Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dragon Tales

Dragons seem to be a big deal on the book shelves these days. So here are two quick reviews of books for your kids to enjoy.

"How to Train your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword"
By Cressida Cowell
For Ages 8 - 14
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon, Toothless star in the very entertaining ninth adventure of the "How to Train your Dragon" series. A dragon rebellion, featuring Tonguetwisters and Vampire Ghouldeaths that are attacking the Archipelago. Can Hiccup save the day? To do so, he’ll have to outwit a witch, beat his arch nemesis and with one sword battle an angry horde of dragons. 
What’s good: Compelling action and adventure and that will keep even reluctant readers enthralled.
            What’s bad: After nine books some of the content seems predictable.

"Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy"
By Tui T. Sutherland
For Ages 8 - 12
Fans of the “Warriors” series should find “Dragonet Prophecy” series equally entertaining. Follow this diverse world of dragons as they try to avert war. The action is plentiful, as is the adventure. They always seem to go hand-in-hand. The dragons show all the traits of humans – selflessness, bravery, anger, rage and more. Kids will be able to relate to the dragons and eagerly read their continuing tales as the series progresses. 
What’s good: Interesting characters and plenty of adventure.
          What’s bad: Dark, moody and possibly too violent for younger readers.