Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Sword in the Stove by Frank Dormer - NO

Dormer, Frank W. The Sword in the Stove.  PICTURE BOOK.  Atheneum (Simon), 2016.  Content: PG (knights roasted).

The story starts out with one knight holding himself and running for the bathroom.  The other knights gather to cook dinner, disappointed that they didn’t find a dragon to kill that day.  To their chagrin, they find first a sword, and then a shield, and even a helmet in the stove. 

SPOILERS:  You definitely have to have a quirky, macabre sense of humor to enjoy the dragon bragging about how he roasted Harold at 350 degrees after he flame roasts the other two knights for dessert.  As much as I enjoy the illustrations, I am not as sold on the actual story.

EL (K-3) – NOT RECOMMENDED.  Cindy, Library teacher

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