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The Resource Thomas and the dragon queen, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Lee Wildish

Thomas and the dragon queen, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Lee Wildish

Label
Thomas and the dragon queen
Title
Thomas and the dragon queen
Statement of responsibility
story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Lee Wildish
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When the princess is kidnapped by a dragon queen, thirteen-year-old Thomas, a new--and very small--squire-in-training boldly sets out on a quest to rescue her
Storyline
Tone
Character
Review
  • Grades 3-5 The son of a leathersmith, 12-year-old Thomas dreams of knighthood, a remote prospect for a small boy who spends his days minding his eight younger siblings. A chance encounter leads him to the castle, where he trains as a squire and becomes a knight when a champion is needed to rescue Princess Eleanor from a dragon. He shows courage and resourcefulness during his difficult journey and defeats a legendary monster, though he loses nearly all of his possessions. In the dragon’s lair, he discovers that neither his quest nor his peril nor his strength is what he expected. Although the many likable characters are not fully developed, they serve the story well, dramatizing that the qualities, objects, and positions that seem most valuable are not always the most important ones. Black-and-white illustrations capture the tone of the storytelling. A refreshing antidote to the tired fractured-fairy-tale genre, this good-hearted chapter book delivers an adventure that many young readers will enjoy. A fine choice for those early elementary-school students seeking longer chapter books. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 07-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 21, p61)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 3 – 5 — In this medieval tale, pint-size Thomas, 12, finds that he has been elevated from squire to knight against all odds. To put it simply, he's too young, tiny, and inexperienced for such an important position. He can't even hold a proper sword. Yet the king has requested that he liberate the princess from the clutches of the feared dragon queen: all the big knights are off battling the enemy. Thomas sets off on old Bartholomew the donkey because he's too short for a horse. He learns that he must defeat a monster along the way, one that has sent many a good warrior to his grave. In a quest that is full of peril and adventure, Thomas must face everyone's worst nightmare: Does he have what it takes? This endearing story is both heartwarming and full of surprises. Thomas learns that a boy cannot be judged by his size or his intentions, but by the decisions he makes and the trials he must overcome. What sets this story apart from other knightly tales are the unusual size of the hero, the tools—or lack of tools—he has for fighting evil, and the delightful events awaiting him once he finds the princess. Expressive illustrations, many of them spreads, accompany each chapter. Memorable characters enrich the realm by giving purpose to the hero's ordeal. This is a must-read.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL --Robyn Gioia (Reviewed August 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 8, p72)
  • Small in stature yet stout of heart, Thomas leaves his large, loving family to be a page in the King's Company. When his peers at the castle mock him for his size and lack of abilities, the 12-year-old becomes more determined than ever to prove his mettle and earn his knighthood. After two years of training, the king knights Thomas and sends him on a perilous quest to rescue his daughter, who has been abducted by an allegedly fearsome dragon queen. Crum's (Thunder-Boomer!) adventure kicks into high gear as Thomas sets off for the dragon's remote island. En route the earnest boy overcomes his self-doubt about his skills and bravery to slay a vicious sea monster. The tale's tone lightens appreciably when Thomas reaches the dragon queen's island, where the kidnapped princess has been put to work as nursemaid to the unexpectedly benign beast's brood of endearing "dragonlets." Wildish's (Jacob O'Reilly Wants a Pet) high-spirited b&w cartoons enhance the ample action and humor of this taut fantasy, which culminates in Thomas's triumphant homecoming. Ages 7–10. (July) --Staff (Reviewed June 21, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 24, p)
  • A teenage knight sets out to rescue a princess kidnapped by a dragon and discovers that compromise will (sometimes) solve more problems than violence. So eager is Crum to make this worthy point, however, that she's neglected to embed it in a tale that has much to offer beyond trite story elements and scenes more described than experienced. Stout heart beating in a pipsqueak body, Thomas rises speedily from leatherworker's son to Knight of the Realm, then borrows a donkey to chase after the dragon who has seized the aging King's only daughter. Along the way, Thomas loses his sword, donkey and much of his clothing, reaching the dragon's lair to discover that Princess Eleanor was taken to be nanny to a gang of cute-as-puppies dragon hatchlings. Being the eldest of ten siblings, Thomas expertly lands a hand—and as courage, honesty and courtesy are his only remaining "weapons," the dragonlings' huge mom obligingly limits herself to the same for their climactic competition. Fans of Gerald Morris's similar tales of knightly morality will find this one disappointingly thin. (Fantasy. 10-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
365315
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crum, Shutta
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 007-010
  • 770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.C888288
LC item number
Tg 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wildish, Lee
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Princesses
  • Dragons
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Princesses
  • Dragons
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Thomas and the dragon queen, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Lee Wildish
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
786794
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9780375857034
Lccn
2009053821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780375857034
Label
Thomas and the dragon queen, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Lee Wildish
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
786794
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9780375857034
Lccn
2009053821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780375857034

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