Pub. Date: September 6, 2016
Source: finished copy via publisher (Thank you, Sourcebooks!)
Summary: Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…
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Leo is a gentle knight. …perhaps too gentle. He would much rather spend his days reading books instead of going off to faraway lands and fighting fearsome and ferocious creatures. When he parents tell him he must go save a nearby village from a dragon, Leo doesn’t want to go, but he saddles Old Ned and the pair take off. Along the way they run into all sorts of magical and mythical beasts and, instead of battling these monsters, Leo reads them stories.
The Storybook Knight is the second storybook I’ve reviewed this week and unlike Max at Night, this one is loud and bold and vibrant, bursting with a variety of colors and I ADORED it.
From the first page I was instantly reminded of Redwall, one of my favorite series growing up. Medieval kingdoms, villages populated by animals, a tiny little mouse for a main character who’s sent out into the world to become a hero. Obviously the target audience for Redwall is much older, but the parallels had me giddy the entire time I was reading.
What truly won me over, however, were the illustrations. Not only were they beautiful (the stained glass window and the Griffin’s wings had me swooning!) but hidden throughout the pages were all sorts of fun objects that might be overlooked at first glance. The titles of Leo’s books, the brand of cereal Leo eats for breakfast, the dragon poop. Yep. Dragon poop. If that alone doesn’t convince you to go out and buy this book I don’t know what will!
The Storybook Knight is a fantastic book bursting with color and a great cast of characters and Sourcebooks wants YOU to have a copy of your own! For a chance to win a copy of The Storybook Knight AND an original sketch by Thomas Docherty, simply head over to the giveaway. GOOD LUCK!!