Kenny and the Dragon, by Tony DiTerlizzi
What do you do when your new best buddy has been designated a scourge by the community and marked for imminent extermination? Just ask Kenny Rabbit. When the simple folks in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook catch wind that there’s a dragon running loose in the countryside, they get the wrong idea and the stage is set for a fight to the death. So it’s up to Kenny to give his neighbors front-row seats to one of the best-known battles in history — the legendary showdown between St. George and the dragon — without losing a friend in the fray.
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)
Humorous and charming, Kenny and the Dragon has joined my list of favorite lower middle grade reads. It is bright and sweet. It has a beautiful feel to it that I miss in most middle grade books that I read.
There is a tiny bit of suspense, but nothing over the top or inappropriate for young children. I read this to my five year old and she absolutely adored it. Tony’s illustrations are fantastic, as always, and really add to the atmosphere and charm of the book.
I am really impressed with Tony’s work. He makes up half of the brains that brought us The Spiderwick Chronicles, and now he has delighted us yet again with another book entirely written and illustrated by himself. I’m a big fan.
About the Author/Illustrator:
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books with Simon and Schuster for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like, “Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure”, “Adventure of Meno” (with his wife, Angela) and “The Spider & The Fly” (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like “Kenny and The Dragon” and “The Search for WondLa”, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries.