Book Review: Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight

Rating: ★★★★☆

This sequel to The Tale of Custard the Dragon charms the reader with more of Nash’s matchless rhyme.  This is another tale of genuine courage expressed in a time of need by a habitually mild, timid “little pet dragon.” In this story, Belinda is kidnapped by an evil knight, and it is up to Custard to rescue her from his evil lair.

As in the first book, Nash’s ironic, tongue-in-cheek hilarity is complemented by Munsinger’s whimsical artwork.  If told with a serious way, the story might be frightening to sensitive children, but the peppy, poetic rhythm and lighthearted images do much to lighten the potentially sinister mood.  If your kids liked the original, this is sure to be a hit.

This book is unfortunately out of print, but is widely available on the used book market.  There is also another edition illustrated by Linell Nash Smith, but it appears to be an expensive collector’s item.

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Publication Information: Nash, Ogden. Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight. Munsinger, Lynn (Illustrator). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 1999. ISBN: 0316599050.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on September 24, 2012

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