The top 10 finalists for The 2015 Best in Rhyme Award have
been announced! The committee and I are thrilled to share reviews of each of these
wonderful rhyming picture books!
Please support these authors and illustrators by
purchasing their books this holiday season!
The Top 10 RPB finalists for The 2015 Best in Rhyme Award
These reviews are done by the Best in Rhyme Committee in no particular order. The winner and honor books will be named on December 4th in NYC in a live-streaming announcement from Julie Gribble’s KidLitTV Studio. We are so appreciative of Julie’s support of our event!
Thank you Julie!
the 2015 Best in Rhyme Award
top 10 book reviews!
Watch for more reviews all month!
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
Author: Penny Parker Klostermann
Illustrator: Ben Mantle
Publisher: Random House
*Review by Gayle Krause
There was an old dragon who needed a lesson in table manners!
I mean really, he swallowed everything in sight, and much to the delight of young readers, burped them all up again.
This rollicking retelling of a well-known children’s song has perfect meter, action verbs, and a rhyme scheme that makes the story roll off the tongue. Children especially LOVE the refrain.
As an adult, I’ve used this book as an introduction to cumulative tales in my 3rd grade writing class for Young Author’s Day at a local college and the children loved the lyrical language and easily understood the concept.
Nominated as one of the ten best rhyming picture books of 2015, There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight may lumber away having eaten yet another item, the inaugural Best Rhyming Picture Book Award.
Author Penny Parker Klostermann is a teacher, author and lover of picture books, especially rhyming ones. She’s a member of The Poets’ Garage, where she hones her rhyming skills.
For more information on Penny follow the link to Gayle’s interview with her in September.
I urge you to find There Was an Old Dragon
Who Swallowed a Knight
to read to your little dragons!
She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too.
Penny is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). She was named the 2012 Barbara Karlin Grant Runner-up. She is represented by Tricia Lawrence of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Penny grew up in Colorado and now lives in Abilene, Texas-the Storybook Capital of Texas!
This wonderful review was written by Gayle Krause, a Best in Rhyme Committee member. Thank you Gayle!
Gayle’s Website: The Storyteller’s Scroll