Knights vs. Dinosaurs

Knights vs. Dinosaurs

Renowned for their courage, their chivalry, and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the Knights of the Round Table must face their most dangerous opponents yet—DINOSAURS!This heavily illustrated middle grade novel from award-winning author and artist Matt Phelan is a hilarious, rip-roaring tale of derring-do perfect for reluctant readers and fans of How to Train You...

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Knights vs. Dinosaurs Reviews

  • Tasha

    King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table love to tell tall tales of their adventures, but they are all lies. There just aren’t enough mythical beasts for them to battle. When Sir Erec brags that he’d slain forty dragons, he knew that he’d pushed the storytelling too far. It caught Merlin’s attention and Merlin suggested that Sir Erec, Sir Bors, Sir Hector and the Black Knight explore one particular cave. As they did so, along with Bors’ brave squire, they are transported back in time to when din

    King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table love to tell tall tales of their adventures, but they are all lies. There just aren’t enough mythical beasts for them to battle. When Sir Erec brags that he’d slain forty dragons, he knew that he’d pushed the storytelling too far. It caught Merlin’s attention and Merlin suggested that Sir Erec, Sir Bors, Sir Hector and the Black Knight explore one particular cave. As they did so, along with Bors’ brave squire, they are transported back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Now there were more than enough “dragons” to battle! But they may just prove to be too much for our hearty knights. The question becomes who would win in a battle, a knight or a dinosaur?

    Phelan clearly has had a ball writing this book. It is filled with jaunty references to King Arthur’s court and has a humor that children will love. The knights have distinct personalities from one another and beautifully grate on one-another’s nerves. The knights enter a world of real peril where Phelan creates moment after moment of battles, dangers and sword-swinging good times.

    There are a couple of reveals here that invite young women to see themselves as knights too. In fact, the female knight completely rocks! The dinosaurs who battle one another with a joyous abandon add so much to the tale, something that dinosaur fans will love to see. The book has illustrations sprinkled throughout, breaking up the text for young readers.

    A boisterous, battle-filled book that will appeal to young knights and young dinosaur experts and anyone looking for a good read. Appropriate for ages 6-9.

  • Stephanie

    This was 100% the perfect book for me to share with my 10-year-old. Four knights from King Arthur's court (one of them the mysteriously silent Black Knight and the other three massively boastful but useless) get sent back to dinosaur times by Merlin to teach them all a lesson - and the results are genuinely hilarious. The book is full of fantastic dinosaur/knight action sequences that had both of us laughing like mad, along with surprising sweetness in the development of a real created family. T

    This was 100% the perfect book for me to share with my 10-year-old. Four knights from King Arthur's court (one of them the mysteriously silent Black Knight and the other three massively boastful but useless) get sent back to dinosaur times by Merlin to teach them all a lesson - and the results are genuinely hilarious. The book is full of fantastic dinosaur/knight action sequences that had both of us laughing like mad, along with surprising sweetness in the development of a real created family. There are some really funny graphic-novel sequences scattered throughout, and some wonderful character moments.

    About 15% of the way through, I thought it was all great except that there weren't ANY female characters. Because I know I have friends here who also aren't fans of all-male adventures - without giving away any spoilers, I just want to reassure you guys that by 25% of the way through, those proportions had seriously changed in some really fabulous ways and this became a five-star book for me. It also got the HIGHEST POSSIBLE mark of approval from my 10-year-old, who not only took turns reading the book out loud with me, but - when I was too busy to keep going - snuck it off to read by himself because he COULD NOT WAIT to find out what happened next!

    (And then later I went back and read those bits, too, because I needed to find out, too!)

    We both laughed a lot throughout, the ending made me really happy - and my 5-y-o overheard us reading the last few chapters and demanded that I read it to him next!

  • Martha

    I just finished reading this swashbuckling adventure of knights of the round table battling instead of dragons, surprise dinosaurs! After the knights gather to report to King Arthur their brave feats, especially the 40 dragons Sir Erec reported vanquishing, Merlin dangles a quest. The quest is to slay the Terrible Lizard. Instantly regretting his bragging, Sir Erec has no choice but to accept. Of course all of the other knights compete for this challenge too, and thus begins the expedition to fi

    I just finished reading this swashbuckling adventure of knights of the round table battling instead of dragons, surprise dinosaurs! After the knights gather to report to King Arthur their brave feats, especially the 40 dragons Sir Erec reported vanquishing, Merlin dangles a quest. The quest is to slay the Terrible Lizard. Instantly regretting his bragging, Sir Erec has no choice but to accept. Of course all of the other knights compete for this challenge too, and thus begins the expedition to find dangerous creatures the knights must conquer. Told with humor, surprising twists and turns, and page flying high action battles, this is a title I can't wait to hand out to our kids looking for an exciting tale. Especially one with loads of paneled illustrations beautifully depicted in ink to ignite their imaginations and increase the pleasure this story brings. I love the combination of knights and dinosaurs so original, quite brilliant.

  • Mary

    As you can tell from the 4 stars I gave this book, I really enjoyed it! It was fast-paced, funny, and filled with Phelan's quiet and amazing illustrations. This books follows four knights of Sir Arthur's Round Table on a quest to defeat a terrible monster. Merlin sends these four knights, and squire Mel, to a time when dinosaurs roamed. We see many different dinosaurs, some which lived at different times, but Merlin explains at the end that this was done to add more excitement. An underlining po

    As you can tell from the 4 stars I gave this book, I really enjoyed it! It was fast-paced, funny, and filled with Phelan's quiet and amazing illustrations. This books follows four knights of Sir Arthur's Round Table on a quest to defeat a terrible monster. Merlin sends these four knights, and squire Mel, to a time when dinosaurs roamed. We see many different dinosaurs, some which lived at different times, but Merlin explains at the end that this was done to add more excitement. An underlining point to this story is that when you work together to accomplish something, or defeat a monster, you will have more success than if you tried to do it alone. The other reason I really enjoyed this book is I can see myself handing this to patrons and them also enjoying it. I am excited to see the final illustrations, and with the ending I know I'll get to see more adventures of these knights!

  • Melanie Dulaney

    What a great book for the 3rd through 6th grade crowd, especially for those wanting (or requiring) a shorter chapter book. Knights vs. Dinosaurs offers plenty of excellent black and drawings to augment the exciting tale of 4 knights and a squire off to slay dragons, ah, terrible lizards, making it a promising pick for the reluctant to read students. Terrific tale for those who enjoy action-adventure, a bit of magic, and plenty of clashing weaponry but without a bunch of blood and gore. Readers o

    What a great book for the 3rd through 6th grade crowd, especially for those wanting (or requiring) a shorter chapter book. Knights vs. Dinosaurs offers plenty of excellent black and drawings to augment the exciting tale of 4 knights and a squire off to slay dragons, ah, terrible lizards, making it a promising pick for the reluctant to read students. Terrific tale for those who enjoy action-adventure, a bit of magic, and plenty of clashing weaponry but without a bunch of blood and gore. Readers of both genders will find plenty to enjoy with this one as several key characters are female and who doesn’t love a good tale of Merlin and King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table? I will be adding this Matt Phelan book to one of my orders for Fall and am certain that it will be widely circulated. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss!

  • Paul  Hankins

    When the bravado of one knight gets the better of him at the Round Table, a new story of daring and danger unfolds.

    No spoilers here, but friends in the business will really want to think through who this book is for by way of recommending and for independent reading.

    Journey back to Camelot in this humorous story of a group of knights challenged by Merlin to seek out the most terrible lizard of them all.

    The mix of text, illustrations, and graphic novel/panel inserts make for a fluid reading of

    When the bravado of one knight gets the better of him at the Round Table, a new story of daring and danger unfolds.

    No spoilers here, but friends in the business will really want to think through who this book is for by way of recommending and for independent reading.

    Journey back to Camelot in this humorous story of a group of knights challenged by Merlin to seek out the most terrible lizard of them all.

    The mix of text, illustrations, and graphic novel/panel inserts make for a fluid reading of the story.

  • Lynn

    Absurd fun for the 2nd-5th set and kids looking for short chapter books. Kids will love being on the inside of the joke and knowing more than the knights!

    In King Arthur's court, the bored knights mostly fight among themselves or invent battles to boast about because real battles are pretty scarce. When Erec carries the exaggeration a bit too far, Merlin challenges him to take on a "terrible lizard" and some of his fellow knights join in the quest. Merlin send the unsuspecting group back to a tim

    Absurd fun for the 2nd-5th set and kids looking for short chapter books. Kids will love being on the inside of the joke and knowing more than the knights!

    In King Arthur's court, the bored knights mostly fight among themselves or invent battles to boast about because real battles are pretty scarce. When Erec carries the exaggeration a bit too far, Merlin challenges him to take on a "terrible lizard" and some of his fellow knights join in the quest. Merlin send the unsuspecting group back to a time of dinosaurs and the battle is on!

    Lots of comic silliness ensues but there are is also a gender role theme and a wonderful pointed jab at the value of actually reading the book sent along. Lots of illustrations including action panels make this a great choice for fans of graphic novels or needing short chapter books with plenty of clues.

    Read in galley and am really eager to see the finished copy. Looks like there is to be some back matter on the various dinosaurs along with a note saying these various species of dinosaurs didn't all live at the same time.

  • Robin

    It's fun to read well-written children's fiction like this and when I saw that Matt Phelan had a new one, I requested the ARC but didn't get to it before the book was published. Just finished it and I can't wait to give this book to a child reader at the library. The plot? Knights of the Round Table battle dinosaurs! What more could you ask for?!

  • Amy

    I picked up this book thinking it would be an excellent read aloud for my 6-year old and after the first chapter, he lost interest and didn't want to come back to it. This is a book that should appeal in every way to children...knights, dinosaurs, battles, etc. but instead everything falls flat and seems awkward. I finished the book but quite frankly, I found it difficult to get through and was bored. Disappointment!

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