Fall 2023

The Knight of Little Import

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Poor Charlie is a young knight who can’t find a single beast to slay. If only the town of Little Import weren’t so quiet. Hark! What is that? It’s Mr. Galette, and he has a problem in his bakery. Clever Charlie realizes at once that a monster is the culprit: the triple-tier hungerbeak! So begins an epic quest to capture monsters throughout town and find a safe place for them to live . . . in the world’s very first monster sanctuary!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2023-09-05
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002270, JUV039140, JUV016070
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Guided Reading Level P
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Hannah Batsel

Hannah Batsel is a book artist and illustrator who fell in love with bookmaking while pursuing a Fine Arts degree at the University of Georgia. She began printing her own illustrated art books on a Vandercook printing press from the 1950s and hand-binding them in small limited editions. Hannah has published two picture books for children: A is for Another Rabbit, inspired by the two rabbits she adopted from her local animal shelter, and The Knight of Little Import, about solving small problems to make a big difference.

The Knight of Little Import: An Interview with Creator Hannah Batsel

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  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Winner, 2023


Shelf Awareness

“For her collages, Batsel (A Is for Another Rabbit) works with a sweepingly wide range of unfussy materials, including thread, sawdust, and artificial turf—selections true to the spirit of this tale of resourcefulness, improvisation, and pluck. Although the author isn’t so artless as to say so, The Knight of Little Import delivers the message that a good imagination is more rewarding than all the money in Biggerborough.” —Shelf Awareness

Publishers Weekly

“[A] playfully interactive story that suggests the grass isn’t always greener somewhere else.” —Publishers Weekly


“Batsel’s artwork is a mesmerizing display of extraordinary mixed-media collage using a variety of handmade and purchased paper alongside paints, ink, watercolors, embroidery floss, artificial turf, and painted sawdust. Every page, down to the endpapers, is textured, rich, layered, and lovely. Batsel’s second book as author-illustrator is quite the achievement.”— starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Tongue-in-cheek and not at all of little import.” —Kirkus Reviews