It’s not a good story until you’ve introduced the dragon. Or dragons. Here are a few recently devoured books that have a dragon on the cover. Recognize any of them?
Question of the Day: What dragon-centric stories would you recommend?
I may not have completed my Goodreads goal of 50 titles this year, but I did a decent job with just under 35 books, mostly from the Middle Grade shelf. I won’t bore you with copy/pasted summaries of every book I read (you can hit up my Reading Challenge page for that if you like, though) but I will share some of my highlights.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
“For a Hero cannot triumph all the time. Sometimes he will be defeated, and how he faces that defeat is a test of his character.”
I finally completed the How to Train Your Dragon series this year. What starts out as a short and silly lower Middle Grade series quickly becomes a fast-paced adventure with a hero who can’t seem to do anything right, a naughty little dragon, and a tribe of Hooligans that will keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages eagerly. My favorite detail is the abundance of illustrations that decorate nearly every page. They’re informal, sketchy, and perfect for setting off a child’s imagination. Just be prepared for a little dragon dung humor in the first couple of books.
“They say that to live in the Wilds, you have to be half-wild yourself. Or at least very brave. And Zane is both.”
—Byways Book 6: Into the Hills by C. J. Milbrandt
I have a weakness for books with pretty covers. And books with pretty illustrations. The Byways Books have really cool illustrations of some of the details from the story scattered inside. My favorites are ones with magical creatures or cute animals inside. That’s probably why Book 6 is my favorite (so far)!
What book is currently your favorite for the illustrations alone?