Castles, Princesses, Knights & Dragons
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The Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko When Princess Elizabeth is all set to be married to Prince Ronald, disaster strikes! Suddenly, a fire-breathing dragon appears, smashing its way into the castle, scorching the princess’s clothes and kidnapping Prince Ronald! Resourceful Elizabeth finds a paper bag to replace her burnt clothes and sets off on a brave quest to rescue the prince, only to find that her prince isn’t quite as gallant as she had imagined. A very popular and entertaining story that is unafraid to twist traditional character stereotypes. If you like books about feisty princesses who don't fit the mould, you might also like Princess Smartypants Not All Princesses Dress In Pink or The Worst Princess (click to view on Amazon). Buy on Amazon Small Knight and George and the Royal Chocolate Cake Ronda Armitage and Arthur Robins Small Knight and his little friendly dragon George are sent on a mission to retrieve a stolen chocolate cake, intended for the royal party. Their bravery is tested when the pair find the cake in the hands of the wild brigands! This story is always a big hit with EY and KS1, along with the other two books in the series, Small Knight and George and Small Knight and George and the Pirates (click to view on Amazon). Buy on Amazon The Knight and the Dragon Tomie de Paola This is the story of a knight and a dragon who know that they are expected to fight each other because that is what dragons and knights are supposed to do. Feeling ill-equipped, each one privately prepares by reading manuals from the library, with the knight building armour and the dragon practising his best tail-swishing. The first few pages of the story are told through pictures and words, but from the point of the fight onwards there are only pictures, leaving space for readers to interpret and supply their own narrative. This is a fun story that turns traditional character tropes on their head and offers plenty of opportunities to stimulate writing and storytelling in the classroom. Buy on Amazon Castles Colin Thompson A visual exploration of fantasy castles, this book contains wonderfully detailed illustrations of different castles, each hiding a royal family as well as many inventive puzzles, mazes and visual puns woven into the details. A popular choice for stimulating fantasy writing, this is one of those books that pupils can’t wait to get their hands on and pore over the details for themselves. Buy on Amazon The Boy Who Grew Dragons Andy Shepherd & Sara Ogilvie The first in a series of three stories from debut author Andy Shepherd, this hugely entertaining adventure about a small boy and his pet dragon would make a super read-aloud for years 2, 3 or 4. Tomas is busy in the garden with Grandad, planning which fruits to grow that might be turned into delicious jams or tarts. When Tomas stumbles across a strange tree with curious-looking fruit, he never expects that what might emerge from the fruit is a real live dragon! Tomas intrepidly takes it upon himself to nurture the adorable tiny dragon, which he names Flicker. This is an adventure that is humorous at every turn, but also full of heart. Buy on Amazon The Snowflake Mistake Lou Treleaven and Maddie Frost Within a floating ice palace high above the clouds, the Snow Queen operates a snowflake machine, ensuring that it produces perfectly identical flakes. But one day when the Queen leaves her daughter Princess Ellie in charge, the machine breaks and Princess Ellie has to find a new way to make the snowflakes. Princess Ellie creates exquisite and unique snowflakes by hand, making the most beautiful snowfall ever. Also featured on: #bookpost Buy on Amazon George and the Dragon Christopher Wormell This is the story of a mighty dragon who seems ferocious, until we discover that he is terrified of George, a tiny mouse who pops round to borrow some sugar. This is a beautifully illustrated story coupled with the kind of gentle humour that draws readers in and makes them want to read it over and over again. Buy on Amazon King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Marcia Williams Delve into the fascinating legends of King Arthur and his knights. The tales are retold in Marcia Williams' distinctive comic book style, with speech bubbles and many humorous details in both the text and illustrations that pupils will love. Also featured on: books for the Anglo Saxon topic Buy on Amazon Rapunzel Sarah Gibb This is the story of Rapunzel that we all know and love, with beautiful illustrations by Sarah Gibb that capture the magic of the fairy tale world. If you are looking to compare versions of this well-loved story, you could also try this new version by Bethan Woollvin or Rachel Isadora's version of Rapunzel in an African setting (click to view on Amazon). Buy on Amazon Look out, It's a Dragon! Jonny Lambert Everybody knows that dragons are ferocious by nature. They live in dangerous places and spend their time capturing princesses or crushing up castles. But Saffi is a different type of dragon, who is temperate and gentle by nature and she is just looking to find some friends to play with near her new home. Saffi’s new neighbours, however, are not so keen on the idea of hanging out with a dragon and they swiftly tell Saffi that she can’t stay, calling her names like ‘knobbly knickers’ and ‘lumbering beastie’. Little do they realise that when they later meet dragons that do conform to their expectations, they will need Saffi’s help to save the day. This is a story that explores the theme of prejudice and stereotyping in a gentle way that is easily relatable for young children. Also features on: Reading For Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon You Can't Eat a Princess! Gillian Rogerson & Sarah McIntyre This is a humorous story featuring a brave and feisty princess character, very popular with younger children. When King Cupcake is kidnapped by aliens, Princess Spaghetti, won’t take no for an answer when the aliens refuse to give him back! Buy on Amazon See Inside Castles Katie Daynes and David Hancock An accessible non-fiction text to introduce young readers to the world of castles. Children can lift the flaps to reveal a wealth of details and extra information about different types of castles. Buy on Amazon The Egg M. P. Robertson A charming and sincere story about learning to care for someone or something else. The Egg follows the story of one lonely boy who discovers a large egg that hatches into a dragon. The boy has to nurture his new pet and teach it how to behave in a manner fitting for a dragon. This story is popular with KS1