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Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta CrumThomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum and Illustrations by Lee Wildish

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 272

Ages: 7-10

Publishers Summary: A kingdom is at war.
A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen.
A brave squire volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.
But there’s just one small problem. He’s Thomas, the shortest of all the squires. With little more than a donkey, a vest, and a sword, Thomas will have to use all of his courage and determination to battle a beast with many heads, reach a forbidden island, and rescue the princess from a most fearsome dragon-and an even more fearsome fate!
Part thrilling adventure and part enchanting fantasy, sprinkled with charming black-and-white illustrations, Thomas and the Dragon Queen will delight young readers from start to finish.

“Thomas, the eldest of ten children, is the runt of the litter. His stature has him constantly picked on and always struggling to prove himself. When the opportunity arises for him to steal away to the castle with the possibility of one day becoming a knight, it’s all he can do to wait for morning to leave. As a squire his determination is tested in the field of battle, but nothing like that when he is sent on a quest to rescue his King’s only daughter and princess. Thomas and the Dragon Queen is a story of a boy who becomes a knight with the help of a few obstacles and friends to show him how valued he truly is.

“Delightful. If I were to sum up Thomas and the Dragon Queen in one word, it would be delightful.Without a doubt the perfect book for early reading boys. There are dragons and monsters; quests and battles. All of the adventure a young boy can hope to read about without all of the gore of more mature books. In addition to the wonderful story there are also fantastic illustrations highlighting many of the scenes Thomas finds himself in. Each of the illustrations are exactly what the story needed, adding just enough to the telling of the story to keep your imagination constantly in motion. Definitely a positive in the eyes of younger readers.

“Thomas’ tale is one so many children will relate to; he never quite fits in, always standing out, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Even when he is faced with the Dragon Queen herself she can only manage to bring up his stature all to quickly. But what Thomas learns throughout his quest to rescue the princess is that it’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what’s in his heart. To be honest and true, always standing firm in your convictions and never giving up hope even when you stand in the face of certain death. These are some of the best qualities a parent can hope to instill in their children. Fortunately, Thomas’ story is not only inspiring, but incredibly entertaining.

“As a fan of King Arthur and the stories of the knights of old I was delighted to read Thomas and the Dragon Queen. Shutta Crum’s story of Thomas is one that will help children everywhere appreciate their individuality no matter how different they are from others. Not only that, but the story is a true adventure that will have young readers flipping page after page after page until the very end. Thomas was an incredibly endearing character, with all the heart you could hope for in a young boy. I’m truly excited to share a copy with my own son when he gets a bit older, I’m positive he will love it!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 6 and up. Early readers, especially boys, will love this book. A brilliant adventure within every chapter with an uplifting story on the importance of individuality.

For the comments: Are you a fan of King Arthur and the noble knights from Medieval times? Do you have a favorite books from that time period?

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12 Responses to Book Review: Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum

  1. Delightful is a marvelous word 🙂 Great review darling 🙂

  2. Ah, excellent. Both my husband and I are suckers for medieval fantasy, so I imagine Boo will be too, at least until he realizes how uncool his parents are. I’ll have to remember this one when he’s a bit older. Thanks!

    • LOL! Yes, they do seem to think we have the best tastes in everything, that is until they’re old enough to realize we aren’t “cool”. We’ll both just have to enjoy the time while it lasts. 🙂

  3. Janelle says:

    A donkey and dragon and princess? Fans of Shrek might like this one as well 🙂 Is it humorous?

  4. Gina says:

    The moment I saw the cover appear on my screen…I smiled. It looks like a cute kiddie adventure and sounds like it can be enjoyed by all ages. Thanks for sharing…and happy reading!

  5. Holly says:

    This sounds like the perfect book for my 7-year-old son.

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