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The Dragonbreath series has been a breath of fresh air. Don't get me wrong, I love the classic children's literature but as an adult I get tired of reading them over and over. These stories follow Danny, a dragon who can't breath fire, and his best friend Wendell through some precarious adventures.
The stories are well written, and there are well placed illustrations to drive some of the points home. We initially picked up these books to help one of our foster children want to learn to read. We were looking for something fun that he might latch on to in order to spark an interest, and these certainly helped.
This particular episode takes us to Mythological Japan where Ninja and Samurai still feud and trivial pursuit is played. Follow Danny, Wendell, and new friend Suki on their quest with Ninja Frogs fast on their heels.
Our 8 yr old son LOVED the Dragon Breath series because they make him "Laugh his head off!". He has read every book in the series, a few of them in a day. When asked why he likes these books he said "Because they have good characters, are funny, adventurous, and the story lines are crazy - crazy AWESOME!". All of theses things make this book and the others in the series incredibly interesting to a kiddo who enjoys funny adventures.
As a parent I appreciate that they are funny without being totally stupid and that they are easy to read without being "dumbed down". I would say the reading level is higher than Big Nate but not as high as say Harry Potter. These are great transition books for readers who need a bit more of a challenge. However they are also great for more advanced readers who just want to read a great story about an amazing adventure.
Overall a great series and I would highly recommend for the 8-9 yr old set.
My 7 year old son isn't a huge fan of reading, but we do REALLY enjoy this series. Both of us. It always causes me great physical and psychological pain when I read these major series by major authors (I'm looking at you, R.L Stine...) and there are so many grammatical errors that you could choke a horse with them. Ursela Vernon impresses me every time. Really well written, fun and engaging books that my reluctant reader actually looks forward to. I cannot wait to get the rest of the series and I am definitely going to get the Hamster Princess series too.
Don't miss these. They are superior in their genre.
This is a children's book, and I am well beyond that age, but I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud at some places. I like the style of these books; a combination of prose and graphic novel with some of the action taking place within a graphic format. Ursula Vernon's drawings are magical and the expressiveness of the ninja frogs and the various lizards and dragons are a delight. I think this would be a great book to read to a child in a close situatuion where the pictures can be shared. Just be prepared to have to explain why you are laughing at different places.
Whenever I take my 7 year old to the bookstore, he always shoots down every book I pick out for him. I knew he would like this series if he gave it a chance, so I told him he could pick a book and I was picking one. Once he started reading the first book in the series he looked over at me and asked me how it is that I am always right. He loved the book! He read the second book in one day! He begged to get off the boat yesterday just so he could read it. I love listening to him laugh as he reads, and pondering aloud why it is Dragonbreath can't breathe fire all the time.
He is definitely hooked, and I have recommended it to all my friends with kids in this age group!