Published by Greenwillow Books
Summary: When a group of boastful knights regale each other with slightly exaggerated tales at the Round Table, Merlin sends them off on a mission to slay the Terrible Lizard. Knights Bors, Hector, Erec, and the mysterious Black Knight are joined by squire Mel on a quest that unexpectedly takes them back in time to the days of the dinosaurs. There they have one adventure after another with spinosauruses, triceratops, and more, all the while seeking the tyrant king, Tyrannosaurus Rex. Along the way, some surprises are revealed about the knights and their squire, and they slowly learn to stop competing and start working as a team. After they finally meet and defeat their enemy, they learn that Merlin has been up to his old tricks, but they can’t help being pleased with the results. 160 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: With lots of illustrations and a few comic-style pages, this would be a good choice for those still getting their feet wet in the chapter book realm. There’s plenty of humor and a couple of unexpected strong female characters.
Cons: I probably didn’t appreciate the humor as much as, say, a nine-year-old might.