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Sir Dancealot by Timothy Knapman & Keith Robinson

Sir Dancealot is a knight who doesn’t fight in a traditional way. He dances. His track record is pretty impressive and he’s feared all over the land. But then he is challenged by a dragon who has learnt to dance…

The Story: Sir Dancealot has an unusual way of fighting monsters and dragons – he dances them into submission! But one winter’s day a dragon appears – a dragon who has specifically learnt to dance so that he can beat Sir Dancealot. To make things more difficult the dance fight takes place on the frozen castle moat. Has Sir Dancealot finally met his match? Or can he find a way to beat the dragon?

Ballet, boogie, conga, rumba, rock ‘n’ roll, waltz are no problem for Sir Dancealot. But dancing on ice is a challenge and he’s worried about slipping and sliding. The easy to read rhyming text is perfect for this story and we love the descriptions of the ice dancing as the two characters dance towards danger, an amusing twist and a heartwarming ending.

Keith Robinson’s illustrations perfectly complement the easy to read rhyming text. We love all the different dragons and monsters and the variety of dance scenes. The midnight blue cover has a wonderfully tactile, shiny title and is covered in sparkly silver stars. Sir Dancealot’s armour also sparkles as does the glitter ball hanging from the ceiling.

This energetic rhyming picture book with its original main character is really fun to read aloud and will appeal to all readers that love to dance. After reading the story younger children could be encouraged to learn to express themselves through dance. They could be introduced to different kinds of dance music and make up their own dances – it’s a fun five minute activity which gets a child moving. I often played different types of music to my Early Years pupils and even the most reluctant of them became more enthusiastic dancers once they lost their inhibitions 🙂

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Timothy Knapman / Illustrator: Keith Robinson

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8 responses to “Sir Dancealot by Timothy Knapman & Keith Robinson”

  1. Louise avatar

    That sounds like a fun book. I like the idea of a knight who wins over dragons by dancing them into submission. The illustrations look good too. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really fun concept 🙂

  2. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a cute story. I love that the hero dances instead of fighting. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      The dance fight scenes are my favourite. They’re so full of energy 🙂

  3. Carol avatar

    I love this story! I’m a dancer from way back and the “dance fight” is so fun. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      The dance fight is brilliantly written – so much energy 🙂

  4. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    We love rhyming picture books! Sir Dancealot looks like a lovely book filled with super fun characters. Beautifully illustrated too. 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      The rhyme in Sir Dancealot dances across the page, it has so much energy 🙂