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There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight

by Penny Parker Klostermann

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Very similar to the classic tale of "There was an Old Lady Who Ate a Fly", although I found it much more fun. I liked the way the book expressed that him actually consuming these things (knight, horse, squire, etc) was "not polite". ( )
  MeganSchneider | Jan 19, 2017 |
A riff on There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a fly, and there are SO many of those, this version is different and clever. Of course, no one knows why he swallowed the knight: It's not polite. The end had a twist. Great to add to a host of other There was a.....books to have kids judge their relative success - or not, in conveying a reasonable if absurd cumulative tale. ( )
  pataustin | Aug 20, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385390807, Hardcover)

We all know that “there was an old lady” who swallowed lots of things. Now meet the old dragon who swallows pretty much an entire kingdom! Will he ever learn a little moderation?! This rollicking rhyme is full to bursting with sight gags, silly characters, and plenty of burps! Parents and kids alike will delight in Ben Mantle’s precisely funny illustrations and in Penny Parker Klostermann’s wacky rhymes.


In days of yore, before a certain fly's ultimately fatal encounter with an Old Lady, there was an old dragon who felt rather peckish. "There was an old dragon who swallowed a knight. / I don't know why he swallowed the knight // It's not polite!" He follows the knight with the knight's steed ("that galloped around at a terrible speed"). Then a squire, a cook, a lady, a castle, and finally a moat are each swallowed in turn. But…"With all of that water, he started to bloat. / And that's when the dragon roared, and I quote: / ‘Okay, enough! I've had enough— / More than enough of this swallowing stuff!' " So realizing that eating all those things might have been "a tad impolite," the old dragon burps them all out in reverse except the knight (which is "ahhh…just right"). Klostermann's debut is a rollicking and warped Medieval take on the well-worn cumulative rhyme. Prolific British animator and illustrator Mantle's expressive and bright cartoon illustrations of the red, horned dragon (and the contents of his stomach) are a perfect match. The antics within the dragon's stomach—every image of the steed is accompanied by a little "clippity, clippity, clippity, clop" in teeny type—and his copious burping will leave 'em laughing. No matter how many swallowed-fly titles you own, this one belongs on your shelf too. KIrkus, May 1,2015

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In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a greedy, hungry dragon eventually learns moderation.

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