Lord Tempesto is a snake in every sense. As a human, he is slimy, deceitful, and manipulative, but when he’s denied what he wants, he transforms into a gigantic, powerful snake. He wants nothing more than to rule the kingdom for himself, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Princess Melina dreams of marrying a knight in shining armor so she can rule her father’s kingdom someday. But when monster Lord Tempesto captures her and threatens to destroy her beloved kingdom if she doesn’t marry him, she has no choice but to submit to the hideous monster’s demands.
James, the son of a knight, hears about Princess Melina’s plight and sets out on the long journey to rescue her. But his own skills aren’t enough to win the fight against such a ruthless monster with strong, sinewy arms, and it takes teamwork between the captive and her rescuer to save the kingdom from the monster for good.
The Knight in Battered Armor shows children of all ages the importance of doing what is right no matter what and not being afraid to protect what is most important.
Faye Oygard –
Princess Melina is kind and compassionate, her parents are wise and want to help her find a suitable husband. Then one of Melina’s would-be suitors kidnaps her and locks her up in a tower. Many knights attempt to rescue her, but only one has the courage to face the beast holding her captive.
Though battered and well-worn on the outside, it is up to the courageous man inside the distressed armor to free Princess Melina.
Suitable for young readers, whether to be read aloud to young ones or read by an early reader of chapter book skill level. This is a charming fairy tale with a twist. 50-some full-color illustrated pages compliment the tale, with cartoon-style illustrations in appropriate color schemes. It reminded me a little of the stained glass style illustrations in the opening scenes of Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast.
Strong themes of courage, character, and wisdom run through this book, as well as compassion, with symbolism throughout. I really liked how the story emphasized strong character, and doing the right thing as well as how the Princess didn’t just sit on the sideline and wait to be rescued.
A brand new fairy tale with a twist, great to share with the young girls in your life.
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