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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: A knight and a dragon who never learned to fight each other reluctantly take up the study of how to do each other in, but fail miserably at it and instead, thanks to the help of a librarian, open a BBQ restaurant. This is a fantasy story with a happy ending
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.7
Age of Child: Read to kids ages 3 and 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: It's funny to see the knight trying and failing to use his lance, and the dragon setting everything afire but his opponent.
Adult Reader Reaction: So they opened a BBQ restaurant?!? Okay, I suppose the moral is, don’t fight?
Pros: Tomie De Paola's artwork is, of course, terrific.
Cons: A BBQ restaurant?!? It's such a hard left turn that readers get whiplash.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless you're a huge dePaola fan.