Book Review: Sterling and Nugget the Dragon by Judd B. Shaw

Available December 6.

As the first story in Judd B. Shaw’s Sterling the Knight series of medieval adventures, Sterling and Nugget the Dragon teaches how kindness is mightier than the sword. 

In a land far away, many fear a dragon named Nugget—including Sterling, a brave young boy, who dreams of becoming a knight. Sterling sets out to slay the dragon, until his quest presents him with a choice: fight or help. In choosing kindness and compassion, Sterling becomes a true knight. 

Sterling and Nugget the Dragon fosters growth in a child’s social and emotional development. Sterling’s story will encourage the knight in shining armor within any child!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Smith Publicity. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Sterling and Nugget the Dragon is an adorable story about Sterling who wants to slay a dragon. When he finds the dragon though, things don’t go quite as he thought. Luckily, Sterling has compassion and what happens next is better than slaying a dragon!

Both Sterling and Nugget are great characters who children will love reading about. It also delivers a message that kindness is a better option than violence. The illustrations by Marrieta Gal are delightful with vibrant colors that will keep the attention of youngsters.

I can’t wait to read this one to my grandsons!

About the Author

Judd Shaw loves to bring out his inner knight in shining armor. He does that through his work as an attorney representing injury victims and by creative writing. Judd shares his passion for helping others with his imaginary character, Sterling the Knight.

Judd is Founder and Brand Chief of Judd Shaw Injury Law, and hosts The Judd Shaw Way Podcast. A sought-after speaker, Judd often presents at national conferences on the subjects of client service and corporate culture. Judd is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He believes that empathy can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his writing.

Judd grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has lived in six states, including his home state of New Jersey. He attended Arizona State University and received his bachelor of science from William Paterson University, and his juris doctorate law degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.

He’s currently working on the second book in the Sterling the Knights series, centering on Sterling going to knight’s training school. Learn more at