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A boy and his dragon embark on a dazzling nighttime journey in this heartwarming friendship story about facing fears and helping others. Georgie is afraid of the night. It’s too dark with the lights off. Too quiet with everyone asleep. And being alone makes everything worse. The dragon is afraid of the knight. After all, the knight carries a heavy sword, and he always wants A boy and his dragon embark on a dazzling nighttime journey in this heartwarming friendship story about facing fears and helping others. Georgie is afraid of the night. It’s too dark with the lights off. Too quiet with everyone asleep. And being alone makes everything worse. The dragon is afraid of the knight. After all, the knight carries a heavy sword, and he always wants to fight. The dragon knows just what to do to help Georgie overcome his fear, and the two set off on a unforgettable magical adventure. But when the morning comes, the dragon is still afraid of the knight. How can Georgie help his friend? With kindness and empathy–and a little creativity–maybe Georgie can work some magic of his own.


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A boy and his dragon embark on a dazzling nighttime journey in this heartwarming friendship story about facing fears and helping others. Georgie is afraid of the night. It’s too dark with the lights off. Too quiet with everyone asleep. And being alone makes everything worse. The dragon is afraid of the knight. After all, the knight carries a heavy sword, and he always wants A boy and his dragon embark on a dazzling nighttime journey in this heartwarming friendship story about facing fears and helping others. Georgie is afraid of the night. It’s too dark with the lights off. Too quiet with everyone asleep. And being alone makes everything worse. The dragon is afraid of the knight. After all, the knight carries a heavy sword, and he always wants to fight. The dragon knows just what to do to help Georgie overcome his fear, and the two set off on a unforgettable magical adventure. But when the morning comes, the dragon is still afraid of the knight. How can Georgie help his friend? With kindness and empathy–and a little creativity–maybe Georgie can work some magic of his own.

30 review for Dragon Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Orey

    This is a gentle friendship story with some wordplay that's probably too advanced for my kid. But my kid loved the book overall and we read it a few times in a row. I appreciated that there's a real emphasis on empathy and helping your friends to feel safe. There's also a nice focus on learning to see the world from a different perspective. And the book makes a very good nonviolent point about not wanting to fight, which from what I can tell is still pretty rare. This is a gentle friendship story with some wordplay that's probably too advanced for my kid. But my kid loved the book overall and we read it a few times in a row. I appreciated that there's a real emphasis on empathy and helping your friends to feel safe. There's also a nice focus on learning to see the world from a different perspective. And the book makes a very good nonviolent point about not wanting to fight, which from what I can tell is still pretty rare.

  2. 4 out of 5

    KC

    Cute story how a boy and dragon have a lot in common.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    This is a cute little dragon story with a play on words. The dragon in the story is afraid of the knight. While the boy, Georgie, is afraid of the night. Together they attempt to resolve one another’s fears. And after their adventure, we’re met with a sweet, happy ending. The artwork was rendered with brush, pen, and ink on cotton rag paper and then colored digitally. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Mi This is a cute little dragon story with a play on words. The dragon in the story is afraid of the knight. While the boy, Georgie, is afraid of the night. Together they attempt to resolve one another’s fears. And after their adventure, we’re met with a sweet, happy ending. The artwork was rendered with brush, pen, and ink on cotton rag paper and then colored digitally. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colona Public Library

    This was a cute book. Georgie is afraid of the night, and the dragon is afraid of the knight. One night when Georgie goes to bed, a dragon pops out of one of his books. Together they conquer their fears. The dragon reminds Georgie that without the dark you would not see the stars. In return Georgie draws a book that has a friendly knight. Now, every night they read the book together. ~April

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Beautiful story. Once the child (the reader) understands the difference between night and knight, the story is easy to follow. This is a story that elicits empathy. It has a soft feel to it. I just loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    A sweet story about friendship, overcoming fear, and finding good things in unexpected places.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    A boy who is scared of the dark night meets a dragon out of one of his story books who is scared of the knight too. The two set off on a flying journey to explore their fears together, thinking they are talking about the same thing. They find a carnival where night has been driven away but it has a castle. There is a city street with bright lights and no night, but there is a big king. The stadium even has a knight mascot. When the two realize they are talking about different fears, they work to A boy who is scared of the dark night meets a dragon out of one of his story books who is scared of the knight too. The two set off on a flying journey to explore their fears together, thinking they are talking about the same thing. They find a carnival where night has been driven away but it has a castle. There is a city street with bright lights and no night, but there is a big king. The stadium even has a knight mascot. When the two realize they are talking about different fears, they work together to face them. The dragon helps the boy realize that dark brings the stars out. The boy then creates a new story for the dragon where the knight doesn’t try to hurt him at all. Krause tells an empowering story of facing one’s fears with a friend in this picture book. His use of a homophone to start the misunderstanding adds to the fun of the story with an element of grammar and a reason for two unlikely beings to connect. Readers may expect the story to end when the boy begins to accept the night, but it continues with a more complicated solution for the dragon. The fact that the child thinks of the solution and creates it himself is a key to the success of this story. Krause is an animator of shows like The Simpsons, so it is no surprise that the art in this book is compelling. Done in thick lines and limited colors, it has a vintage feel that makes for a great bedtime story. The art is deftly done, the illumination of the boy and the dragon throughout is skillfully and dramatically done. Let your bedtime take flight with this winning read. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    The story here hinges on the fact that "night" and "knight" sound alike, and it would quickly wear thin if it weren't for the delightful friendship that forms between a young boy and a dragon from a story book. The solution to both of their problems that eventually comes out was a real treat, and the boy figuring out how to write a story that helps to do this is an excellent way of supporting the creation of stories and drawings. Some of the best touches were the baseball team called "The Knight The story here hinges on the fact that "night" and "knight" sound alike, and it would quickly wear thin if it weren't for the delightful friendship that forms between a young boy and a dragon from a story book. The solution to both of their problems that eventually comes out was a real treat, and the boy figuring out how to write a story that helps to do this is an excellent way of supporting the creation of stories and drawings. Some of the best touches were the baseball team called "The Knights," the difficulties in hiding a dragon around the house, and the dragon teaching the young boy the good parts of nighttime. I think this could be used as a read-aloud, but then you would have to be careful about the night/knight confusion. It's obvious on a page which is which, but if you read it out loud, then it wouldn't be, which would only contribute to the inherent confusion in the story. So, it might be better to read to an individual child, or for an early reader to read to themselves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Dragon Night by J.R. Krause. PICTURE BOOK G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), 2019. $17. 9780525514244 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH One night as Georgie is laying in bed, scared of the dark night, his favorite book (St. George and the Dragon) flies open and a dragon steps out. The dragon is scared of the knight from his book and together Georgie and the dragon fly around trying to get away from their fears. Eventually, the two realize that they are afraid of two differen Dragon Night by J.R. Krause. PICTURE BOOK G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), 2019. $17. 9780525514244 BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH One night as Georgie is laying in bed, scared of the dark night, his favorite book (St. George and the Dragon) flies open and a dragon steps out. The dragon is scared of the knight from his book and together Georgie and the dragon fly around trying to get away from their fears. Eventually, the two realize that they are afraid of two different kinds of night/knight and they help each other overcome their fears. This book is fantastic. I love the illustrations and the sweet relationship between Georgie and the dragon. The play on the homophones is fun and this makes for a great bedtime read. C. Peterson https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Avery A.

    Genre: Fantasy Awards: None Audience: ages 3-7 A. Dragon Night is an animal fantasy because the dragon is able to talk throughout the whole story. B. In this book, the author encourages the reader to suspend disbelief within the dragon character. From the beginning, the dragon is talking to Georgie. C. This fantasy has a setting that can be described as magic in the real world. Georgie is a normal little boy with typical fears, but he becomes friends with a talking dragon. Together they help each oth Genre: Fantasy Awards: None Audience: ages 3-7 A. Dragon Night is an animal fantasy because the dragon is able to talk throughout the whole story. B. In this book, the author encourages the reader to suspend disbelief within the dragon character. From the beginning, the dragon is talking to Georgie. C. This fantasy has a setting that can be described as magic in the real world. Georgie is a normal little boy with typical fears, but he becomes friends with a talking dragon. Together they help each other with their fears. Therefore, the magic consists of the dragon. D. The message the author conveys in Dragon Night is that we all have similarities despite our differences and through unexpected friendships, we can help each other overcome our fears.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Dragons, puns, friendship, and overcoming fears - lots of elements for a good storybook. A little boy is afraid of the night. As he worries, he meets a dragon who's scared of the knight. Bonding over (what they think is) a shared worry, they learn to face their fears together. I liked the illustrations too, all the muted nighttime colors and shadows, but still rather warm feeling. The wordplay might be a little over the head of some of the smaller readers, but they'd still appreciate the story o Dragons, puns, friendship, and overcoming fears - lots of elements for a good storybook. A little boy is afraid of the night. As he worries, he meets a dragon who's scared of the knight. Bonding over (what they think is) a shared worry, they learn to face their fears together. I liked the illustrations too, all the muted nighttime colors and shadows, but still rather warm feeling. The wordplay might be a little over the head of some of the smaller readers, but they'd still appreciate the story of a boy and his dragon (a dragon and his boy?). The little bit bigger readers will appreciate the jokes too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darren Garnick

    Confronting your fears is a lesson we are never too young to relearn. This is a fun and relatable picture book that my young daughter has already enjoyed with me a few times. I personally love the unexpected baseball-related plot twist and the artwork is pretty intriguing. I heard the author talk about his illustration style on a podcast, and it turns out he made separate monochrome drawings (7 different colors) and then layered them in Photoshop. The result is a warm glow at bedtime!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    This is a wonderful story with very interesting illustrations that suit the mood of the story perfectly. Georgie is a little boy who is afraid of the NIGHT. When a dragon steps out of one of his books, he realizes the dragon is afraid of the KNIGHT. But, at first they don't know they aren't talking about the same thing. The dragon helps Georgie to stop being afraid of the night, and Georgie comes up with an idea to help the dragon. This is a wonderful story with very interesting illustrations that suit the mood of the story perfectly. Georgie is a little boy who is afraid of the NIGHT. When a dragon steps out of one of his books, he realizes the dragon is afraid of the KNIGHT. But, at first they don't know they aren't talking about the same thing. The dragon helps Georgie to stop being afraid of the night, and Georgie comes up with an idea to help the dragon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    A boy is afraid of the dark night. The dragon in his book is afraid of the knight. Sounds similar, but not at all the same! Georgie's city has a different kind of (carnival) castle, and (candy) king. Together, the two journey together over the town, learning more about their fears from each other, becoming less afraid. Calm-colored book perfect for bedtime. A boy is afraid of the dark night. The dragon in his book is afraid of the knight. Sounds similar, but not at all the same! Georgie's city has a different kind of (carnival) castle, and (candy) king. Together, the two journey together over the town, learning more about their fears from each other, becoming less afraid. Calm-colored book perfect for bedtime.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    I really liked the style of this book. I'm a sucker for books about kids with a monster/dragon/giant spooky friend. A dragon comes out of a storybook and keeps a boy company who is afraid of night. The dragon himself is afraid of the "knight" from his story, so the boy writes him a new story with a nicer knight. The illustration of the dragon's scales was really cool. I really liked the style of this book. I'm a sucker for books about kids with a monster/dragon/giant spooky friend. A dragon comes out of a storybook and keeps a boy company who is afraid of night. The dragon himself is afraid of the "knight" from his story, so the boy writes him a new story with a nicer knight. The illustration of the dragon's scales was really cool.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol V

    A dragon is afraid of the knight in a book that the dragon is in. The child is afraid of the night. They whisk away together on a fantasy ride and help each other face their fears. Problem solving is an important thing we teach children at an early age. This book offers great solutions for the little boy and his dragon. The illustrations are magical!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    A boy is afraid of the night and a dragon (which comes out of a book) is afraid of the knight. It takes them a while to get the night/knight thing straightened out. They spend the night together, flying over the world. The dragon is afraid to go back in his book, so the boy draws him a new one with a nice knight who wants to play catch.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bmack

    This is a lovely book! George is afraid of the dark and one night his favorite book (St. George and the Dragon) falls to the floor, opens up and a dragon comes out! They spend a magical night flying around together looking for the night/knight. (Dragon is also afraid of the knight!) So love the ending too!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    In semi monochrome (blues for the night and reds/yellows for the daylight), the narrative of a dragon and a boy takes flight. I like how word play is used...the boy is scared of the "night" while the dragon is scared of the "knight" plus the trip into the night skies is pleasant to behold. In semi monochrome (blues for the night and reds/yellows for the daylight), the narrative of a dragon and a boy takes flight. I like how word play is used...the boy is scared of the "night" while the dragon is scared of the "knight" plus the trip into the night skies is pleasant to behold.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Gudenburr

    A story about how a boy is afraid of the night and a dragon is afraid of a knight. They run away from their fears together and overcome their fears together once they understand they are afraid of different things. This would make a good bedtime story for an elementary child.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    This is incredibly sweet and a little recursive. It's lovely. George is afraid of the night, and the dragon in one of his books is afraid of the knight. It takes them a good chunk of an adventure to figure this out, but then they return home and help each other with their fears. This is incredibly sweet and a little recursive. It's lovely. George is afraid of the night, and the dragon in one of his books is afraid of the knight. It takes them a good chunk of an adventure to figure this out, but then they return home and help each other with their fears.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very sweet and a cute play on "night" vs. "knight" with a nod to the power of storytelling/writing. A good bedtime read aloud, especially for a precocious preschooler or kindergartner who is afraid of the dark but I can't see it working in a library storytime setting. Very sweet and a cute play on "night" vs. "knight" with a nod to the power of storytelling/writing. A good bedtime read aloud, especially for a precocious preschooler or kindergartner who is afraid of the dark but I can't see it working in a library storytime setting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    A cute little story based on some fun wordplay (afraid of the night/knight) that was prooooobably not quite enough to last for an entire book, but it still worked out. Lots of good emphasis on feeling safe, not being afraid of the dark, and helping friends out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Shaw

    I love the play on words of being afraid of the night/knight. I love how at the end, the dragon realizes he has to go back into the book and the boy helps by creating a kind knight. What a great message to teach children to go back strong and positive into adversity.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I loved this dragon story! Friendship, grammar (knight v. night), story-writing/imagination, and bedtime all in one story! Good for early elementary too!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    A little boy is afraid of the night but the dragon he meets is afraid of the knight. Sweet story. Possible for school age program about words with different meanings.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is such a beautiful book! I LOVE the magnificent illustrations and the charming story. This is one I plan to add to my personal collection.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Syntha Green

    A little boy that is afraid of the night finds comfort and friendship with a dragon afraid of the knight.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    A sweet bedtime book about a boy and an adorable dragon. 🌙 🐉

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    A scared boy helps an even more scared dragon.

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