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I tried reading this book to A who is three but she didn't seem to enjoy it. So I read it to K who is 9 and he seemed to enjoy the book more. Pegasus is a dragon that two bear cubs find and take care of until he is too big to live in the castle. When they need to be saved from an evil warlord who is there to save the day? Well Pegasus of course.
Now honestly the illustrations seemed to soft looking in color I think maybe they need to be brightened up a bit.
Second I am not sure about the whole scene where the bears are tied up for the younger kids. As far as my son who is 9 goes he knows that it is just a book and not real but my three year old is another story. She was sad to seem them tied up even though there is a happy ending.
Questions and Answers with K
1. Did you like the book?
"Yes because it was about a dragon and I love dragons."
2. Was there anything that you didn't like in the book?
"No it was good."
3. Do you think others would enjoy this book?
"Yeah I guess they would especially if they like dragons."
Although the plot is fairly common, the book has lovely messages such as kindness comes back to us in unexpected ways. United friends can stand against the strongest bullies. Wild animals should be released into the wild to choose their own way.
When initially releasing the dragon, the King says, “We don’t know how big he’ll get and besides, he’ll be better off in his own. Perhaps he will find another of his own kind and have a family.” I was expecting him to return with the family but there is no indication as to what happened to him in his absent years. It felt a little sad to have him spending the rest of his days as the only dragon in the kingdom.
The formatting is inconsistent. Some paragraphs are indented in some are not. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for the choices.
The illustrations by Stephanie Zuppo appeared to be computer graphics which can be beautiful but, in this instance, seem blurred and even muddy at times. The characters of the three Bears and the dragon are drawn well. The same facial image of Princess Kameela and Prince Dayshawn are used on several pages. On page 11, for example, the bears are frowning with their eyes closed similarly to the picture on pages 8, 9 and 13. Several other pages have identical expressions of an O shaped mouth. Readers need more facial detail and expression in a children’s picture book. There is also a problem with proportion as the dragon’s size seems to change on different pages.
This story is 25 pages long with about 40 to 50 words per page. It would suit a child whose reading level is between picture books and beginning chapter books.
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for this review, which represents my own honest opinion. I was not otherwise compensated in any way for this review.
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