{Picture Book Review + Vlog + Giveaway} PRINCE & KNIGHT by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis

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This past June, when the friend I was rooming with showed me a picture book she found at the BookExpo (BEA) entitled PRINCE AND KNIGHT by Daniel Haack with illustrations by Stevie Lewis, I feel in love, too! I knew that I had to share the book with you guys during Magic, Myth, and Mischief. I swiftly borrowed her copy and filmed in the hotel room, then held off all these months until now. *dusts off the cobwebs*

PRINCE AND KNIGHT captivated me from the very beginning, when it opened with a very traditional fairy tale scene with the main character peering dreamily from a balcony--only it was a prince and not a princess! Because princes can be dreamers, too, y'all!

© Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis, and Little Bee

The book explores the way the prince and his parents are searching for a bride, but nobody ever sparks his interest. When a vicious dragon arrives in the kingdom, he finally meets his match in a young knight. Together, they defeat the dragon, save one another's lives, and fall in love. His parents and kingdom rejoice, and the prince and knight live happily ever after. And the final image of the book--I know, I know, it's a spoiler, but they just look so happy and I can't help myself!!!! It's my favorite image in the book!

© Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis, and Little Bee

PRINCE & KNIGHT takes traditional fairy tale tropes and turns them upside down. I love the strong message of inclusion and the way the prince's family and realm embrace him and enjoy seeing him happy.

I also really love when picture books have good rhyming structures, and this one was so much fun. I loved seeing each new rhyme; they were just so clever!

Interestingly, after seeing a close-up of the dragon in the book, I commented that it looked similar to a dragon from How to Train Your Dragon and wondered if illustrator Stevie Lewis also worked for Dreamworks. Today when writing this review, I decided to take a quick look at her Goodreads profile and saw that she does work with DreamWorks! So now I wonder if she worked on one of the HTTYD titles because just look at this face:

© Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis, and Little Bee

© Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis, and Little Bee

If you want a fairy tale full of inclusion, acceptance, love, family, and gorgeous illustrations, you're going to want to take a look at PRINCE & KNIGHT.

Take a peek inside the book with me:

Haack is even co-authoring a second book, MAIDEN AND PRINCESS, with Isabel Galupo. Becca Human in illustrating. The book will come out on April 2, 2019:

The GoodReads summary states,

Once in a faraway kingdom, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but she's not as excited to go as everyone else. After her mother convinces her to make an appearance, she makes a huge impression on everyone present, from the villagers to the king and queen, but she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place.

I'm already excited to get my hands on it!

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Daniel Haack
Illustrator: Stevie Lewis
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Received: Borrowed

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. 


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