Rummanah Aasi
  Tony DiTerlizzi is probably most known for his contributions to the popular and best selling Spiderwick Chronicles series for children. He brings the same amount of whimsical and energetic feeling to one of his stand alone titles called Kenny and the Dragon. The book not only celebrates friendship but also the love of the reading.

Description: Kenny Rabbit befriends a dragon named Grahame. Grahame is very different from the dragons that Kenny has read in his beloved books. When the people of Roundbrook village find out that there is a dragon living in their community, they call for an immediate extermination. Will Kenny lose his new best friend?

Review: I really enjoyed Kenny and the Dragon. I loved Kenny, who is both bookish and adorable. I also loved learning about the misunderstood, intelligent, and very funny Grahame. Young readers will easily be able to follow the straightforward story. They would also enjoy the themes of diversity, debunking stereotypes, and the joys of reading. Adults will enjoy the literary allusions and innuendos in the story. The illustrations are great and add another layer to the story.  I haven't read the original classic story by Kenneth Grahame, but you don't really need to read it before reading this book. Overall, a great story for all ages. Recommended for Grades 3 to 6. 

Rating: 4.5 stars

Words of Caution: None.

If you like this book try: The original story called The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame or The BFG by Roald Dahl
2 Responses
  1. Twimom227 Says:

    Sounds great. You say "recommended grades 3-6" is that because of reading level or content? Would my 1st grader enjoy the story if I read it to him? He likes the Magic Tree House series and Secrets of Droon series.

    What about the Spiderwick Chronicles - okay for his age?

  2. Twimom: I recommended it for Grades 3 to 6 because of the reading level. If you read it to your 1st grader, then it should be ok. The Spiderwick Chronicles should also be ok as long as you read them together. You might want to preview it because I think there may be some "scary" creatures or scenes since it's a fantasy book.

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