Blog Tour + Review+Giveaway The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

Storybook Knight

The Storybook Knight

By:Helen Docherty, Thomas Docherty

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Pub. Date: Sept 6th, 2016

My Rating: FIVE Stars!

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Goodreads: “Even dragons can’t resist a good story…

Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…” 

I am really excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty. I previously reviewed this gorgeous book here, but I wanted to do a little something special for this tour to help promote and celebrate this enchanting story.

The Storybook Knight centers around Leo, a cute little mouse who happens to love reading over swordplay and being a knight. Even when he is sent off to find fame and glory by his parents, he still manages to take some books with him. As he reluctantly sets off to find adventure, he starts to come across a variety of fearsome beasts.

Luckily, Leo is able to befriend them all by sharing with them a story. He uses his imagination to alter some of them to fit his needs. In the end, he is able to convince each of the creatures not to harm him. He also inspires them with his stories and books, and by doing so lights the joy of reading in their hearts.

I am so glad I was able to read this beautifully illustrated and charming story. There are some lovely lessons is this book, especially these:

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I highly recommend The Storybook Knight to anyone who loves beautifully detailed picture books with a strong and important lesson. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes stories with knights, dragons and a bit of silliness in them. A must read for lovers of reading and books.

I would like to thank Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for the beautiful finished copy they sent me in return for participating in the tour, and Netgalley for the e-ARC I was sent a few months ago in return for an honest review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR

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Helen Docherty has spent most of her career as a language teacher, most recently specializing in Spanish. Her website is helendocherty.com.

Thomas Docherty studied metalwork and sculpture at college before becoming an illustrator of children’s books. His website is thomasdocherty.co.uk.

Helen and Thomas live in Wales with their two young daughters.

Author / Illustrator Links:

Thomas Docherty: www.thomasdocherty.co.uk

Twitter: @TDIllustration

Helen Docherty: www.helendocherty.com

Twitter: @docherty_helen


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Children’s ARC Book Review: The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Children’s ARC Book Review: The Storybook Knight by Helen DochertyThe Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on October 16th 2016
Pages: 32
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Even dragons can’t resist a good story…
Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…


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The Storybook Knight is a charming tale about a little mouse named Leo who loved to read and was gentle “in thought, and word and deed”. His parents have other plans for him which include seeking glory, slaying a dragon and bringing home fame. They give Leo a sword and shield and send him off into the world, because though there is nothing wrong with reading, Leo can’t just do that.

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Before Leo departs, he packs away some books for his journey ahead, and on his mighty steed they set-off on their adventure. As Leo travels he encounters fearsome beasts: a Griffin, a Troll and finally a Dragon. Coming face to face with such dangerous creatures Leo thankfully stays safe by convincing them to let him read a book about themselves (“with some changes truth be told”) instead of fighting or gobbling him up. With clever thinking and entertaining tales, he conquers them with words and befriends them with his books.

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I absolutely LOVED this story. It has such a wonderful message about how books and stories can help us make friends and even avoid violence. It’s a powerful message also to parents who want to push their children to do something they want vs. what the child really loves. Aside from these valuable lessons, The Storybook Knight was very entertaining to read. It was written with nice fluid rhymes and the illustrations were bright and beautifully done. Definitely the kind of book that the reader would enjoy reading multiple times, and the listener would also enjoy listening to over and over.

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I loved little Leo from the start, he is just the kind of character that you immediately like. I also could see a little of my younger self in him (as I think many bookworms of all ages will too) and I too remember my family being concerned that I rather have my “nose in a book” than go play sports or do other “normal” kid activities. Besides Leo, the illustrations of The Storybook Knight really captivated me. They were detailed and really “POPPED” off the page. I definitely plan on adding The Storybook Knight to my ever expanding picture book collection once it is released this September 6th, and I highly recommend you do too.

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