The Storybook Knight

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$17.99  $16.73
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date
10.1 X 11.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Docherty studied metalwork and sculpture at college before becoming an illustrator of children's book. He lives in Bristol, England with his wife and co-author Helen and their two young daughters. His website is
Thomas Docherty is Professor of English at Warwick University. He has published on most areas of English and comparative literature from the renaissance to the present day. He specializes in the philosophy of literary criticism, in critical theory, and in cultural history in relation primarily to European philosophy and literatures. Some of his previous publications include John Donne Undone (Methuen/Routledge, 1986), Postmodernism (Harvester/Columbia UP, 1993), Aesthetic Democracy (Stanford UP, 2006) and The English Question (Sussex Academic, 2008).


"The Storybook Knight is not only about the power of books, but a book that teaches children to stand up for what they love. The funny and heartwarming illustrations full of details are the perfect addition to the meaningful story." - The Reading Castle
"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. " - The Plot Bunny
"Helen Docherty's breezy rhyming and Thomas Docherty's lighthearted, imaginative cartooning make this a sweet, fresh take on the typical reading-is-fun tale, while also slyly nodding to our culture of personal celebrity." - Publishers Weekly
"This book is perfect for bookworm parents to read to their children...I loved the messages - both solving problems without fighting and the joy of reading. " - Mom's Radius
"I absolutely LOVE this book for children. First of all, the message. The message! The moral of the story here is this: you do not need to fight to get what you want accomplished, you can use your brain. " - The Book Collective
"Though very different, "The Storybook Knight" reminds me a lot of "Giraffe's Can't Dance." There's a timeless quality to it that will appeal to parents and children alike." - Cracking the Cover
"My smile kept getting bigger and bigger as I read this beautifully written and illustrated tale. This is a great story to read morning, noon or night!" - YA Book Divas
"While it is fun and exciting read the book is mellow enough to enjoy it as a bedtime story." - Vimaneaa
"Truly a delightful picture book for both adults and children! My grandson loves this one for the rhyming that lends itself to some fantastic reading aloud. " - The Novel Life
"I really like how this book doesn't condone that you need to fight to be brave and to solve your problems. That you can use a book (and your smarts) and find a solution. Also, I like that it shows that books bring people (or creatures!) together!" - Reading with Cupcakes
"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.
" - So Few Books
"The Storybook Knight celebrates the power of the written word, which Leo uses to defeat the beasts he comes across as opposed to his mighty sword. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by Thomas Docherty, The Storybook Knight is a must-read for children and adults alike.
" - The Novel Orange
"I absolutely love that our main character, Leo, is a reader. I don't think I've ever felt so attached to a picture book character before." - Lazy Day Literature
"There are delightful spreads done in acrylic ink and watercolor that pair beautifully with the rhyming stanzas. The characters' voices are distinct and beg to be read aloud. VERDICT A recommended purchase for all collections and perfect for storytime, bedtime, or anytime.
" - School Library Journal
"The last page says it all, "He doesn't have to fight at all. He's left in peace - to read." And all the evil characters are turned into docile readers. Lesson learned. The enchanting and colorful illustrations make this a most engaging and fun picture book." - BookSmart Kids
"This book is funny and has fun pictures. The knight is a little mouse, so it is funny that he is the one that is supposed to go fight the dragon. - Raif, Age 6" - Kids Book Buzz
"A plot summary doesn't do justice to the childlike charm and wit of this colorful picture book. The rhythmic, rhyming stanzas roll along at a good pace, and the dialogue offers potential for crowd-pleasing dramatic interpretation in read-aloud sessions. " - Booklist
"There are not enough words to express how excellent this children's book is. The writing/illustrating duo of Helen and Thomas Doherty, who were behind The Snatchabook, bring this gentle tale about a knight and his books." - Jason Stanley
"THE STORYBOOK KNIGHT is a fantastic adventure, probably more suited for kiddos 4 and up. I truly believe they'll enjoy each and every bit of the story, and there's always some new piece to catch every time you go through the artwork. " - Addicted 2 Novels
"This book is especially beneficial for the young bookworms of the world who may get (wrongfully) judged or teased for being bookish. It's a truly delightful read that both parent and child will enjoy. Highly recommend!" - The Literary Hedonist
"In an homage to reading that also recalls The Story of Ferdinand, the power of words is extolled in rhyme... A sweet tale about the power of story, just right for nascent fans of Redwall." - Kirkus Reviews