The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight: 1

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The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight: 1

The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight: 1

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Leo the mouse isn’t like other knights, he’d rather read a book than fight, much to his parents’ despair. So when an opportunity to tame a dragon arises, his parents volunteer him, hoping this is his chance to change his mind and become a ‘real’ knight. Leo reluctantly takes the challenge and along the way meets other scary creatures who need his help. Leo uses his most powerful weapon to tame them, his books, and the power of stories. When you’re a knight and your name bestows you with the courage and bravery of a lion…what is a mouse to do? Leo is only small but has a very powerful weapon, words! And this lovely tale follows him on his mission of peace. For older students (KS2), hereis an idea for a writing workshop based on the story of The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight.

The rhyming text, which makes for a lovely read aloud, is where readers will find the overt messages about why reading and sharing stories is so important, but the artwork is where the covert, latent messages will be found. Two types of such messages are particularly striking in The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight: images of closeness when reading and the use of light at nighttime. Both of these are vital to children in the preschool years, both convey safety and comfort to them.All in all this is a beautiful book with a magnificent and educational story trapped inside. Well worth a read and one I think adults and children will definitely enjoy together and apart. 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.

Closeness with a loved one when reading, also known as joint attention reading, not only brings comfort, it also helps children learn. This is emphasised greatly within the visual narrative by the fact that those Leo is joint reading with are supposedly scary beasts, highlighting further the transformative powers of book sharing. The use of light is also quite striking in the book; we know how important light is in making children feel safe at night-time. In both concluding spreads of The Snatchabook and The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight, the radiance and warmth of light against darkness of the night surrounding the characters are used beautifully to convey the sense of contentment and sanctuary that reading brings: I absolutely LOVE this book for children. First of all, the message. The message! The moral of the story here is this: you do not need to fight to get what you want accomplished, you can use your brain. And that, my friends, is what this world needs a little (or a lot) more of. If we can teach our children this, our future would be bright. 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! Any child reading about Leo in this adventure, will understand that words and stories can solve issues better than swords can, and in this tale lies their introduction to diplomacy at an early age.


The story is told in rhyme, which I always love as I feel it engages the children more in the story. My four year old was captivated. The illustrations are bright and beautiful. I adored the message this book gives young readers. It also let's them know there is nothing wrong with having your nose in a book. Leo's experience with his parents is something all book lovers have faced at one time or another. The Storybook Knight reminds us it is ok to be you, to do things different and above all to love reading. This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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. The Storybook Knight is about a little mouse knight. However, is he isn't what you normally think of when you think of a knight. He is not much of a fighter, he is more of a reader (much to his parents dismay). So one day, his parents find an ad looking for a knight to tame a dragon and they send their son off! Helen and Thomas Docherty form a formidable pair while delivering a message through a rhyming story and wonderfully colourful illustrations of magical creatures familiar to us from other tales. Leo, the main character, is a pacifist bookworm (love him) whose parents want him to be a knight. All he wants to do is read (I get it, Leo. Here too). If you know this blog well, you will know my penchant for picturebooks which promote books, shared reading and reading for pleasure; you might even be aware I am writing a MA dissertation about this right now, though I won’t bore you with those details. So, as you can imagine therefore, I loved The Snatchabook (see my review here), the first “picturebook about reading” collaboration between husband and wife team Helen and Thomas Docherty and I was delighted that Helen wrote a guest post for its publication at the time. The publication of The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight (Alison Green books) has therefore been long-awaited and could not have come at a better time.One morning, Leo’s parents said They’d like to have a chat. There was nothing wrong with reading, But he couldn’t just do that! They’d seen a lovely advert

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