Friday, June 20


Ursula Vernon
(Dragonbreath #1)

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 9780142420959
Publisher: Puffin
Date of publication: June 11, 2009
Age: Grades 2 - 4
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Themes: underwater adventure, best friends, homework, bully

Danny Dragonbreath may not be the best student. He may put his best friend, Wendall the iguana, in various dangerous circumstances. He may still be struggling with the whole breathing fire thing. But that doesn't stop him from being awesome. And if he has to do a report about the ocean, then he will explore the ocean. Giant squid or no.

I liked it. I did. I mean, Danny is just that average student that I think a lot of boys can relate to. The idea is kind of weird: a lone dragon attending a school for reptiles and amphibians and he seems to be the only semi-mythical creature around. But hey, he's a cool kid and knows how to handle dangerous situations (dive in head first). In the end, I appreciated the writing with a good mix of vocabulary, I liked the real life emotions/struggles being examined (dealing with a bully, the consequences of procrastinating homework, etc.), and I like Danny. He's a cute little dragon. I'm not going the read the many other books in the series, but I think kids would enjoy them.

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