Sunday, 17 October 2010

Fluffy Review - Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Kenny and the Dragon is a sweet little illustrated novel about a small rabbit called Kenny and the dragon Grahame that is found to be living on the hill belonging to their farm. Kenny is a young rabbit who has a great love of reading but not too many friends. When his father returns to their farm in a panic one evening, Kenny finds out it was due to a fact that he has found a large dangerous dragon up on Shepard's Hill.

After reading about dragons, Kenny is eager to go investigate further after reading about dragons in the Kings Royal Bestiary and sets off with makeshift armour of a pot, pan and broom. Upon finding the dragon Kenny soon realises that Grahame is definitely not what he expected and they become best friends. Trouble is brewing though when the rest of the small town realises that there is a dragon about and plan to rid their town of what they believe to be a terrible beast.

I loved the character of Kenny who was adorable and his love for reading is perfect, especially in a children's book which I hope will promote reading to children. Grahame is a wonderful dragon and I loved that he was different from the stereotypical dragon and he is good at promoting that you should never judge a book by its cover, you have to get to know someone first as Kenny got to know Grahame.

I really enjoyed this novel even though it is aimed at children much younger than myself. It was a great read which was the perfect length with just the right amount of description to tell you all you need to know and keep you interested. It was a sweet little story and perfect for children and those of us who are older but still like to be children sometimes.

I loved the illustrations, they were perfect and I loved how they added to the key scenes in the book so we could see the characters just as Tony DiTerlizzi imagined and I am looking forward to reading more of Tony's work in the future.

I give Kenny and the Dragon 4 out of 5 stars

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