Knights vs. Dinosaurs


Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
6.3 X 8.3 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Matt Phelan's black-and-white illustrations first appeared in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. His picture books include The New Girl...and Me and Two of a Kind, both written by Jacqui Robbins. Matt lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


"All the glorious mashing and bashing leads to awesome feats aplenty. ...Phelan endows the all-white human cast with finely drawn, eloquently expressive faces but otherwise works in a loose, movement-filled style, pitting his clanking crew against an almost nonstop onslaught of toothy monsters...Epic--in plot, not length--and as wise and wonderful as Gerald Morris' Arthurian exploits."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Phelan crafts a lighthearted romp of an adventure sure to please readers looking for a chapter book full of both action and humor. ...Pen-and-ink spot art and full-page illustrations, as well as intermittent comic-style sequential art, bring the swordplay action to the forefront and keep the tone light enough for the book's young audience."--The Horn Book
"In a highly illustrated chapter book, four braggart knights and one underappreciated squire off against dinosaurs, all while learning about teamwork and honesty. ...As the time-traveling knights try to fight their way back to their true place in time, plot twists reveal the heroes' true identifiers, adding depth to this hilarious slapstick romp."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Comedic...Phelan's black and white art moves effectively from goofy portraitures and spot illustrations to speedy panels and dramatic full spreads, matching the humor and/or action of the plot."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This rollicking story is suspenseful and silly. . . .double-page, comic book-like spreads that even reluctant readers will enjoy. Themes of teamwork and feminism emerge, making this an excellent choice for all readers."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Whether jousting with a triceratops or facing down a T-rex, [squire] Mel should come with a halo: She's thoughtful, sensitive, and wise. ...Drawn deftly, lightly."--New York Times Book Review
"Catnip for kids...absurdly entertaining. ...Gender stereotypes and egos are challenged along with dinosaurs, giving readers a spectacular book that's victorious on all fronts."--ALA Booklist (starred review)