My 6 year old niece was able to read this too me and adored it. She thought it was funny that the king was so bossy and kept giving out orders to the squire. The story is about a King who is attempting to win the heart of the Princess but to do so he needed to fight and defeat the ferocious dragon which was tearing through the town and wreaking havoc. Due to the King's long winded nature and lack of courage he was always putting off the great challenge, ordering his squire to select the most appropriate and best outfit to attract the Princess's attention. In all the fuss the King did not manage to defeat the dragon and eventually when he was ready to face the challenge the Princess had already dressed accordingly to face the dragon in all her bravery, and was able to talk to the dragon to win him over. In doing so, she gained a trusted friend and married the squire. After all the King's trouble and drama he lost the chance to face the dragon and also lost the Princess's hand in marriage. A great tale about wasting time and why it is important to face challenges head on as soon as they arise. Although the theme of the book is one which is understood more by older children, they still enjoyed the pictures and the book and discussed what was happening in the pictures commenting on the dragon and identifying it in every picture even when it was almost hidden. For the illustrations alone it is a great book to have conversations as there is so much going on. It could definitely be used within a literacy session for my year 2 children and I may well do that during the topic that links to castles further on in the year.