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DRAGON, DRAGON: AND OTHER TALES

Author: John Gardner

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Publisher: Open Road Publishing, 2010

Material: Galley

Summary: Dragon, Dragon is a collection of four original stories with dragons and giants; princesses and kings; and common folk who are heroes. They are new tales, but with a very classic, timeless feel. These stories are a cross between a fairy tale and a fable.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: These were fun stories with a traditional fable/fairy tale feel. The events were not completely predictable, though an experienced reader could tell you the probable outcome. The pages are dense with text, and the stories could benefit from some black-and-white sketches to keep young listener's attention. These would be ideal as an audio book.

Pros: Clever characters in traditional settings combine in four very original stories. Each offers laugh-out-loud moments and life lessons as well.

Cons: The text is very descriptive but may be too much for some audiences.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. These are fun stories to share and you'll likely read them over and over again.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GRANDMOTHERS' STORIES; Wise Woman Tales from Many Cultures   A FOREST OF STORIES   RABBIT COOKS UP A CUNNING PLAN

Educational Themes: Despite being set in Medieval times, these stories have life lessons kids can appreciate today. The characters have enough meat to them that you could talk about their choices. For example, "The Miller's Mule" offers a very interesting contrast in trust and friendship. It would also be fun to compare these with other well-known stories (like Rumpelstiltskin)

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. asked the publisher for the opportunity to review a PDF version of this title via NetGalley.com. The request was for the purpose of reviewing the book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, fables and folklore, fairy tale, life lessons, humor, middle grade, dragons

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2011

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