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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (24 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: September 2011 ISBN: 9781470322625
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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!

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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.”  

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trace | 1/13/2014

    " In a word - ADORABLE. We must have read this library book half a dozen times and I certainly didn't tire of it one bit... too cute for words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lee | 1/2/2014

    " Fun rhyming story. Ah...the power of imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Hankins | 1/2/2014

    " Here there be dragons. I like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/24/2013

    " One of my new favorite picture books!! LOVE the baby:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/19/2013

    " Story and illustrations remind me of Where the Wild Things Are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 12/13/2013

    " Sweet story about boys building a fort and fighting off dragons. Even if it can be scary doing it all by yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/8/2013

    " This combines a child's imagination and play very nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/6/2013

    " My four year-old and I loved this book. The illustrations are beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/4/2013

    " Oxenbury's drawings, with their charming, innocent children, seem to stem directly from Kate Greenaway. They have the same sort of attention to detail and feel of childhood as a place, distinct and playful. This is a pleasant story of imagination. Lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/29/2013

    " Super cute story, but I LOVE the illustrations. Good for pretend or imagination storytime! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Joyner | 6/20/2013

    " Aaron bought a copy of this book for Ethan on a recent trip to Asheville. Ethan loves pretending to build forts and fight dragons, so it's right up his alley! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 4/13/2013

    " With the alternating illustrations of color and black and white sketches, this book is appealing to the eye. I also liked the rhyming verse and the word choice. A great tale of childhood imagination and playfulness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/17/2013

    " Great old-fashioned story about building castles out of cardboard and fighting imaginary dragons and monsters (that remind me of Where the Wild Things are creatures!). Especially love with Jack's companions take giants (parents) by the had and lead them away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 libraryreeder | 1/30/2013

    " I loved this rollicking journey through a child's imaginative play. A great surprise ending will be sure to please young readers. Oxenbury's illustrations capture the magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/1/2013

    " Great imaginary play. Love the fort! There are never enough books with dragons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Library Lady | 11/3/2012

    " Nice enough.Oxenbury 's monsters look decidedly Sendakish--perhaps it reflects the heros' own readings. And it's nice to see kids engaging in unplugged creative free play! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 10/17/2012

    " Wonderful portrait of childhood imagination and play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Guardiani | 10/6/2012

    " Picked this book up at the Library and was pleasantly surprised by how charming the story was and how my Son absolutely loved it. He even cheered once they scared the dragons away. A Quick story but fun illustrations and a good heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/3/2012

    " Lovely child point of view, and illustrations add to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/19/2012

    " Beautifully illustrated story celebrating the imagination and playfulness of childhood. "

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About the Narrator

Andrew Watts has over twenty years of experience working as an architect, specializing in facade detailing in Paris, London, Melbourne, and Dubai on projects with a wide range of construction technologies. He runs his own company, Newtechnic, which is a firm of London-based architects who create facades in collaboration with leading architects.