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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury Narrator: Andrew Watts Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peter Bently’s unique mix of rhyming verse, storytelling, and humor is a surefire hit with young readers. In King Jack and the Dragon, Jack, his toddler brother Caspar, and his friend Zack build a make-believe fort capable of stopping the attacks of fire-breathing dragons and all sorts of other beasties. But as playtime draws to a close and his knights get carried away by marauding parents, Jack discovers that defending a magical fort is more fun with a few friends. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “At once contemporary and classic.”

    New York Times

  • “This one is sure to become a full-on family favorite at bedtime.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Though the characters are wholly modern, there is a timelessness to the cycle of excitement, apprehension and parental comfort that should give this lovely book a long stay on the nursery shelf.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An enchanting tribute to both full-throttle pretend play and the reassurance of a parent’s embrace.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A tale of make-believe that children will delight in hearing again and again.” 

    School Library Journal (starred review) 

  • “Altogether, ‘King Jack’ is just about perfect.” 

    Sacramento Bee

  • “From this simple premise of imaginative play, Bently and Oxenbury create a classically sweet picture book.” 

    Horn Book

  • “The rhyming verse, large trim size, and detailed illustrations…make this a suitable story for group sharing, while the sweet, intimate tone will make it a family favorite.”  


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JuJu | 2/15/2014

    " 3.5 Simple and Sweet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate Hastings | 2/10/2014

    " Ages 3-5. Would be perfect for a "Pretend" storytime. Love the soft drawings, a throwback to books I remember as a child. The use of color really makes you feel like you are pretending with the children--seeing what they see-- as they build a fort and monsters (parents) swoop in to claim them one-at-a-time for bedtime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/31/2014

    " lovely illustrations--good read-aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/19/2014

    " In a story with which almost all of us can relate, Jack and his two good friends, Zack and Casper, spend the whole day playing out in the yard. They create a castle out of the materials available to them, and commence to defend it from all sorts of creatures. But as night falls, his comrades are forced to desert him when their parents take them home. Jack is left to defend the kingdom all by himself until his adventures are forced to end as well since it's time for bed. I loved the rhyming text and the description of adults as giants and the boys' utter absorption in their play. The softly colored illustrations show the sometimes scary nature of the dark as well as the warmth of a parent's love that makes it possible to have all those adventures. "

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