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I am writing this review as dictated to me by my 7 year son (who was literally jumping up and down for joy when he heard it was out).
"Action! It's so creative! I love that it's so 6 and 7 year old friendly. It's really really cool! It's cool because every Danny Dragonbreath book has a big problem that Danny and his friends have to solve. It really should be called the adventures of Danny and Wendell - you'd think they were brothers. I really like that Danny and Wendell are such good friends. And that is all."
Now, from a Mom perspective ... this is the latest book in this great series, and it doesn't disappoint. I love that the books slip in a little bit of science and critical thinking along with the fun action. Danny, Wendell, and Christiana are good role models for children, and Danny's cheerful outlook on life is quite infectious.
The illustrations are great, and the writing is fast paced and appealing to younger readers and parents alike. I recommend the series highly.
I just love, love, love Danny Dragonbreath and Wendell. And the stories which include Christiana are even more entertaining as there is a certain dynamic in the Danny/Christiana relationship that just cracks me up. And Wendell's fear of having to eat more organic health food creations rings true to my heart as that is how my own mother was. I really do think I might even enjoy these stories more than my 7 year old does! (Shhhhhhh!)
One thing that does disappoint me though is that I cannot lend these Kindle books. They are not cheap, that's for sure (especially for a Kindle book on which I typically will spend no more than $4) and I know if I were able to lend mine out, Ms. Vernon would have another large group of fans...none of the parents I know are familiar with the Danny Dragonbreath series, and I know they would love it. Maybe put some kind of limitation on lending...like a max of 2 times per book, or something. Especially with its price!
We all have our own book interests. I've found this of interest for some of my high school level struggling readers. The series runs about 4th grade level. I read with my child and felt it was all over the map and hard to follow. That was my opinion as an avid book reader and individual who has spent thousands of my own money on my class library books for students. It has some visuals but I just don't like the story lines but have had students read front to finish and liked it.
I own the rest of the series and frankly this is just as weirdly funny and fresh as Ursula Vernon's first book in the series. I have no children, I'm allergic to them, but I love these books as a way to let my inner child romp. It keeps her from getting into much worse... trust me.
I wish Vernon had even more Dragonbreath books. We absolutely love them. As a parent, I like reading them, and my 4-year-old loves the stories. They're funny and sarcastic so that adults won't lose their minds reading them, and the story and pictures are compelling so kids are interested. I can't say enough good things about the Dragonbreath series.
This is a great fantasy series for the younger set. This is a perfect book for grades 1 - 4. It is partly graphic with large size print and short chapters so great for new or recluctant readers. My son has the entire set and they are a big hit at the school library.