With amusing rhythm, repetition, and alliteration, author Eric Ode introduces Simon the Wise, Bogsworth the Strong, and Randolph the Brave, who venture across the kingdom determined to vanquish the dragon that has been munching on townsfolk for lunch. The most unlikely band ever to have been knighted is accompanied by the littlest of sidekicks, Small Saul, who tags along with his trusty mandolin.
Small Saul finds himself carrying more than a tune as he travels along with these bumbling, bragging, buffoons. He strums as they walk, providing a marching beat for their thrilling adventure. Over valley and dale, across rivers and mountains, and through the darkest of forests the intrepid heroes journey. The knights’ boasting overpowers Saul’s very small voice of reason and the ensuing exploits are hilarious!
Ode’s engaging poem is well matched with Jim Harris’s colorful and humorous illustrations, the perfect combination for a knightly adventure. This is the second collaboration from this talented team.
About the Author
Eric Ode is an award-winning performing artist who carried his love of loopy wordplay into the classroom as an elementary-school teacher. After earning a master’s degree in education technology, he hung up his teaching hat to travel the country. During his performances, Ode focuses on engaging even the youngest of learners with his collection of rollicking characters immortalized in poetry and song. He lives with his wife, Kim, and their two children, two dogs, and four chickens in western Washington.
About the Illustrator
Jim Harris is a prolific illustrator of children’s books and freelance artist. His trademark style has earned him numerous awards, including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, the coveted Communication Arts’s Award of Excellence, the Colorado Children’s Book Award, a Western Writers of America Spur Award, and an Arizona Young Readers’ Award. His critically acclaimed Ten Little Dinosaurs received numerous awards and was named one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products.
THE BOY AND THE DRAGON
By Eric Ode
Illustrated by Jim Harris
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dragons, Unicorns, & Mythical
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3
ISBN: 9781455618132 Hardcover