Prince & Knight
Written by Daniel Haack.
Illustrated by Stevie Lewis.
Six Word Summary: So heartwarming! Need to make more!
Blurb: In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.
“Thank you,” he told his parents.
“I appreciate that you tried,
but I’m looking for something special
in a partner by my side.”
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.
While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along.
Length: 40 pages.
Read as a: Hardcover.
My Thoughts: As an adult reader, I found this picture book to be adorable and heartwarming. The story of Prince & Knight is simple, sweet, and very much a classic fairy tale: Prince looks for partner, prince fails, prince goes to fight dragon, prince meets knight, prince falls in love.
*steps onto soapbox.
I cannot stress how important books like Prince & Knight are as it is so important to include diversity in children’s books. I’m not just talking about QUILTBAG characters and themes, but also racial diversity. Its not enough to have background characters (although they are great, don’t get me wrong) but we need main characters, we need stories that normalise, that don’t teach children to notice the ‘other.’
*steps off soapbox.
The art of Prince & Knight is beautiful! When I read picture books, I tend to sit my partner down and I read it out aloud, and with Prince & Knight, there were many times were I stopped and just took in the art on the page. Honestly. the page with the Prince and the Knight at the fountain just made me so happy – it’s so beautiful! Put simply, Lewis has such a pretty art style and it fit so well with the story.
Recommendations: I would really recommend this to every parent. Not only is the book a positive representation but it is a cute and entertaining one. There is action, there is romance, and there is a (spoiler alert) happy ending.
If your child likes action, dragons, once upon a times, princes, and magical far off lands, then Prince & Knight is for you.