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K-Gr 1 When his family sees a sign for a Flying Contest, little Drago wants to compete, but his parents and older siblings remind him that he can t fly. Determined, the youngster finds a bird to give him lessons. The little dragon practices every night and becomes particularly adept at figure eights. On the day of the contest, it is expected that he will watch while others fly. However, when the final event, the Figure Eight Contest, is announced, Drago cannot keep his feet on the ground, proving that high aspirations and perseverance pay off. While the plot is simple and predictable, the superhero image is sure to draw children to it. The text is presented in word balloons or inset boxes. The sweeping strokes, bold curving lines, and bright colors of the artwork will appeal to fans of animation and graphic novels. --School Library Journal, May, 2011

Grades K-3 Being a little dragon doesn t mean you can t do great things. Drago is very sad when he learns that he is unable to compete in the upcoming dragon contest because he can t fly, so he begins taking flying lessons from a bird. Practicing secretly with his new friend, Drago learns to fly, becoming particularly adept at figure eights. On the day of the big dragon contest, Drago saves the day when his older family members falter. Kroll s straightforward text and Holgate s vivid pictures make for a pleasant story. Not a deep storyline but a tale that will delight young dragon lovers as a read-aloud or an independent read. Recommended. --Library Media Connection, Steven Hadge

About the Author

Author Steven Kroll is the author of many beloved picture books for children, including Pooch on the Loose: A Christmas Adventure, illustrated by Michael Garland, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, illustrated by Jeni Bassett, and A Tale of Two Dogs, illustrated by Mike Reed. He lives with his wife in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator Doug Holgate lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2nd
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458197
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ashertopia TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
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In dragonland there will be a flying competition. Unfortunately, young dragon can't fly so he can't compete. After feeling dejected he asks a bird to teach him how to fly and then quickly masters figure 8s. When the competition comes around he shows everyone how awesomely he can fly figure 8s and wins!

Normally, I don't give away the story, but this book is definitely not for you (if you are reading this review), so we should be good. This book is for very young children who are being read to. My 3 year old loves it, for example. I say definitely not for you because I didn't enjoy reading it. There just isn't much to root for. It's a rushed story, with no perserverance, and little pay off. The young dragon learns to read on one splash page! (Which is like 20% of the book, since it is so short.)

So what has this book got going for it? It looks great. The art is fantastic and colorful. The hardback and cover are very well done and give the impression of richness.

What's wrong with the book? The dragon doesn't learn a lesson; he teaches a lesson. "Take that older dragons who didn't believe in me based on facts, like I couldn't fly" he seems to be saying. It's compressed and over in just a few pages. The listener won't learn any lessons.

Overall, a pretty book with a story that is actually a little off morally that children will enjoy. A very mixed bag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schiefelbein VINE VOICE on December 12, 2012
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Steven Kroll wrote and Doug Holgate illustrated this short (28-page) tale of Drago the young dragon. Drago is the youngest sibling in a dragon family and everyone thinks he's too young to fly. His sibs are going to compete in a big flying contest (figure eights) and they are the usual older siblings - cocky in their own talents and dismissive of the younger dragon's talents.

Drago enlists the help of a little bird to help him learn to fly, and he sneaks away at night to practice without his family knowing. Eventually, at the big day, Drago can't help himself and he's the best flyer in the family.

This is a nice little story of personal achievement, daring, and hard work. I don't understand why it has to be so short, though. The little bird is not fleshed out at all as a character - why does he help Drago? Why do Drago's siblings perform so badly on the big day? These are questions that my six-year old asked when we read the story together, and I admit that the book would have been better with four or eight more pages. It just feels incomplete.

On the good side, the drawings are terrific and there are some little comic gems in here (I won't spoil it, but the name of the rival dragon flying team is hilarious).

Recommended, but not a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stokes VINE VOICE on April 18, 2013
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I was very disappointed in this book. I picked it up to read to my 2 year old, in hopes that he'd like dragons as much as his daddy does. Upon reading it, I was rather disappointed.

Pros:
- Lovely front and back cover artwork, in a comic book style. The artwork in the book is similarly good - for the foreground characters.

Cons:
- Overall, the story is dull, with a lot of gaps. He's 2, so he won't pick up on it, but a 5-6 year old certainly would. It's like - adults say he can't fly, Drago finds a random bird to teach him to fly, he learns to fly, his parents fail at a contest, then he wins the contest. Echoing many other reviewers - it's not a positive message for a kid. At ALL.
- There are few if any backgrounds. Lots of white space fills the pages, giving the book an unfinished feel.
- One of the characters is called Thunderbutt. I'm not a prude, but I don't see the need to use butt in a book for 2 year olds - since I don't want him repeating it.
- It skips around a lot and seems like a few pages are missing overall. I'd shoot for a different book and leave this one on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melaina Lara VINE VOICE on December 16, 2012
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I got this for my 7 year old who is totally into both comics, (big fan of Calvin and Hobbs), and comic book style books, (diary of a wimpy kid). He is a little advanced for his age level reading, but I thought that this would be alright anyway. It's alright, yes, but it's not very compelling of a story line, it's short and very simplistic. The illustrations are amazing and beautiful to look at, but the writing and story fell way below the age estimate, in my opinion.
It does, however, make an excellent story time read aloud, it's just long enough and short enough, (5 min. tops). In a happy trade, my 7 year old loves reading it to my 5 month old, so for that Super Dragon is super.
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I'd hoped this would be a cute book to read to my 2 year old son, as his daddy thinks dragons are pretty cool. I'll give it that- the dragons are neat looking, but the book is sorely lacking in a few key areas.

Pros:
- Lovely comic book style art, well drawn and well rendered on the page. The artwork on the covers really stands out.

Cons:
- The story. It's bland, uninspired, doesn't teach any sort of lesson, and I've found myself wondering what pages are missing. As an adult, yes, I realize it's not for me, but there's no motivation anywhere, and some of the terms are just weird. He wins a fire extinguisher, and $25? Okay, that's a bit strange. One page we see the bird, and on the next page the book says "Drago took lessons from Tweet." Um, Tweet's the bird, I guess, who was never mentioned by name. It's just disjointed.
- There are few backgrounds. The foreground art is great, but most pages are just tons of white space with the foreground characters. It makes the book look incomplete.
- Some random characters we never see or hear mention of again are called the Thunderbutts. Come on, I'm no prude, but I don't want to randomly read out Thunderbutts to my son.
- The title is weak, at best. Super Dragon? What does that even mean? It's not very creative, at least.

Overall, it's a well drawn children's book with a story too simplistic for most children - and not brief enough to be truly simply like a board book. It's a split the difference scenario that just doesn't work.
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