This is a record of all the books I read or listen to.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerrlizzi
DiTerlizzi is most famous for his series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. This book is like that series in some ways. It is a short fast read, and deals with a child discovering that magical creatures are real. This book, however, is much less intense and scary than the Spiderwick Chronicles. Kenny is the son of a simple farmer. One day the farmer comes home all a blither because he has seen a dragon on their property. Kenny is an adventurous young rabbit (yes, the family are rabbits) and he goes to the hill to see the dragon for himself. The dragon, Grahame, turns out to be kind, intelligent, and cultured, and Kenny and he become instant friends. Not everyone in the village feels as friendly to Grahame, so the King calls on his famous dragon slayer, Sir George, to dispatch the creature. It is up to Kenny to find a way to keep the town from hurting Grahame, and visa versa. This is a cute, non-threatening adventure story. Kenny, Grahame, Kenny's parents, and even George have comfortable, likeable personalities. This book is a good choice for kids who like How to Train Your Dragon as either a read alone, or read aloud. (151 p)