The Knights Before Christmas

The Knights Before Christmas

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'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780805099324
0805099328
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Magoon, Scott

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mmcbeth29
Nov 18, 2015

SUMMARY: This is a knights parody of the original Christmas poem. "Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons (reindeer) . . .

But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!"

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. The pages are at times a bit busy, but the style of illustration lends itself well to the theme of parody.

THE GOOD: I am not often a fan of tongue in cheek or slapstick comedy which this book is full of. But even I had to admit that the inept knights were hilarious and silly. I loved the part where Santa and the knights are catapulting things at each other in determination--Santa trying to give and the knights trying not to receive. Kids will LOVE this. There are also clever bits of humor throughout the book, but you may have to read the book several times so as not to miss any.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Because much of the humor was in dialogue bubbles or written on parchment, etc., I found myself having to stop reading the main poem to read the other bits. This interrupted the flow of the story.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 5-8, but I think ages 6-9 would enjoy the sarcastic humor the most.

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