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World's Oldest Living Dragon

by Kate McMullan

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The World's Oldest Living Dragon follows the antics of some of the students at the Dragon Slayer's Academy as they try to find a way to prevent their school from being burned down by an old dragon in search of gold. The students discover that the only way to defeat the dragon without gold is to say an extremely long poem for the dragon complete with dance steps, which only the old knights at a local retirement home know. Unfortunately, there isn't time to teach the poem and dance to the students, so they have to get the "geezers" back in shape to disguise as students and do the poem to save the school!

The fantasy tale, complete with ink pictures at various times in the book, has a very tongue-in-cheek tone, with the students often using modern terms when describing the fantasy setting. For example, how many actual fantasy worlds have retirement homes for knights? The story ends up sending the message that no matter how old and frail you are, you can still improve yourself enough to save the day even if you work at it. This tale will certainly entertain any young fans of fantasy, and it's wordy enough that it won't embarrass those needing a little easier text. ( )
  jackiediorio | Dec 20, 2011 |
Wiglaf, Angus, and Erica attend the Dragon Slayers Academy, and exclusive prep school for future dragon slayers. For a school project they are instructed to volunteer at Ye Olde Home for Aged Knights. During their time there, Grizzlegore, the oldest living dragon, tries to blackmail the school out of all it's gold. With the help of the old timers at the home, the three future dragon slayers save the day.

The only real fantasy element in this story is the dragon. While the plot is original--it's cute how Sir Lancelot and other legendary people are portrayed--I would not call this book "ingenious". This seems like a poor take off of the Harry Potter series--two mischievous boys and a girl who live at a special school have adventures. Ages 7 - 11.
  DWMSLibrarian | Nov 12, 2011 |
  BRCSBooks | Oct 11, 2011 |
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Sir Mort engineers a class trip to a home for "olde" knights. But when the lads and lasses arrive, they discover that Sir Lancelot has decided he’s had enough of hacking and whacking and is ready for retirement himself. Find out how Erica (his most fervent admirer), Wiglaf, and the rest of the gang get Lancelot back in action, battling the feared Grizzlegore, the world’s oldest living dragon.

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Wiglaf and his classmates come to appreciate their elders when they learn that only a group of retired knights can save their school from the world's oldest living dragon, Grizzlegore--if they can get back in shape in time.

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