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Sarah Courtauld


Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

3rd July 2014



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Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon

Sarah Courtauld

Lovereading - -Year 3 (age 7-8)

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July 2014 Book of the Month  Knights and princesses and swords and dragons all feature in this hugely entertaining story about two very different sisters, Eliza and Lavender. While Eliza dreams of being a hero, Lavender thinks only of being swept off her feet by a handsome prince. Since the girls live on a farm in The Middle of Nowhere in The Forgotten Corner of the Kingdom neither has much chance of their dreams coming true…Or do they? Many hilarious adventures later, the girls are older and a little bit wiser!

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Evie Young, age 9 - 'A funny story about dragons and princes and a goat! I loved this book and will tell all my friends about it.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Bridgeman, age 9 - 'A laugh out loud riot of a story, it's fab for fans of Cressida Cowell or anyone who loves dragons!' Read full review >
  • Melissa Broomfield, age 7 - 'This book made me laugh and the pictures are really good. It took me a long time to read it though!' Read full review >
  • Melissa’s Mum - 'This is very much like an early Terry Prachett, very quick moving with great's best read either by someone a little older or as a bedtime book as a adult, in which case it's great fun!' Read full review >
  • Isaac East, age 8 - '10 out of 10 for this outsanding funny book.  Every one who turns the pages of this hilarious book will laugh their heads off.' Read full review >
  • Jessica Cobbin, age 7 - 'This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.  I think grown ups and children would find it funny.  Anyone who likes fairy tales is in for a shock!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'A hilarious tale of princesses, dragons and goats, which made me laugh and laugh and laugh some more. I hope Lavender and Eliza have more adventures soon!' Read full review >
  • Lauren Carver, age 8 - 'Lavender wants to marry a prince, but Eliza wants to be a brave person.  One day Lavender disappears and Eliza goes on a funny adventure to find her.' Read full review >
  • Lauren's mum - 'I absolutely loved reading this book with my daughter. I love Sarah Courtauld's style of writing and couldn't wait to read what wacky things were on each page!' Read full review >
  • James Wood, age 7 - 'Brilliant book - very funny. Everyone should read it. It really did make me laugh especially Lavender's singing and the bit with the badgers!' Read full review >
  • Evie Aconley, age 7 - 'A really funny book, would love to read more in further adventures.' Read full review >
  • Ellen Cox, age 7 - '10/10. It is a very funny book. I loved it.' Read full review >
  • Isabel Wood, age 7 - 'I liked this book it was  very funny. I liked the idea of girls fighting the dragon.' Read full review >
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 6 - 'This book was very crazy but fun to read and made me want to find out how it was going to end.' Read full review >
  • Richie Upchurch, age 7 - 'Two girls, one villain and a goat! I really like this book, it's really funny.' Read full review >
  • Ella Meredith, age 7 - 'I would give this book 4 stars!' Read full review >
  • Brodie Greenslade, age 8 - 'a tale of two very different sisters who have to work together when one of them is kidnapped by the Hairy Faced Villains. Very funny!'  Read full review >
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 8 - 'An exciting adventure story!' Read full review >


Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-dragon by Sarah Courtauld

Sisters Eliza and Lavender could not be more different.  Lavender’s life ambition is to marry a prince and spend the rest of her days in luxury, being waited on hand and foot.   Tomboy Eliza longs for adventure, to battle dragons and do daring deeds.  But as it is they are stuck at Old Tumbledown Farm, in a village called The Middle of Nowhere, in a forgotten corner of the kingdom called The Forgotten Corner of the Kingdom, deep in the realm of Squerb.

However, when the evil count Mordmont accidentally mistakes Lavender for a princess and kidnaps her, suddenly both the girls find themselves on a rather unexpected adventure.  Accompanied by their cynical goat, Gertrude, and with the help of a very un-scary evil minion, can Eliza and Lavender escape the evil count … or will fleeing just land them in even more hot water?

About The Author

Sarah Courtauld is a fresh and funny new voice in children’s fiction. She won the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award in 2012 and the BAFTA/ Rocliffe New Writing Forum 2012, judged by a panel including Jennifer Saunders and Chris Addison.

Buckle and Squash and the Monstrous Moat-Dragon is her first novel, and the start of a fantastic news series for younger readers.

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