Saturday, October 1, 2011

Super-Dragon by Steven Kroll

Signs announcing a contest brings a family of dragons together, preparing to compete, except for the smallest dragon, Drago. "You're too little."
"You don't know how to fly yet."
"Maybe next year...when you're bigger."

Drago wishes he could join his family in the big competition but they are right, he can't fly....yet. Drago must learn to fly and soon finds a very knowledgable teacher, a bird! Try, try again and soon Drago is flying figure eights with the best of them. The day of the big competition arrives and Drago's specialty is still a secret. Drago hates sitting by watching his family as they lost one contest after another. The final competition is the figure 8 contest. Drago must do something. Can he, the smallest and youngest in his family, help his family become victorious? Great message as Drago had to try over and over before he was successful in flying. Reluctant readers may find this graphic novel-ish (new word I just invented, better call Mr. Webster) appealing. Great especially for reluctant boy readers - because of the style as well as the dragon, competition theme.

Text: 4 Buckeye leaves - I like the message though I am not a fan of the graphic novel-ish books but realize they have a place
Illustrations: 4 Buckeye leaves

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