I absolutely love this book! I am a big fan of books and reading in general, and I have a special affinity for a good children’s book. But this one definitely exceeded anything that I expected.
It has all the key elements of a great story: adventure, rhyming cadence, a knight in shining armor, a dragon and other fearsome beasts, gifts of books, etc.
The small details - such as the pictures of the beasts in the stories that Leo reads to them - really made each scene seen unique and authentic.
Despite his parents sending him out into the world (well equipped with a wooden sword, I might add) to make a name for himself as a famous knight, Leo is not at all interested in fighting. Instead, he wins over all the monsters with no violence at all. He even tames a dragon well enough to get him to clean up the mess he has made of a town. (Even dragons can’t resist a good story…) Leo accomplishes all of this simply by sharing stories with the creatures that he encounters, usually stories about creatures like themselves (with some changes, truth be told).
In the end, his parents are forced to admit that knowledge and friendship have won out over brawn. And so they leave Leo alone to read his books -- with all of the new-found friends he met along his journey!
I received a free copy of this book from Sourcebooks, as part of their kickoff blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.
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