A few weeks ago a lovely lady called Helen dropped me a message to recommend us a book which her son had picked out at the library – The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight. It wasn’t one that i’d heard of so I want to give a big shout out to her to say thank you as we LOVE it! (It should be noted here that this is definitely a different Helen to the one who wrote the book!)
The story is about a little mouse called Leo who likes nothing more than to curl up with a good book. However Leo is a knight so, despite his protestations, his parents insist that he has to go out in to the world and fight dragons.
Leo packs a bag with some sandwiches (and lots of books of course!) and heads off on his horse to fight a dragon who has been terrorising a town a few hours ride away. En route he faces a fearsome griffin and an angry troll, but defeats them quickly and easily using not his sword but his collection of books. It turns out that nasty creatures can be quite vain and love to hear stories about themselves!
With these two successes under his belt, Leo reaches his destination. Can he defeat the dragon with the power of good literature or will he have to resort to using his sword?
This is a really well thought out book with a great message for kids (and adults!) – arm yourselves with knowledge, not weapons. My little bookworm loved the idea that stories can be powerful enough to defeat a dragon and she wants to read this one again and again.
There’s lots of wonderful detail in the illustrations and a cheeky sense of humour throughout. I’m very happy that we discovered it!
Buy it now: https://amzn.to/2OoDkqd