The Knight Snacker

by Valeria Wicker (Author)

The Knight Snacker
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

This deliciously humorous picture book follows one young knight on a quest to overcome his fear of the dark to find a midnight snack.

Sir Julian has a big problem. It's bedtime, but he's starving! Desperate for a snack to tame the hungry, grumbly beast in his stomach, he sets out on a quest to the kitchen. But there are frightening unknowns lurking around every corner. Can he summon the courage to brave the dark and stop his rumbling tummy? 

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Kirkus Reviews

An enjoyable, if well-trod, adventure. 

Publishers Weekly

It's the middle of the night, and a contemporary kid called Sir Julian realizes he's famished--the result of having surreptitiously fed Mom's nasty-smelling "Fusion Fondue" to the family dog. Too short to reach the light switch, the pale-skinned child must now make a quest to the kitchen to "conquer a scrumptious snack," braving a darkness evoked in deep blue-green digital hues. Trailing a blanket cape and carrying a sword and stuffie in hand, he tames the potty monster by tinkling in it, realizes that a "hideous ghostly figure" he sees is just his reflection, and eventually makes it downstairs, only to discover that the only thing to eat is leftovers from the dreaded dinner. Is the knight brave enough--and hungry enough--to eat it? Employing in animation-like art a protagonist prone to imaginative perceptions, Wicker turns the hero's journey on its side and tickles it. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

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Review quotes

"Clever narration with puns, onomatopoeia, and alliteration support Sir Julian's imagined self as a brave and noble knight .... Share this with adventurous picky eaters to help conquer their fears and feel victorious on a full tummy."—BCCB
Valeria Wicker
Valeria Wicker is the author of The Ugly Doodles and a graduate of an Italian art school. When she's not drawing, she can be found in her tiny pottery studio, exploring new ways to express her creativity. Valeria resides in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband, Mike, their children, two teddy-bear-like Labradors, and a naughty cat named Fred. She invites you to visit her at or follow her on Instagram @valeriawicker.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 03, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Picture books
Humorous fiction
Fear of the dark

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