Daniel Haack began writing at a young age, although much of his earliest work centered exclusively around his desire to be a swashbuckling hero. Like the Prince and the Knight, he just wants to save the day and get the boy, too. He has since written for various publications and collections, and Prince & Knight is his debut children's book. He graduated from Ithaca College and now works in children's educational media, for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award. Originally from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, and formerly a New Yorker, Daniel now lives in Los Angeles, California. Find out more about Daniel at danielhaack.com. Stevie Lewis has been living on the road for the past two years, furthering her passion for climbing, art, and the outdoors. Striving to live simply and tread lightly on the earth, she gathers inspiration from a variety of adventures, be it climbing in the high desert in central Oregon, hiking in the wilderness of Alaska, or sharing laughs with fellow travelers around a campfire. After working for four years in animation, she now illustrates children's books and creates art based on her travels. Find out more about Stevie at chocosweete.com.
A prince of marriageable age looks far and wide for a partner who
sings the same tune. "Handsome and sincere," the prince accompanies
his parents to meet ladies from nearby kingdoms. While the royals
are away, a fire-breathing dragon ravages their home kingdom. The
prince races home to protect his realm only to find a knight in
shining armor battling alongside him. The two work together to
defeat the dragon, but in the process, the prince loses his grip
and nearly falls to his doom. The visored knight sweeps in to catch
the prince, takes off his helmet to reveal his identity, and the
two instantly realize their connection. Villagers and royals alike
cheer for the two men's relationship and, soon, wedding. Lewis'
lush colors and dramatic sequencing clearly show her background in
animation and lend a timeless, Disney-like quality to the story.
The art notably does not shy away from depicting the intimacy
between the men, keeping it on par with images of heterosexual
relationships that already dominate children's media. Though the
royal family is white, the happy villagers and the prince's new
betrothed add some necessary racial diversity to the mix.
Victorious-it may even usurp King & King (2001) as the premier
queer-friendly fairy tale for this age set. (Picture book.
4-8)--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
K-Gr 2-Haack and Lewis have created a fairy tale in rhyme about a prince who is looking for a partner. The king and queen help their son meet many young ladies in the kingdom, but he is not interested in any of them. After much deliberation, he decides to leave the kingdom to consider his future. While he is gone, a dragon threatens the royal family and villagers. The prince and knight vanquish the dragon and realize they are perfect for one another. The king and queen are so happy their son has found true love. The digital illustrations are rich in color and depth. This is an illuminating fairy tale for young readers to be able to see that not every prince would like to marry a princess. VERDICT A great addition to any library or classroom, especially where fairy tales are in demand.-April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL--School Library Journal