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Gr 4-8-Once magic was powerful and very useful, but as the dragons have been dying off, it has been fading. Now its powers are only used for mundane purposes such as rewiring houses or delivering pizzas by magic carpet. With the prediction of the death of the last dragon by Kazam Mystical Arts Management's seers, 15-year old foundling Jennifer Strange, the agency's acting director, is suddenly sent headlong into events that will change her life and the lives of all in the UnUnited Kingdoms. Little does she know the role she is destined to play in the dragon's death or in the coming of what is known as Big Magic. Suddenly Jennifer becomes known as the Last Dragonslayer, and is fighting off commercial endorsements and driving the armored Slayermobile while trying to avoid a war between her kingdom and the neighboring duchy. While this all seems very dark and ominous, Fforde keeps the puns and humor flowing, and populates the tale (Harcourt, 2012) with outrageous individuals and fantastic creatures. The plot is engaging, and Jennifer is a mature and well-developed character whose intelligence, strong morals, and ingenuity help her through some very difficult decisions. Elizabeth Jasicki channels the book's wittiness impeccably, and presents each character with just the right voice and accent, from polite Jennifer to the gruff, wizened Maltcassian the Dragon. Listeners will be captivated by this first title in a trilogy and will eagerly await the further adventures of Jennifer, her pet quarkbeast, and her assistant, Tiger Prawns.-MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"With 'The Last Dragonslayer' fans of Jasper Fforde's best-selling 'Thursday Next' and 'Nursery Crime' series will be delighted that Fforde's talent for world-building, his skewed sense of humor and his searing satire come through full force."
—New York Times Book Review
“Features the same delightful mix of magic and everyday absurdity that characterizes [Fforde’s] other books. . . . Readers both young and adult will get hours of pleasure visiting these Ununited Kingdoms.”
—NPR Books, online review
"Fforde's foray into children's books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture. . . . Reminiscent of Pratchett in tone, this is nevertheless Fforde’s own creature entirely—and entirely satisfying.”
“Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes.”
"Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun.”
At A Glance
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Dragons; Magic
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope
Cliff Hanger: nope. Read more
What a fun ride this book is and lots of great ideas presented. Looking forward to the next in the series. Just grabbed it from the library and going to start it today. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jason Caldwell
Having read many dragon-, magic-, and alternate world books, I must say that this is one of the best, surpassing even the Harry Potter books in terms of imagination, explanation of... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Wise Young
For all the fantasy/sci-fi and adventure readers out there, this is definitely for you.
Very funny, very entertaining and very addictive
Sixteen-year old orphan Jennifer Strange helps manage a boarding house for aging magicians in present-day Wales. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Da Rold
If you read this author should be on your top ten list. So smart, so knowledgeable, such wonderful characters in a genre that is Jasper Fforde's own. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melinda Baird
I just discovered Jasper Fforde's writing, and this was the first book I picked up of his. I have to say, this is the weirdest book I've ever read- and I read a great many books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Penderwall