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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 Award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations brilliantly capture the rich childhood imagination of this exciting and brave adventure starring knights and dragons and all kinds of scary monsters. Brave King Jack and his friends Zak and the baby Caspar build a mighty fort complete with throne, flag and draw bridge. They need to keep safe; giants are prowling outside and there are monstrously frightening great beasts in the woods...A glorious celebration of the joy of imaginative play.
Night is falling, bedtime is looming and playtime is nearly over ...but brave King Jack is more than a match for dragons and terrible beasties. This magical make-believe adventure, illustrated by picture book star Helen Oxenbury, is the perfect bedtime tale for little boys and brave children everywhere.
Helen Oxenbury says: "I read many texts each year and I know immediately whether I would like to illustrate them or not. King Jack was one of those instant decisions. Strong characters and a good romping story line that includes humour, adventure, fear, uncertainty, and finally, relief, comfort and security - what more could a young person ask for in a story? What more could I ask for! Peter Bently very kindly left me to illustrate his lovely story in my own way.”
Peter Bently adds: "The book was inspired by my own son Theo, who is the real "King Jack" of the story. He and his friends and his little sister Tara used to make dens in the garden and even tried sleeping out in them - with varying degrees of success! Like Jack, he often found the prospect a little less appealing once darkness had fallen and all the familiar human daytime noises had given way to the rustlings and scuttlings and squawkings of the night. Helen Oxenbury's wonderful illustrations literally drew gasps of delight when my family first saw them. They convey all the charm, innocence and imagination of childhood, and King Jack and his friends are beautifully characterised."
'..this rhyming story perfectly captures the sheer energy of unsupervised play and also how quickly the mood can change. The gentle, reassuring tone coupled with Oxenbury’s gorgeously expressive illustrations make it perfect for bedtime.' Sally Morris, Mail Online
|Publication date:||1st September 2011|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
A World Book Day Author 2019 Peter Bently grew up in an army family and went to ten different schools. He studied languages at Oxford and worked as a journalist and non-fiction book editor before becoming a children's author when his own two children were very small. He is the author of more than sixty books, including The Great Dog Bottom Swap (illustrated by Mei Matsuoka); Cats Ahoy! (illustrated by Jim Field), which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize; and King Jack and the Dragon (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury), an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It was ...More About Peter Bently
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