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Knights vs. Dinosaurs

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Renowned for their courage, their chivalry, and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the Knights of the Round Table must face their most dangerous opponents yet—DINOSAURS!

This heavily illustrated middle grade novel from award-winning author and artist Matt Phelan is a hilarious, rip-roaring tale of derring-do perfect for reluctant readers and fans of How to Train You
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Greenwillow
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    Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: childrens-books
    King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table love to tell tall tales of their adventures, but they are all lies. There just aren’t enough mythical beasts for them to battle. When Sir Erec brags that he’d slain forty dragons, he knew that he’d pushed the storytelling too far. It caught Merlin’s attention and Merlin suggested that Sir Erec, Sir Bors, Sir Hector and the Black Knight explore one particular cave. As they did so, along with Bors’ brave squire, they are transported back in time to when din ...more
    Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This was 100% the perfect book for me to share with my 10-year-old. Four knights from King Arthur's court (one of them the mysteriously silent Black Knight and the other three massively boastful but useless) get sent back to dinosaur times by Merlin to teach them all a lesson - and the results are genuinely hilarious. The book is full of fantastic dinosaur/knight action sequences that had both of us laughing like mad, along with surprising sweetness in the development of a real created family. T ...more
    Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Absurd fun for the 2nd-5th set and kids looking for short chapter books. Kids will love being on the inside of the joke and knowing more than the knights!

    In King Arthur's court, the bored knights mostly fight among themselves or invent battles to boast about because real battles are pretty scarce. When Erec carries the exaggeration a bit too far, Merlin challenges him to take on a "terrible lizard" and some of his fellow knights join in the quest. Merlin send the unsuspecting group back to a tim
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I just finished reading this swashbuckling adventure of knights of the round table battling instead of dragons, surprise dinosaurs! After the knights gather to report to King Arthur their brave feats, especially the 40 dragons Sir Erec reported vanquishing, Merlin dangles a quest. The quest is to slay the Terrible Lizard. Instantly regretting his bragging, Sir Erec has no choice but to accept. Of course all of the other knights compete for this challenge too, and thus begins the expedition to fi ...more
    Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: childrens
    As you can tell from the 4 stars I gave this book, I really enjoyed it! It was fast-paced, funny, and filled with Phelan's quiet and amazing illustrations. This books follows four knights of Sir Arthur's Round Table on a quest to defeat a terrible monster. Merlin sends these four knights, and squire Mel, to a time when dinosaurs roamed. We see many different dinosaurs, some which lived at different times, but Merlin explains at the end that this was done to add more excitement. An underlining po ...more
    Melanie Dulaney
    What a great book for the 3rd through 6th grade crowd, especially for those wanting (or requiring) a shorter chapter book. Knights vs. Dinosaurs offers plenty of excellent black and drawings to augment the exciting tale of 4 knights and a squire off to slay dragons, ah, terrible lizards, making it a promising pick for the reluctant to read students. Terrific tale for those who enjoy action-adventure, a bit of magic, and plenty of clashing weaponry but without a bunch of blood and gore. Readers o ...more
    Paul  Hankins
    When the bravado of one knight gets the better of him at the Round Table, a new story of daring and danger unfolds.

    No spoilers here, but friends in the business will really want to think through who this book is for by way of recommending and for independent reading.

    Journey back to Camelot in this humorous story of a group of knights challenged by Merlin to seek out the most terrible lizard of them all.

    The mix of text, illustrations, and graphic novel/panel inserts make for a fluid reading of
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
    I picked up this book thinking it would be an excellent read aloud for my 6-year old and after the first chapter, he lost interest and didn't want to come back to it. This is a book that should appeal in every way to children...knights, dinosaurs, battles, etc. but instead everything falls flat and seems awkward. I finished the book but quite frankly, I found it difficult to get through and was bored. Disappointment!
    Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    It's fun to read well-written children's fiction like this and when I saw that Matt Phelan had a new one, I requested the ARC but didn't get to it before the book was published. Just finished it and I can't wait to give this book to a child reader at the library. The plot? Knights of the Round Table battle dinosaurs! What more could you ask for?!
    Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: middle-grades
    Humor in each chapter of this story. Four knights are challenged by Merlin after the bragging gets out of hand at court. They need to face the Terrible Lizards. His magic takes them to the time of dinosaurs and they learn to work together to survive.
    Middle grades will enjoy the story and the illustrations.
    Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2018, b-b, children-s
    Just plain good fun and pretty much what the title sounds like... but sneaks in some themes about teamwork, boasting, and having a proper awe for nature's creations. A quick read, but requires a good vocabulary and some background knowledge.
    Melissa Mcavoy
    Humorous, illustrated fiction: several of King Arthur's Knights are sent on a quest by Merlin. When they wind up visiting a land in which dinosaurs still roam they must adapt. Fast paced, battle rich fun with a few twists.
    Meag McKeron
    Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
    A solid adventure tale, with plenty of humor thrown in, too. The combination of text and graphics make it a good choice for kids who are reluctant to put down the graphic novels - all of the action should still hold their interest!
    Munro's Kids
    May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This was completely ridiculous, but lots of fun. King Arthur's knights don't have enough to do, so spend too much of their time fighting each other and lying about all the dragons they've slain. An annoyed Merlin decides to teach them a lesson and sends them on a quest... to fight dinosaurs! Sillyness abounds as the knights bicker, reveal hidden identities, and eventually team up to brawl all your famous dinosaurs (I appreciated the afterward which acknowledged that these dinosaurs did not actua ...more
    Kristy McRae
    Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I scored an advance galley of this one for my son, and we both loved it! Fast-paced adventure, with just the right amount of humor. Along with the terrific illustrations, it was a win all around.
    Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Great fun!
    Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Fun to flip through, cute illustrations, but I thought it was called knights AND dinosaurs (I don't like when the dinos are the bad guys) so I was a little sad, I guess.
    Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was a cute, quick read for children. I would probably say that 12 is a little old for this book, but, heck, I read it so they might enjoy it as well.
    Cynthia Parkhill
    With the irresistible lure that dinosaurs hold for some of my readers, this book seems a good fit for my library. #GoodreadsGiveaway ends July 20.
    Sarah N
    A goofy and lighthearted romp - as one might expect from the title. The black and white sketches add an extra dash of fun along the way.
    Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Read this in e-galley form and would like to see finished book. Totally entertaining story of a bunch of medieval knights, bored in a time of peace, who are taught a lesson by Merlin when they are sent back to the time of dinosaurs. Super-fun, and completely different from other stuff by this author. Can't wait to share with my 7yo.
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    Matt Phelan made his illustrating debut with Betty G. Birney’s The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). Since then he has illustrated many picture books and novels for young readers, including Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli (Dial), Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle (Harcourt), and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Simon & Schuster) winner of the 2007 Ne ...more
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