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Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen

Waking Dragons (edition 2012)

by Jane Yolen, Derek Anderson (Illustrator)

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Title:Waking Dragons
Authors:Jane Yolen
Other authors:Derek Anderson (Illustrator)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 32 pages
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"Waking Dragon" was a sweet and simple book, which I enjoyed. Jane Yolen writes about what dragons do when they rise. The story is set up like a poem, there are many rhymes and phrases. For example, "Then all dragons skip and scamper down the hall on four big feet to the kitchen where they eat." There are many sections like this in the book that have a playful and entertaining tone. The book also has the capability of getting into the imagination of the inner child in you. Everyone once believed in dragons, and Jane Yolen does a great job of brining your imagination to life. The illustrations, done by Derek Anderson, take up the whole entire page of the book, there is no room left for white. Also, the illustrations take up more space than the actual text of the book. The boy and his dog are very tiny , while the dragons fill up the page. Lastly, Anderson did a wonderful job at making the dragons look sweet and fun, because no body wants a mean dragon. I do not believe that there is a specific message to this story besides that if you have a pet you should take the best care of it, no matter what animal it is. ( )
  bridgetmcnamara | Apr 14, 2015 |
I loved this book and would definitely use it in the future. The main idea of the book is to entertain children by providing silly human traits to dragons. I enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, I really liked the fun language. For example, "Dragons rise, dragons open dragon eyes." The rhyming words makes it fun to read and is great for emergent readers. I also loved the colorful pictures. It was like the illustrations were animated and were taken right off of a movie. It really brought the book to life. Lastly, the humor in this book was great for children to be engaged. For example, a dragon puts their clothes in the hamper. Children are going to find this hilarious, therefore it will keep them engaged for the entire story.
  bmalon6 | Mar 23, 2015 |
Cute and good for read-aloud, especially after lunch or some other activity.
  Climbing-books | Dec 18, 2014 |
A quick but fun-filled story about a boy who is responsible for two young dragons. Just as his mom wakes him up every morning for school, and makes his breakfast, this young 'knight-in-training' helps his young dragons get ready for dragon school. This was a great read, and probably something readers 1st-3rd grade would enjoy. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 11, 2014 |
When a little knight is tasked with waking the dragons for school by his mother, it proves to be quite the endeavor. Not only do stubborn dragons have to be rousted out of bed, but they must be fed a breakfast of waffles with syrup, and of course, they must be outfitted with the proper gear (goggles and a scarf, if you were unaware, is proper gear for a dragon). Eventually, though, despite a slow start by the disgruntled dragons, the little boy’s tenacity pays off: the dragons are ready and able to fly the boy to Knight School as well as go to their own school.

In addition to a rhyming scheme that allows for children to predict the next few lines, the text often takes the shape of whatever is happening (i.e., when dragons skip and scamper, the letters skip and scamper across the page). However, this may cause a problem for children with dyslexia or one that has difficulties with the printed word. Even without the text, though, the illustrations tell a perfect story: the vibrant, bold colors of the acrylic paint illustrations are perfectly suited for a book about beginning the day, and the colors just add to the overall energy of the book. Children will also be amused by the tiny details in the illustrations: for example, when brushing the dragon’s teeth, the little boy’s dog is holding a spray can with the label “In Case of Dragon Breath.” As the dragons become more energized for the day, so will readers, and so this book would be best left to the mornings or afternoons, when settling down isn’t the main goal. Recommended. Ages 3 to grade 1. ( )
  krmajor | Nov 15, 2014 |
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In the morning, dragons wake up, tumble out of bed, and get ready to fly into the sky.

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