King Jack and the Dragon

King Jack and the Dragon An irresistible knights and dragons fantasy for the very young in the tradition of Oxenbury s enduring classic We re Going on a Bear HuntJack Zack and baby Caspar spend all day fighting dragons in

  • Title: King Jack and the Dragon
  • Author: Peter Bently Helen Oxenbury Peter J. Bentley
  • ISBN: 9780803736986
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An irresistible knights and dragons fantasy for the very young, in the tradition of Oxenbury s enduring classic We re Going on a Bear HuntJack, Zack, and baby Caspar spend all day fighting dragons in their homemade fort But when Sir Zack and Caspar are taken inside for bed, King Jack alone on his throne finds himself feeling a bit less brave especially when he hAn irresistible knights and dragons fantasy for the very young, in the tradition of Oxenbury s enduring classic We re Going on a Bear HuntJack, Zack, and baby Caspar spend all day fighting dragons in their homemade fort But when Sir Zack and Caspar are taken inside for bed, King Jack alone on his throne finds himself feeling a bit less brave especially when he hears a thing approaching, a thing with four legs.A rollicking read aloud with a charming surprise ending and Helen Oxenbury s spare, expressive illustrations, this kid pleaser is a classic in the making.

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    1. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury is a knights-and-dragons fantasy for the very young.Young friends Jack, Zack and Caspar build a castle out of a carboard box, a sheet, a blanket, some sticks, broken bricks, trash bags, and odds & ends. They fantasize about fighting dragons and beasts all day. As it gets dark, one by one, the kids are taken away by giants until Jack is left all alone. There, in the dark, a scary monster with four legs approaches.The text [...]

    2. A story that brilliantly captures the colour of a child's imagination through its' beautiful illustrations.

    3. Open this book and you are immersed in a wonderful world of make-believe that you will not want to leave. There is a timelessness to not only the story here, but the way it is told. Jack, Zack and Caspar were making a fort for King Jack out of a large box, a sheet, a blanket, some sticks, broken bricks, some trash bags, and other odds and ends. Then they spent the entire day fighting dragons and beasts until they returned back to their fort for a celebratory feast. Unfortunately, after that a gi [...]

    4. I'm a huge fan of Helen Oxenbury's illustrations and they are wonderfully suited to the story here as she does a great job with both the "real world" creations (the box-castle that Jack builds, the expressions of Jack and his friends) and the imaginary creatures Jack battles. Peter Bently's rhyming text is engaging and flows smoothly and I love the sense of imaginative play and also how skillfully he shows the change in little ones from being brave to needing Mommy and Daddy! I guess I was just [...]

    5. In a word - ADORABLE. We must have read this library book half a dozen times and I certainly didn't tire of it one bit too cute for words.

    6. Booklist (September 1, 2011 (Vol. 108, No. 1))Preschool-Kindergarten. Three boys in various stages of diaperdom build a cardboard castle in the back garden and fight dragons and beasts until suppertime in this picture-book adventure from award-winning British creators. With just a few words per page, the rhyming text is printed in typefaces that vary in size and boldness, underscoring the mounting drama, while Oxenbury’s alternating full-color watercolors and sepia sketches juxtapose the boys [...]

    7. 4.5 out of 5 .A little something missing in this book. It is fun, well illustrated. The style is a little vintage but that is ok. The spirit is theret sure if the taken home message should be the love of parents or just a book that makes people laugh. If that is the case, the illustration definitely should be refined a twisted more towards the funny side.

    8. I read a lot of children books. But this one was so good that I had to add it. I will also put the same comment on The Gruffalo and How the Grinch stole Christmas. All of them a pleasure to read out loud

    9. Five-star picture books, to me, are the ones that are not only entertaining and well-illustrated, but have this Other component--a sense of surprise and completeness, with not a word out of place. Whole.

    10. Sweet story about children's imaginative battles with dragons. Rang true for my baby dragon who commented, "I have an even better imagination!"

    11. A young boy his younger brother and his friend spend the day building a castle and fighting dragons. Very cute and I love the imagery and figuring out what the noises are. Toddler and up

    12. This adorable story is a favorite with the little fellow I babysit. I never get tired of reading it aloud.

    13. Awesome illustrations. An imaginative adventure that reminds me of my own childhood. Loved it even more than "Where the Wild Things Are."

    14. There is something very classic-feeling about this picture book; perhaps it's Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations, the story of a little boy's vivid imagination and play outside his home, or something else entirely. It's a sweet story. An Imagination Library book (age 2).

    15. Listened to this in the car. It was really short and hard to tell if it was really good without pictures! I give it three stars because Grayson wanted to listen to it over and over again until we distracted him with another audiobook!

    16. This book is about three friends that are going to build a fort. One of them is a king named Jack, but the other two names are not revealed yet. They got a big cardboard box, an old sheet, sticks, some trash bags, broken bricks, an old quilt, drawbridge, and a flag then the castle was done. King Jack stands on the bricks and gives a speech preparing them to fight the dragons. Then some dragons appeared and they began to fight them. After the dragons they began to fight some beasts that they beat [...]

    17. “A big cardboard box, an old sheet and some sticks, a couple of trash bags, a few broken bricks, a fine royal throne from a ragged old quilt, a drawbridge, a flag – and the castle was built.” Jack, along with his friends Zack and Casper, have decided to build a fort/castle. Jack declares himself as king while Zack and Casper become his knights. They spend the day fighting dragons and beasts protecting their castle from being destroyed. After a long day of defending their stronghold, they r [...]

    18. This book is about three little boys named Jack, Zack and Caspar. They decided to make a den for King Jack and his men. They made this fort from things around their house like a sheet, a cardboard box, some sticks and bricks, and some trash bags. This fort included all of the necessities of a great king. It has a royal throne, a drawbridge and a flag. After the castle was built, they spent the whole day defeating dragons and beasts. They returned to their fort after the day was done. Zack's fath [...]

    19. King Jack and his trusty men, Zack and Casper, troop outside to build a castle in the backyard out of an old cardboard box and some sheets. With their fortress in place, they battle dragons and beasts all day long, only breaking for a fabulous feast. But then a giant comes to take Sir Zack home and Caspar is carried off to bed. King Jack sits in his castle and declares that he shall fight the dragons alone. As the wind makes the trees quiver and the sky quickly darkens, the little king wraps him [...]

    20. "King Jack and the Dragon" is written by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury. It is written in poetic form and I love how it is written. This book was about a little boy, his friend, and his baby brother. The three of them decided to go on an adventure and fight dragons for the afternoon. The three were victorious as they fought off all the dragons and monsters. There came a time when the oldest brother was left all alone in the dark by himself. He didn't feel as invincible as he did when his friend [...]

    21. Mommy's review from 12/21/11 - I really, really think Helen Oxenbury did a fantastic job here. It's not often illustrations fit so beautifully with a story. The baby added so much to the story IMO and Julia thought that was the cutest touch.The story isn't hard to follow - it's about a little boy and his friend and his baby brother playing knights and dragons in their backyard. Like most kids they really let their imagination go when "building" their castle and shortly after this is finished the [...]

    22. I loved this book beginning with the cover. Who couldn't love the three little boys who built themselves a castle out of cardboard, blankets and other things laying about? The littlest one sucks his binky and points the dragons away. The next oldest boy has saggy pants and a dragon slaying spirit. Then there is Jack, who tries his best to brave the dark after his friends have left. He plans on continuing the game of dragon slaying all by himself. But he is very happy when his parents bring him h [...]

    23. This is excellent. The varying illustration style works well to change the perspective from moment to moment without having to do too much with the text. The story they tell about the boy and his friends and the counterpoint in the final act where he's alone in the dark is great. The pictures to a great job of setting Caspar off as a separate character acting appropriately for his age. Lots of stuff done right here.Only two nitpicks, a couple places the words were forced into an awkward read to [...]

    24. A fun book for story time--either at bed or whenever simply sweet. Three little munchkins head out into the backyard to play and fight dragons. They play until dark, until they're swooped up by their parents and carted off to bed. In the middle of the book there are three spreads that are fantastic! The art covers both pages, and on the first the kids are fighting dragons, on the second they're fighting beasts, and on the third spread the beasts and dragons are fleeing through the forest. So fun [...]

    25. In a story with which almost all of us can relate, Jack and his two good friends, Zack and Casper, spend the whole day playing out in the yard. They create a castle out of the materials available to them, and commence to defend it from all sorts of creatures. But as night falls, his comrades are forced to desert him when their parents take them home. Jack is left to defend the kingdom all by himself until his adventures are forced to end as well since it's time for bed. I loved the rhyming text [...]

    26. Helen Oxenbury is second only to Janet Aahlberg in my mind for her drawings. This book has wonderful drawings and the story shows how children's imagination makes everyday items in to something altogether more interesting. It was nice to see a distinct lack of health and safety and mollycoddling as the children are left to their own devices and collected at twilight (based on the parents' clothing it's summer so these toddlers were out until around 10pm. Yes, I've clearly invested too much time [...]

    27. 'King Jack and the Dragon' is a short story about 3 children who build a den and pretend to fight monsters.A very nice way to lead into the fantasy genre, however I would have loved more exploration into the monsters featured in the story, rather than a quick 'here, and gone' appearance. This story would also be a really nice avenue into a creative project such as making dens or encouraging use of a home corner set up; especially as we see the children making their den from everyday objects, and [...]

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