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Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) (1) Paperback – Illustrated, August 26, 2014
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Praise for Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters #1):
"In this first of the Dragon Masters series, vocabularly is accessible; sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are short; and dialogue moves the story along rapidly. Black-and-white sketch-type drawings add depth to the story and feelings to the characters (both children and dragons). Emergent readers will find happy success here." -- Booklist
"The first of a new series of early chapter books, this entry is sure to attract fans. Brief chapters, large print, lots of action, attractive illustrations in every spread including a maplike panorama, an enviable protagonist -- who wouldn't want to be a Dragon Master? -- all combine to make an entertaining read. With plenty left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly sought after." - Kirkus Reviews
"Each page features wonderfully detailed pencil illustrations which help to support the text." -- Library Media Connection
Praise for BRANCHES books:
"These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -- School Library Journal
"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -- Booklist
About the Author
Graham Howells is a children's book author and illustrator. He also produces artwork for games, television, and film. Howells won the 2009 English Tir na n-Og Award for his book Merlin's Magical Creatures.
- Lexile measure : 510L
- Grade level : 1 - 3
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545646239
- Paperback : 96 pages
- Product dimensions : 5.25 x 0.25 x 7.63 inches
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (August 26, 2014)
- Reading level : 6 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Generally, my son does not like anything scary or anything with “bad guys.” This book has one “scary” part where the main character had a bad dream. There is also another part toward the end that made him a little nervous, but he was hooked on the story at that point. There were no “bad guys.”
This book is great for 1-2 grade readers to read aloud or to themselves. It is also a good book to read to children who are not quite ready to read on their own yet. My almost five year old loved listening to the story. The chapters are short, about 6 pages long and have pictures.
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I chose this book for Aiden (gr. 1 )because it connects well on more than one level: his love of dragons, fantasy and adventure, and also is closely related in theme to one of his favorite movies "How To Train Your Dragon." Part of my decision to select this book for Aiden is that is the first book in a series of at least three more. Toward the end of this book, Drake just starts to connect with his dragon, Worm. There is a cliff hanger (of course) and it even had me wondering what upcoming adventures await Drake and his three fellow Dragon Masters and their dragons, too. Books as part of a series are always a great choice to keep even the most reluctant reader picking up another book.
Only if the illustations were colored and paper was glossy, it would have been more attractive for the kids...the dragons described in the book cud have been more interesting if the book had colorful illustrations...nevertheless, my boys enjoyed the story ...pictures are on all the pages so makes it easier for the kids to imagine along the story...
Young Drake is an onion famer and likely one of the poorest children in King Roland's Kingdom. One day while harvesting onions a soldier rides up and proclaims that Drake has been summoned to the castle. When Drake arrives he is informed that the Dragon stone has indicated he has the ability to become a Dragon master and so he has been brought to the castle to train. But he is not the only student there; the other students are Rori, Bo, and Ana. And each of them already has their own dragon. Drake is soon introduced to his dragon a brown earth dragon, that he names worm. Griffith the wizard is their teacher and advisor. And the one who interprets the Dragon stone. Soon the 4 children are training together but not really getting along well. As the children discover that not everything is as it appears events take a dark turn.
This was a good read, and introduction into the series. It was wonderfully illustrated, and well enough written that I have picked up the other books that are available to give them a read. Young children will love the illustrations and the story. It is a good beginning let's see where the story goes next.