Check it out: Dragons, Knights, and Castles: Part 1 books at the Brown County Library

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A lonely white mouse lends his name to the enchanting tale "Chopsticks," by Jon Berkeley. Chopsticks lives in the nooks and crannies of a grandiose floating restaurant in Hong Kong where he meets a most unlikely friend. On New Year's night, Chopsticks is stunned to learn that the ornate wooden dragon upon the restaurant's archway can speak. At first, Chopsticks distrusts the colossal creature, but finds himself enthralled as the dragon shares his wish to come alive so he can fly beneath the full moon. The entrancing song of the dragon's carver is the only thing that can bring the magnificent creature to life. Wanting to see the world with his wistful companion, our rodent hero sets off to find Old Fu, the retired woodcarver who created the dragon many years ago. Chopsticks learns the melody and plays it to the dragon on the next full moon. Glorious paintings capture the exhilaration and freedom as the valiant mouse and his winged companion soar over sparkling cities and fog-cocooned forests, returning in time for the dragon to transform back into a carving by dawn. A serene closing scene features the tiny mouse curled in the wooden dragon's mouth where the duo sleep by day, dreaming of the next moonlit tour. Lyrical language meets stunning artwork in this short, yet poetic, fable for ages 5-8.

Picture Books

"The End" by David LaRochelle

This fairytale begins "the end, where a princess and knight wave to a jubilant crowd beneath a scroll pronouncing 'and they all lived happily ever after.' A second banner declares, 'They lived happily ever after because?' Intriguing characters in the crowd of the opening scene include a blue-winged pig, a dragon, two giants, and dancing lemons. This unusual cast leads children on a backwards treasure hunt to find out how this scene came about. Richard Egielski's jolly yet eccentric illustrations of a topsy-turvy fairytale village all but guarantee that preschoolers will want to play "I Spy."

"How to be Friends with a Dragon" by Valeri Gorbachev

A little boy named Simon listens respectfully to his wise older sister Emma as she gives him a thorough list of rules to follow if one wants to successfully befriend a dragon. The rules range from providing a dragon with a hostess gift of flowers (if you are lucky enough to be invited to his or her castle) to not sticking a twig up a sleeping dragon's nostril no matter how tempting (this will lead to a fiery sneeze). Every facet of etiquette is covered, and Simon considers each suggestion carefully. When an enthusiastic-looking dragon sticks his head through his bedroom window, Simon decides some rules, such as "no swinging from the dragon's tail while in flight," are made to be broken. This sweetly silly story is perfect for dragon fans ages 3-6, who will no doubt take note of Emma's suggestions in case they are lucky enough to meet a dragon themselves.

"Adventures with Grandpa" by Rosemary Mastnak

"Argus" by Michelle Knudsen

"Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss

"The Best Pet of All" by David LaRochelle

"Boogie Knights" by Lisa Wheeler

"The Brave Little Seamstress" by Mary Pope Osborne

"The Bravest Knight" by Mercer Mayer

"East Dragon, West Dragon" by Robyn Eversole

"Elephant Joe, Brave Knight" by David Wotjowycz

"Chopsticks" by John Berkeley

"Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin

"The Emperor of Absurdia" by Chris Riddell

"Flight of the Last Dragon" by Robert Burleigh

"Giant John" by Arnold Lobel

"Good Knight" (series) by Shelley Moore Thomas

"I Am so Handsome" by Mario Ramos

"If I Had a Dragon" by Amanda Ellery

"King Arthur's Very Great Grandson" by Kenneth Kraegel

"King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" by Audrey Wood

"The King of Quizzical Island" by Gordon Snell

"The Kiss that Missed" by David Melling

"The Knight that Took all Day" by James Mayhew

"Night Knight" by Owen Davey

"Lovabye Dragon" by Barbara Joose

"Max's Castle" by Kate Banks

"Midsummer Knight" by Gregory Rogers

"Not Your Typical Dragon" by Dan Bar-El

"One Drowsy Dragon" by Ethan Long

"Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon" by Ute Krause

"Over at the Castle" by Boni Ashburn

"The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters" by Christoph Niemann

"Polo and the Dragon" (wordless) by Regis Faller

"The Princess Knight" by Cornelia Funke

"Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter Yarrow

"Sir Ryan's Quest" by Jason Deeble

"Snoring Beauty" by Bruce Hale

"Stardragon" by Andrew Breakspeare

"The Sunflower Sword" by Emily Gravett

"Tell Me a Dragon" by Jackie Morris

"There's No Such Thing as a Dragon" by Jack Kent

"When a Dragon Moves in" by Jodi Moore

"Where's the Dragon?" by Jason Hook

"Winnie's Midnight Dragon" by Valerie Thomas

"Yonderfel's Castle" by Jean Gralley

Beginning Readers

"Good Knight" (series) by Shelley Moore Thomas

This engaging series of beginning readers feature a kindly young knight, his trusty horse, and three mischievous (and under-attended) young dragons. "Good Night, Good Knight" introduces the good knight as he first meets the scaly trio, who cannot fall asleep without a variety of bedtime requests including stories, sips of water, and goodnight kisses. After sallying back and forth from the castle watchtower to the dragon's cave three times, the knight is ready for bed himself. Two further adventures are available in this level 2 beginning reader series as well as two picture books featuring the same endearing characters. The good knight is a role model of patience and nurturing to the demanding little dragons, much to the enchantment of readers/listeners ages 4-8.

"Defend the Castle" (LEGO) by Hannah Dolan

"Dragon Egg" by Mallory Loehr

"A Poor Excuse for a Dragon" by Geoffrey Hayes

"Sir Small and the Sea Monster" by Jane O'Connor

"The Stinky Giant" by Ellen Weiss

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