- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Listening Library (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807279870
- ISBN-13: 978-0807279878
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,000,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dragonslayers Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, Audiobook
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When the witch Grizelda decides to get revenge on King Mildred, she conjures up the fiercest dragon the kingdom has ever seen
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Grizelda believes that her family was killed and she blames King Mildred. To get her revenge, she creates a dragon more fierce than any dragon before it and sets it lose on the king's town. When news reaches the king, he calls his knights together to get a volunteer to slay the beast. His knights seriously lack in bravery and Elizar, an old squire, ends up being the first volunteer. Joining him is Brian, a young page. While they outfit themselves for their adventure, Princess Wilhelmina has ideas of her own.
Willie's father has offered half the kingdom AND Willie's hand in marriage to the man who slays the dragon, and Willie is not about to let her fate be decided in such a way. Sneaking off in disguise, Willie plans to kill the dragon herself, and win her freedom. The three meet up with creatures of the forest and, eventually, each other. They end up facing the dragon together and everyone, even Grizelda, gets their heart's desire... but how that happens, you'll have to read to discover.
Written for ages 8-12, The Dragonslayers is one of the few kids' books I've read lately that might transcend gender. There's enough action for boys and the character of Willie in the role of heroine ought to appeal to girls. The language is "wrong" for the time period, but absolutely perfect for young readers (lots of "thou"s and "thee"s would only make it hard to read for most kids, so no one will miss them!). The story seems to me to be very tongue-in-cheek, which I think kids will grasp even before adults do. A quick, fun read, as to be expected from any book that begins with the sentence "Do you have the lizard snot?".
The story itself is timeless: Kill a dragon destroying the kingdom. The characters are caricatures, however, and all seem to have come out of a character-factory. The story zips along nicely, with plenty of action, but gets muddled due to an excessive amount of characters who have very little to do to the plot besides pad the pages.
Overall, I'm not sure what audience Coville was trying to reach. The dialogue and some of the situations seem designed for Grades 5-8, but the lack of details and amount of silliness seem intended for kids in grades 2-4.
I wouldn't read this aloud to my 2nd grades, but might give it to a 4th grade teacher to share.
This is a very good book. I read this book in two days, because I kept on reading it and did not stop. Whenever I had a chance during school time, I read this book; I even brought it to lunch.
Liz Levin, age 8