Giles Andreae and Korky Paul
Puffin Books, First published 2014
My children are lucky enough to possess hoards of picture books and have read hundreds, upon hundreds, at home and school. Without a shadow of a doubt, “Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo” is our top rated picture book OF ALL TIME!
With hilarious pictures by the inimitable Korky Paul (Winnie the Witch illustrator) and a fantastically funny rhyming text, it’s the ideal read for boys, aged 4-6 years, although girls, I am sure, would love it too.
It opens with the following verses:
There lived a king in ancient times
Who wasn’t very brave.
He didn’t look for knights to joust
Or damsels he could save…
And instead of fighting battles
And performing daring feats
King Colin simply lay in bed…
And guzzled loads of sweets.
If that doesn’t grab you as a punchy introduction, nothing will.
The story is the second of three Sir Scallywag stories, the first being “Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants” and the final being “Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom.”
Despite being the sequel, it’s fair to say it supersedes the first book.
The Deadly Dragon Poo plot revolves around dastardly Baron Greedyguts and his evil plan to steal King Colin’s giant sweet machine.
Baron Greedyguts bombards the castle using a using a giant catapult and tons of dragon poo, intent on capturing the coveted machine.
All looks lost for King Colin, his Queen and all the kingdom who have grown lazy and fat scoffing sweets.
“Oh, crikey!” cried King Colin.
“Yikes! I don’t know what to do!
My castle’s disappearing
Under piles of dragon poo!
“There’s only one of all my knights
Who might just save the day.
Oh, help us, brave Sir Scallywag!
Oh, help us, please, I pray!”
And so begins six-year-old Sir Scallywag’s battle to defeat the greedy Baron.
It’s a fantastically funny romp of a story, fast paced and action packed, with sweets, dragons, battles and poo. Toilet humour is very much in evidence, so if this is not your thing, be warned.
Our six-year-old hero saves the day, there’s a great twist and a ‘sweet’ little moral at the end.
Laughter is guaranteed with this superlative book.