Review – The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight by Helen & Thomas Docherty

The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight

Today I have something a little different as I am reviewing a fab new gorgeous picture book that is due to be released on the 4th August 2016 published by Scholastic.

The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight is by Helen & Thomas Docherty and is gorgeous inside and out.  Beautiful words by Helen and stunning illustrations by Thomas make this picture book a joy to read.

I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review….but in a slightly different way!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers  and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.

The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight

Leo the mouse isn’t like the other knights. While they like fighting, he’d rather read a book. Leo’s parents are keen to turn him into a proper knight, so they pack him off on a mission to tame a dragon. But Leo knows that books are mightier than swords, and he tames not just the dragon, but a troll and a griffin, too \- by reading them stories. With its witty rhyming text and glorious, detailed illustrations, THE KNIGHT WHO WOULDN’T FIGHT is a joyful, magical picture book about the power of stories.

Publisher – Scholastic

Published – 4th August 2016

Format – Paperback

Category – Picture Book

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!

** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**

Please note that this book is written in rhyme so therefore I am trying my review in the same style….

Even Chelley’s love a good story!


Chelley was a thoughtful sole

A book she was in need

While her hubby is busy making Lego

Chelley likes to sit and read.


And through the door a gem appeared

All sparkly and new

A bright and colourful picture book

All ready for me to review.


I turned the pages one by one

And read every single word

I smiled and laughed and cheered a lot

It was the sweetest story I’d ever heard.


Leo loved to sit and read

Stories old and new

But his parents wanted him to venture out

Poor Leo had to follow through.


Off Leo goes to tame the dragon

To make his parents proud

With his sword and brand new shield

He rides underneath the clouds.


A Griffin, a Troll and a Dragon

Friends he meets along the way

A brave old knight who wouldn’t fight

He had far too much to say.


The illustrations in this book

Were perfect through and through

They capture every moment

Even lots of dragon poo!


I highly recommend this book

For adults and children to share

The perfect little story

To show loved ones that you care.


So snuggle on down with Leo and friends

And a pile of favourite books

Books are powerful, fun and amazing

One page will get you hooked.


Words are all Leo needed

On his journey through the lands

A book or two to share with friends

And that, sadly, is where my story ends.


I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!


You can buy a copy of The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here

About Helen & Thomas Docherty


Helen Docherty is the author of THE SNATCHABOOK and ABRACAZEBRA. Helen lives in Swansea with her husband, Thomas, and their two daughters



Thomas Docherty is the acclaimed illustrator of THE SNATCHABOOK, ABRACAZEBRA and THE SNORGH AND THE SAILOR. He was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.



Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour at the following stops


Monday 1st August

Wonderfully Bookish

The Pewter Wolf

Tuesday 2nd August


Library Mice

Wednesday 3rd August

An Awfully Big Adventure

Tales of Yesterday

Thursday 4th August

Powered by Reading

Big Book Little Book

Friday 5th August

Library Girl and Book Boy

Rhino Reads

Saturday 6th August

Linda’s Book Bag

Luna’s Little Library

Sunday 7th August

Emma’s Bookery

Maia and a Little Moore



Have you read The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!



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2 Responses

  1. Anna Tomlinson says:

    Absolutely love this book, and your review is fantabulous!!