Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Call It A Night

Here are a couple of reviews of Knight Night, posted on the Templar Website:

I remember seeing Owen Davey’s work for the very first time back in Foyles Gallery after his first roughs for Foxly’s Feasthad been highly commended. It really stood out. Alongside his fantastically bold style it was a real breath of fresh air, having no text at all. Don't get me wrong I like a good piece of text, and love the way text is integrated into most picture books. Yet this really drew me in, I was amazed with the amount of information I could read from Owen’s illustrations alone. It reminded me of being young ‘reading’ Raymond Briggs’ A Snowman story in my head, making up my own lines and conversation as I flicked through the wonderfully descriptive illustrations. Knight Night, like Owen’s first book, demonstrates this great ability to tell stories using very little if any words at all.

Knight Night is quietly humorous from start to finish, as the Little Knight's imagination is truly reflected by the imaginative pictures illustrating the little boy’s real world, alongside how it is seen through his playful eyes. It really made me smile and it has all the charm of Oliver Jeffers' work.

Kids are truly the harshest critics and my nephew went straight to the kitchen cupboard for the colander (or should I say knight’s helmet) so I think that’s two big thumbs up!

Kristyna Litten

Knight Night was an enchanting and enjoyable book, perfect for any little boys (or budding knights!).
Its readers can follow the brave knight on his quest to bed through forests and past crocodiles and up a castle wall. What I particularly enjoyed was the blurred lines between reality and fantasy. It created the perfect story world for all to enjoy.
The book helps make bedtime more fun and enjoyable, whilst still keeping it about the task at hand. The full and busy pages keep children easily engaged, with plenty to look at, whilst teaching them that yes, even brave knight’s have to brush their teeth.
Knight Night was an absolute pleasure to read.

Pamela Roach