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25th September '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
5 stars
Brilliant book. The pics are lovely - very unique and colourful. The storyline is a cautionary tale of love, vanity and the dangers of procrastination. My son really loves this storybook.
9th October '17
I read it to IslaC aged 6 aged 6
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
4 stars
A story of a knight who spends so long getting ready to fight the dragon that he misses his chance and loses the princess, oops. Great story about not wasting too much time!
26th September '17
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5 & to Toodee aged 3 aged 3
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
4 stars
This story is a twist on the very traditional knights and princesses tale. We enjoyed the story and particularly liked the unusual ending.  There's a good message about making sure that you don't procrastinate about important jobs that runs through the story. We loved the illustrations, which were colourful and great fun.
7th September '17
I read it to Ibby aged 5 aged 5 & to Massi aged 8 months aged 0
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
4 stars
My family really enjoyed this book. It has a good message -  that it is better to work toward your goals rather than just trying to look good. Overall the book is fun.
6th October '17
I read it to Joshyjosh aged 5 aged 5
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
4 stars
My son enjoyed this story. It is brilliantly illustrated and has a good message within the storyline. 
2nd October '17
I read it to Primrose aged 6 aged 6 & to M-Ray aged 3 aged 3
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
4 stars
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.  
25th September '17
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 5 aged 5
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
4 stars
This is a good book, with really good illustrations. It's a fun story but with a good message. To work towards what you want to achieve. My little boy enjoyed this.
25th September '17
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
This is definitely a unique book. The wording is more for older children, the storyline is a bit complex story for Sophie, but we liked that the princess became a princess knight (we also like Nella) and married the boy and flew away with the dragon that she had tamed. The arrogant knight did not have his day.
26th September '17
I read it to RS aged 7 aged 7 & to ES aged 2 aged 2
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3 stars
Really lovely pictures and a fab title. The story is a typical knightly tale though and didn’t really captivate my 7 year old. My 2 year old enjoyed it though it is quite a long story for her age group 
10th October '17
I read it to Babs aged 3 aged 3
The Knight Who Took All Day 9781912050451
2 stars
This story is about a knight who wants to defeat a dragon in order to impress the princess,  except no dragons have been seen for years. 

I didn't much care for this story or the illustrations which were a bit too busy in my opinion.  I felt it came to an abrupt end, so much so that i turned the page expecting the next part of the story only to find the end of the book. Not sure where the author was really going with this story but don't think they actually got there. 

It's a picture book but i think is best suited to 5/6/7 year olds rather than preschoolers.  If your little one is mad about knights and dragons then by all means give it a go. Otherwise I'd give it a miss. 
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Beverley is author of more than 40 books from picture books and novels to science biographies. She was born in London, grew up in Kenya and came to Britain for the first time to take A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After travelling in Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East, Beverley joined Penguin as an...

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