Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

Rated 4.71 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: John Powell
  • Publication Date: 24/09/2015
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781910508190

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In a world infested with monsters intent on harassing the citizenry and scaring the livestock, you need an efficient Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment. George, a vertically challenged and impoverished knight in rusty armour, would appear a poor choice were it not for the fact that, during his travels in the Austrian Tyrol, he discovered a cake with the miraculous power to tame monsters. Suddenly, and for the first time in his life, George is in demand.

Elevated to ministerial position by King Freddie and Prime Minister Merlin, George becomes famous, while remaining (sadly) impoverished, and wittingly or otherwise has a hand in improving international relations with France, creating the first trade union, repelling a Scottish invasion and defining the number of players in a cricket team.

This sharp and witty satirical comedy, filled with comic caricatures and disgruntled dignitaries and set in a time-we-have-all-forgot will appeal to young people and adults alike.

7 reviews for Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Book Guild

    (MojoMums): This sharp and witty satirical comedy, filled with comic caricatures and disgruntled dignitaries and set in a time-we have-all-forgot will appeal to young people and adults alike.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katherine Mitchell

    If you read this as a bedtime story be prepared for lots of questions. Very educational.’

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina Powell

    I waited to post this review as I gave the book to my thirteen year old neice and wanted to see what she thought,Well she loved it as much as I did! So funny and gripping, as an adult I enjoyed the sneaky humour, Holly just giggled her way through the whole book!
    The monsters are all called funny weird names and all enjoy the special cake that is dished out willy-nilly by George. This book also has elements of education in it that I appreciated, Holly didnt notice but she understood it so I think that was very well done by the author. All in all I would recomend this book to anyone over the age of ten. Holly and I can’t wait for the next installment.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rachael Liankatawa

    Fun and silly, kids will adore it.

    A completely humorous fantasy adventure that is great for young readers transitioning from picture books to “real” books. Each chapter is a complete story in of itself which is perfect for its target audience. Parents who read this aloud to their children are sure to get a laugh out of it.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    S J Main

    Welcome to the world where the King of England has crown off weeks, goat milk is his favorite beverage and cannot read to save his own life. The prime minister, Merlin the Whirlin, is a smart little number that can read and makes important decisions for the country on his behalf. While soaking up in bath water seeking wisdom, is a tradition in this world, When he is sacked for being annoying Merlin initializes a union consisting of two members including himself to stand up to the king, in protest.

    This book is about George and how his talent and dedication repeatedly manages to save the country. The story begins with King Freddie back and forth-ing with France as he continues to tolerate his annoying prime minister who is, a know it all.

    Monsters and creatures consistently attack and disturb the people and the country. Merlin finds George who has a secret weapon, which tames these monsters and keeps them friendly. By paying this poor soul a fraction of what they pay themselves, the King & Merlin manage to have George solve many issues such as stopping Scotland from invading, starting up an air balloon, Cleaning France up from infestation, and pretty much everything else that falls apart in the Kingdom.

    This funny tale of ‘Saint George’ is written with great one-liner kickers and many references to the British slang. “If I need a quack, I’ll keep a duck,” Merlin says making me giggle away as I wondered how much funnier this story could get?

    Plot and story line aside the Author comes up with the weirdest names one could imagine! “Breton Bongloppers,”“Marmorgugelhupf,” “Hungarian Woggalog” and “Irish Whatsits” are just touching the surface with this delightfully written children’s book.

    What I liked most about this book was that every chapter consisted of a single story. This works really well since a child can read the book by chapters. Also, I liked the fact that the written literacy was to a higher standard than I imagined it to be. For these reasons and everything mentioned above, I give the book five stars.

    I recommend this book for children aged between 9- 12 and for parents that wish to read with their kids and enforce fun into their learning vocabulary.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Vera’s Book Reviews and Stuff


    Saint George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer features Saint George, poor knight of old. Dressed in his rusty suit of armor which does not fit correctly, George has searched far and wide for employment. During his search, George discovers Marmorgugelhupf Cake which when eaten by monsters, tames them to pet status. Meanwhile, when Good King Freddie hears of George, he promotes him to Patron Saint and Minister for Environment, as the monsters in England have run amuck.

    This book is a wonderful hilarious journey through the tales of George, Merlin, King Freddie, various monsters, and the many characters found along the way. Perfect for older children and young adults, Saint George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer will provided hours of entertainment.


    The characters and monsters are many and varied as we read Saint George’s adventures. You will find, Woggalogs, Irish Whasits, Merlin the Whirlin, Sir Salty Biscuit, Loch Ness Nellies, and many more. Sprinkled with variations on modern names for newspapers, monsters, characters, and inventions, this book will keep the reader laughing and entertained. With a different take on history, this book is a learning tool for the parent or reader to research/explain the true events.

    Author John Powell created a story-line that will appeal to the young at heart and with help reading the book, the young in years. The satire and quips will go over the head of the younger reader. However, the older reader will enjoy the satirical nature of the stories. Saint George, a dauntless hero, saving the day for King and Country, will appeal to the heart of the young reader. Furthermore, the sketches in the book illustrate the essence of the story in the chapter.

    This book would be a good bed time storybook as each chapter is complete in its self. One chapter a night would give the younger reader, nights of enjoyment. At the young age of 66, I enjoyed reading this whimsical book. Author John Powell’s writing style was clear and easy to read which will appeal to all readers.

    STARS 4

    In conclusion, I recommend Saint George Rusty Knight And Monster Tamer, to parent and child for an enjoyable experience in reading and learning. A great book for hours of entertain for parent and/or child.

    Finally, I was provided a copy of this book by way of On Line Book Club, and the author/publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. Furthermore, all book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on line and on my blog under my name are my opinion.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    A. Miller (aka R Antoinette)

    “Saint George” is cute and utterly ridiculous…but in a hilarious, Monty Python-esque kind of way. My review experience of this was completely different than usual, as I read chapters to my three and six-year-old nieces rather than simply enjoying it alone. They loved it as much as I did. The characters each have their own silly quirks and preferences and the monster names are great. I feel that this is nicely set up to read in short bursts, as each chapter is fairly self-contained and has a ‘The End’ wrap-up (though they all fit together). The occasionally picture added to the fun and giggles as well. Mr. Powell truly brought his characters and world to life.

    I would like to have seen a little more variety in theme, but otherwise, I loved this book and the children in my life did too!

    Bottom line: I can’t pronounce the name of the cake, but the monsters love it and my attempts made my nieces laugh, so the struggle was worth it. I highly recommend “Saint George” to the young and the young-at-heart, and really for anyone who enjoys a cute story of the fantastical variety. As my nieces are clamoring for more, I will definitely be looking for other work by this author.

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