Knighthood for Beginners

by Elys Dolan

Reading Age: 7-11

Interest level: 6-11

by Elys Dolan

Dave the dragon is terrible at being a dragon - as in, awful at feasting on villagers, bad at setting things on fire and disinterested in hoarding gems. He’s even bad at knitting (which is a pastime all dragon’s enjoy by Dragon Lore). But when Dave finds a book (he does have a thing about reading, inspired by his Great Aunt Maud who was a librarian - yes, even dragons need librarians) on being a knight, he realises his true path and sets out to achieve it. 

 

This brilliantly illustrated and truly hilarious yarn is author/illustrator Elys Dolan’s first chapter book, but you may know her from her equally amusing picture books, such as Weasels. This book will make a fabulous first chapter book for a child to read alone. It is also a real laugh to read out loud, particularly the words spoken by Dave’s ‘trusty steed’ Albrecht.

 

Publisher: Oxford University Press

About the author

  • Elys Dolan

    Elys Dolan is the author and illustrator of Weasels. Elys grew up in a part of Sussex, England that consists almost entirely of trees and cows and she was named after a department store in Wimbledon, London. She’s never let either of these things hold her back and Elys recently graduated with distinction from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. In recent time, Elys has been awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize and was also shortlisted for the Waterstone’s ‘Picture This’ prize.Elys works predominately with ink, newfangled digital witchcraft and coloured pencils of which she is the proud owner of 178 but can never seem to find a sharpener.  Based in Cambridge, when Elys is not drawing she grows cacti, collects pocket watches and spends altogether too much time in the company of other illustrators.

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