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Leo the mouse isn't like the other knights. While they like fighting,
he'd rather read a book. Leo's parents are keen to turn him
into a proper knight, so they pack him off on a mission to tame a
dragon. But Leo knows that books are mightier than swords, and he
tames not just the dragon, but a troll and a griffin, too - by
reading them stories.

With its witty rhyming text and glorious, detailed illustrations,
THE KNIGHT WHO WOULDN'T FIGHT is a joyful, magical picture book
about the power of stories.

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21st July '16
I read it to Dragonmaster aged 6 aged 6 & to Kerfuffle aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
My sons aged 6 and 3 loved this book. They said they liked the pictures, which I also thought were really colourful. The book has a great moral, which is that there are other ways to resolve issues than argue and fight, and in doing so, the characters in the story made new friends, which is such a positive message. Both my sons love books, so the fact that the story is about making friends through books is even better. 
14th October '16
Lottie12 read it themselves aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
What a lovely book and the illustrations are amazing. Leo the knight who loves books gets sent on a journey to tame a dragon. He packs some books. The books come in handy to make friends with some fearful creatures. Lottie's favourite part of the story is " And everywhere you looked, the streets were filled with dragon poo"
Brilliant story, highly recommend it.
12th November '18
I read it to Sienna3 aged 3 months aged 0
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5 stars
This is a really well thought out book with a great message for children which is to arm yourselves with knowledge, not weapons. There’s lots of wonderful detail in the illustrations and the author has created a sense of humour though the text. I’m very happy that I purchased this book. 
26th July '16
I read it to ToyStoryTot aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
What a superb book! Beautiful illustrations, engaging rhyme and a lovely moral. My son adores this book and has read it many times since receiving it. Highly recommend! 
25th April '17
I read it to Berrylookalike aged 7 aged 7 & to MunchkinMia aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I loved The Snatchabook and am a huge fan of Helen and Thomas Docherty’s work. So when I heard about The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight I knew I was in for a treat. And wow, this book is a treat!
THE KNIGHT WHO WOULDN’T FIGHT is a joyful, magical picture book about the power of stories.
Thomas Docherty‘s art work is luminous. I love the way he uses light and colour in his illustrations and the way he highlights sections of his pictures. Just beautiful. And Helen Docherty‘s rhyming prose is always spot on and full of warmth and humour.
What I really love about this duo is the way their books are a celebration of childhood and reading for pleasure. The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight and The Snatchabook are particularly good at showing the joy of shared reading. What is not to love about a knight who spreads the love of stories and uses his books to make new friends.
5th August '16
I read it to HarryB aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a lovely illustrated book with rhyming text that flows perfectly and it has a fabulous moral to the story. My son-and his siblings- love books and  we really enjoyed reading about how Leo found alternative ways of engaging with others through books instead of fighting. We have read this a number of times already and it will be a bedtime favourite for a long time.
7th September '16
I read it to Omar1004 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I read this to my 3 year old brother, Omar , every day - it's his favourite book. I have to read it at least 4 times to him before he's satisfied. "Again! Again!" Is the usual response when it's finished.

The story itself is quite simply lovely. It's a very easy read, and Leo the Knight is an endearing protagonist. The illustrations are beautiful, and very colourful. It's a firm favourite in our household.
1st September '16
I read it to NooNoo aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
We all enjoyed this lovely rhyming story, the illustrations are wonderful and its a funny and endearing story 
1st July '18
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5 & to Toodee aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A gorgeous rhyming story that celebrates the joy of reading. It's lovely to share at bedtime and has a great message too.
17th July '16
LewisT read it themselves aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
What an absolutely lovely book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this to my son Lewis who is nearly 3. We thought the illustrations were beautifully charming and the story was an absolute dream! 
I will definitely be recommending this book & can't wait to buy another book by these authors!
Brilliant!!!!
8th August '16
I read it to Samuel aged 8 months aged 0
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5 stars
The Knight who wouldn't Fight is a wonderful celebration of the joy and power of reading. Young Leo mouse is a knight who can't see the point of fighting. He'd much rather be reading. And read he does - up a tree, at the breakfast table, beside a stream. Leo's parents are determined that he should behave in a more knightly fashion and so they send him off on a mission to tame a dragon. They provide him with a new sword and shield, and Leo packs the essentials: saddlebags full of books.
Not long into his journey, he encounters a griffin who is desperate for a fight. Instead, Leo persuades him to listen to a story. It turns out that the griffin is rather vain and so is easily swayed by the promise of a book of brilliant beasts with pictures of him in it. Hours later, Leo is picnicking by a mountain stream when a troll leaps out from under a bridge and threatens to eat him. Again, Leo is saved by a book. This time it's The Billy Goats Gruff.
Next, Leo arrives in a town where a dragon has been wreaking havoc and the townsfolk are too afraid to leave their homes. The dragon spies Leo and squares up for a fight. Leo tames him and gets him to tidy up the town by - you guessed it - promising to read him a story.

The story is told in verse; the rhymes and lovely bouncy rhythm make it a delight to read aloud. There's a warmth and gentle humour to the text too. Oh, and the dragon poo line made me laugh out loud!
Thomas Docherty's illustrations are gorgeous - cute animals and magnificent mythical creatures. There's lots of lovely detail too; I particularly like the breakfast table scene where the light is streaming through the stained glass windows.

This is a terrific picture book and one that I can see us reading again and again.
29th July '16
I read it myself (an adult) , to IRE aged 4 aged 4 & to TAME aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This story is about Leo, a gentle little knight, who would rather read than fight. Just how will he manage when his parents send him off with a new shield and sword to tame a scary dragon? And what about the griffin and troll he encounters on his way? Well, this little knight proves that fighting is not always the answer. Instead he relies on a pile of books and his love of reading. A fantastic rhyming book with whimsical illustrations that really appeal to both young and old imaginations! I was worried it may be a bit long for my 2 year old but as soon as he saw the front cover he wanted me to read it. He loves the part about dragon poo (obviously) and listens right until the end. It’s one we have read over and over again. Thank you Toppsta!
28th May '17
I read it to MunchkinMia aged 4 aged 4
The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight 9781407163482
5 stars
Thomas Docherty‘s art work is luminous. I love the way he uses light and colour in his illustrations and the way he highlights sections of his pictures. Just beautiful. And Helen Docherty‘s rhyming prose is always spot on and full of warmth and humour.
What I really love about this duo is the way their books are a celebration of childhood and reading for pleasure. The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight and The Snatchabook are particularly good at showing the joy of shared reading. What is not to love about a knight who spreads the love of stories and uses his books to make new friends.
18th July '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to 2RD aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
Before I read this book to my class we discussed the front cover and if we liked it or not. Surprisingly out of twelve children every child liked the front cover. My class think:
*It is colourful and neatly drawn.
*I like the shiny moon and stars.
*I like the dragon breathing smoke.
*I like the knight because he is small.
*The knight looks cute and brave.
*The mouse (knight) looks happy.
*I like the knight because I think he learns a lesson about how to fight.
*I like the cover because it looks like a fun story.

This book was fantastic! I read it before I read it to the children in my class and adored it. It was full of bold, bright and intricately drawn images and every page used rhyme. The story itself follows a small mouse who is a knight and is afraid of the idea of battling and fighting with others. Instead he much prefers to READ! (A mouse after my own heart)
His parents try to encourage him to be the knight they've always wanted him to be and ship him off to face a dragon who is in need of being slayed. On his travels he meets different creatures, a griffin, troll and finally the dragon. All who wanted to eat him initially. So instead of him being frightened he was brave and decided to introduce them to a book instead, as a parting gift he gave each character the book he'd read to them. Such a beautiful thought and it appeared that the underlying theme of the book was to treat others kindly even if they aren't kind to you (a saying I instill in the children I teach, and one I live by myself: Treat others how you want to be treated), but most importantly how a book can change a person/character for the better.
This book reminded me of The Gruffalo, where the mouse was tricking others into believing there was a huge, beast called a Gruffalo instead of others eating him instead. The Knight in this story tricked the others also, instead of them eating him he read them a story and gave them a book to occupy their mind.
After reading the story the children thought:
* I liked it when the Knight was really kind to the other creatures because he was caring for others. (HH aged 6)
* I liked it when the Knight helped the dragon tidy up because he cared about him. (ES aged 6)
* I liked that the Knight was kind to others and gave his books away because he was being thoughtful. (LS aged 7)
* I enjoyed it when the Knight trained the animals to do the right thing and not do the wrong thing anymore because it teaches them to follow the right path. (UM aged 7)
* My favourite part was when the dragon got tamed with a story because he didn't have to face all of the attacking. (JT aged 7)
* My favourite character was the Troll because after the Knight gave him the book he said Thank you. (CO aged 7)
 * I loved the mouse because he is so small and I like the size of his ears. (MW aged 7)
* I enjoyed the part where it rhymed because it sounded more exciting. (LA aged 7)
* My favourite part was when the knight got to read as much as he wanted because he did what he finally wanted to do. (ES aged 6)
* I liked the bit when his parents let him read because he did what his parents asked him to do. (IT aged 7)

We would give this book 5 stars because it made us feel happy!

I would definitely read more books by this author because this was fabulous and I'd certainly recommend it. I like the look of the other two books in this series 'Abracazebra' and 'The Snatchabook' and am keen to add them to my collection.
30th July '16
I read it to Jaxstarrh aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This was familiar reading of it's genre...tripped nicelly off the tongue reading it a three year old.  It stood the toddler test and we got to the end and read again! Nice little references to tidying up in it
Yes..we both enjoyed the story
18th July '16
I read it to Daniel11 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
wow what a fantastic story, Daniel loves this book and i have lost time of the amount of times we had read it.
the illustrations are beautiful and compliment the story brilliantly.
would recommend this book to children aged 3 plus 
19th July '16
I read it to darling1 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A heart warming story with lovely illustrations, Jessica really liked the gold on the front cover. The text uses a lot of rhyme which encouraged predication. The gentle story shows how reading and sharing of books can be better than fighting. I feel this story tells children that it is ok to be of a gentle disposition and that you can still be successful without being forceful or violent. We have shared this beautiful story many times since its arrival. A thoroughly recommendable read that has introduced us to the work of Helen and Thomas Docherty and we look forward to reading The Snatchabook and The  Abracazebra .Thank you Toppsta as we might never have discovered this pair
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Helen Docherty's Biography
Before becoming an author, Helen used to teach Spanish and French. She has lived and worked in France, Spain, Cuba and Mexico, and now lives in Swansea, Wales, with her husband, the author and illustrator Thomas Docherty, and their two daughters. 

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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels for adults, including Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe and Little Beach Street Bakery. When Neil the puffin from Little Beach Street Bakery caught her readers' attention, Jenny knew she needed a story of his own - and so the id...

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