Friday, August 14, 2009
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath is the only mythical creature in a school of reptiles. He and his best friend Wendell (an iguana) are at the bottom of the heap, constantly bullied by Big Eddy the Komodo dragon and his dreepy friends. Danny also hasn't quite managed to breathe fire yet.
But that's not really important. Other people (or reptiles) around Danny may worry about such things, but not him! He's just waiting for the next adventure, whether it's dreaming about pirates, protecting himself from attacking potato salad, writing his ocean report at the last minute and getting an F...
Uh-oh. Danny has one chance to rewrite his report. And who better to help than his Cousin Edward, who just happens to be a sea serpent? Danny and Wendell are off on the ultimate adventure undersea, where they'll encounter artistic octopi, vicious sharks, massive whales, the Kraken, and a host of other exotic, gross, and terrifying creatures.
The story is told in a mixture of green and black comics and text, each blending smoothly together. The wacky humor and factual information is excellently and smoothly mixed.
Verdict: Hand this to fans of Captain Underpants, kids interested in the ocean, comic-lovers, and fans of Cressida Cowell. This review sounds rather bland but...seriously this is an AMAZING story!
ISBN: 978-0803733633; Published June 2009 by Dial; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library (2 copies); Purchased for my personal collection