Book Review by Aarene Storms: Kenny and the Dragon

Monday, March 26, 2018

Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Young Kenneth Rabbit spends most of his time reading books: science books, history books, mystery books.

Most of all, Kenny loves fairy tales and natural history--and he's pretty sure that both topics are valid.

Then the Dragon appears: a huge, hairy, scaly, fire-breathing dragon called Grahame (like the cracker but with an e) who quotes poetry, paints sunsets, and enjoys a nice creme brulee for dessert after dinner.

Kenneth...Grahame. Get it?

The villagers -- and even the king -- are all set to see an exciting dragon-slaying, but Kenny and Grahame and an elderly bookseller named George have an alternate plan. 

Prettily illustrated by the author after the style of Wallace Tripp, the story lilts along in a very familiar way, assuming you are familiar with Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon.  (**Now do you get it?!?!)

The ending is sweet, and the book would be easy to share with young friends.

Recommended for readers ages 10 to adult and for listeners ages 5 and up.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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