Dragons, Knights and Rollicking Rhymes: Celebrating Ben Mantle’s Launch Day!

We are so proud to share There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, the latest title illustrated by the wonderfully talented Ben Mantle! After celebrating a very happy book birthday yesterday, we here at Bright USA are thrilled to finally show the world what Ben has been working on.

Written by Penny Parker Klosterman and published with Random House Books for Young Readers, There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight is a raucous reworking of the classic fable about the old woman who swallowed a fly. Except that this dragon doesn’t stop there! After swallowing the knight, the dragon washes him down with his noble steed, then a squire, a cook, a lady, a castle, and finally a moat… all with hilarious consequences for our dragon.

As an internationally regarded talent and winner of numerous children’s illustration awards, Ben has brought this hungry dragon to life in a way that is at once humorous, lively and absolutely stunning. There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight is an undeniably fun addition to any bookshelf and we are elated to have Ben’s gorgeous artwork illuminating Penny’s playful rhymes.

For added enjoyment, we have four fantastic activity sheets to share with fans of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight! They are a great way to further engage with the story and really enhance the whole reading experience. Click the image below to download the pages for printing!

 Click to download full activity booklet!