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Wednesday 4 April 2018

Review: The Knight Who Said 'No!'

Young Ned is the perfect knight. He always does what he’s told, he’s always helpful and he always says ‘yes’.

But one morning Ned does not want to do what he’s told, he does not want to be helpful and he starts saying… ‘no'.

Ned is in a bad mood, and nothing seems able to change it. He says ‘no’ to everyone and everything, and no one is exempt from his moodiness. 

Not even the dragon that’s been terrorising the village!

But what will happen when Ned says ‘no’ to a dragon? 

The Knight Who Said 'No!' by Lucy Rowland is a super fun story. Written in rhyme, it is engaging and great to read aloud to a crowd. The plot is funny and action packed, and while the story conveys to kids that everyone gets in a bad mood sometimes (and this is okay), it isn’t an overpowering message, and I didn’t feel it was the real focus of the story. 

For me, the story is just fun! It’s entertaining and silly and funny and joyful. It’s the kind of book kids reach for — the kind of book that becomes a child’s treasured favourite simply because it makes them smile and laugh.

And with amazing illustrations by the talented Kate Hindley, it’s a visually striking picture book kids will most definitely be drawn to. The illustrations are colourful, funky and detailed, true to Hindley’s recognisable style. Again, they’re just fun!

So if you and/or the kids love a good rhyming adventure, The Knight Who Said 'No!' is a fabulous choice.

For more Lucy Rowland, be sure to check out The Birthday Invitation, another fabulous rhyming tale. And for more of Kate Hindley's gorgeous illustrations, check out You Must Bring a Hat, Oliver and Patch and The Great Snortle Hunt.  

Title: The Knight Who Said 'No!'
Author: Lucy Rowland
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $24.99
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781788002073
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book