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Kenny & the Dragon Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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About the Author
Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Tony DiTerlizzi retells the story in more modern times yet still in a fantasy world. In DiTerlizzi's version the main character Kenny is a schoolboy, or actually, a rabbit who dresses in human clothes and acts like a human. All the characters in this book are animals living as humans. Kenny is a gifted child, a bookworm consumed with teaching himself anything and everything that interests him. Kenny is different than his peers, due to his intelligence. His best friend is an elderly bookstore owner named George, who retired from some kind of work with the King.
The dragon, named Grahame, comes to live on Kenny's family's farm. Kenny befriends the dragon, who in addition to being friendly and peaceful also loves books and is an autodidact, who loves Shakespeare and can even play the piano. The dragon is having a splendid life until the villagers find out of his existence and the King calls for his execution. The rest goes along as with the tale as penned by Kenneth Grahame.
The story moves at a fast pace and never slows down. I was hooked into the story and wanted to find out the outcome.
The publisher states this book is for independent reading by children of ages 9-12.Read more ›
The dragon lived on Shepard's Hill
Just near the Parrish Creek
Young Kenny Rabbit ventured near
So he could sneak a peek
Grahame was the dragon's name
Like crackers with an "e"
He and Kenny soon were friends
And bonded happily
But far too soon the news got out
Spread by the town naysayer
The King issued a summons for
His trusted dragon slayer
So what on earth can Kenny do?
Is Grahame to be slain?
The rabbit has to find a way
To stop the hate campaign
According to the English tale
St. George defeats his dragon
But hopefully this time around
There won't be a toe tag on
Told in simple language and beautifully illustrated, this book would be fun reading for the 8 to 10 age group. It emphasizes the benefits of reading and creative thinking, the dangers of jumping to conclusions, while stressing the importance of a support network of family and friends.
(Note: I did think it rather strange that a rabbit who runs a farm and lives near a village of talking animals manages to own a flock of non-talking sheep, but I'll put that down to artistic license and maybe some dumb sheep)
Amanda Richards, September 13, 2008
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like how the author described about every character and ow they looked. The best part was when gordon was fighting the dragon and kill him. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MINECRAFT
I mean it was really slow and I was not proud to read it so yea I mean it was horrible but i had to read for a book report soPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. It reads very well and the characters are super engaging. I had some trouble with the digital content. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven R. Giddens
This book is a very well written and engaging retelling of The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame; names in the book give homage to the original authors (including Ernest H. Read morePublished 13 months ago by happy mom
This is the best book I have read in quite a while. It is funny with sadness, too. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a good fiction book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kathleen C
I bought this book as "used" and it was almost in pristine condition, I think the book has never been opened ;-) And plus, my son loved it !!! Great story !!Published 16 months ago by VBcolley