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Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Dragonbreath (edition 2009)

by Ursula Vernon, Ursula Vernon (Illustrator)

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Authors:Ursula Vernon
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Info:Dial (2009), Hardcover, 160 pages
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A short and easy read for adults, and what would be a fun romp for a younger reader. Filled with excitement and humour, Ursula Vernon, a scientist-come-artist, delights in introducing the reader to the wonderful world of the ocean, as Danny and his friend Wendell research a school project. The little comics add interest to the story and should be particularly enjoyed by the more reluctant reader. Vernon never patronises the reader, never talks down to them, and has inserted some pretty sly humour - which might make the adult reading it aloud, guffaw with laughter. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
A cute and funny start to a series that I would hand to fans of Babymouse and/or Squish. It's a step up as far as containing more straight text, but there are comic sections throughout to ease the reading load a little bit. This series has been popular at my library since we purchased it. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Apr 7, 2013 |
I wasn't blown away by this. It's getting lots of comparisons to Babymouse, which I can sort of see, but I really wish this were told entirely in comics instead of a few pages of comics and then a bunch of prose. Vernon does some excellent sequential art storytelling (look up her webcomic epic Digger) but her prose isn't at the same quality.

It was fun, I enjoyed it, and I'll be passing it along to the children's librarian for purchase, but it didn't wow me. Alas. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
I liked the way that it discusses how to stop a bully because bullying needs to stop. I also like how the main character, Danny, stands up for himself and doesn't let the bully push him around. Written by Collin M. 7th grade ( )
  Luthey | Apr 20, 2012 |
Danny Dragonbreath is the only mythical creature in a school of reptiles. He and his best friend Wendell (an iguana) are at the bottom of the heap, constantly bullied by Big Eddy the Komodo dragon and his dreepy friends. Danny also hasn't quite managed to breathe fire yet.

But that's not really important. Other people (or reptiles) around Danny may worry about such things, but not him! He's just waiting for the next adventure, whether it's dreaming about pirates, protecting himself from attacking potato salad, writing his ocean report at the last minute and getting an F...

Uh-oh. Danny has one chance to rewrite his report. And who better to help than his Cousin Edward, who just happens to be a sea serpent? Danny and Wendell are off on the ultimate adventure undersea, where they'll encounter artistic octopi, vicious sharks, massive whales, the Kraken, and a host of other exotic, gross, and terrifying creatures.

The story is told in a mixture of green and black comics and text, each blending smoothly together. The wacky humor and factual information is excellently and smoothly mixed.

Verdict: Hand this to fans of Captain Underpants, kids interested in the ocean, comic-lovers, and fans of Cressida Cowell. This review sounds rather bland but...seriously this is an AMAZING story!

ISBN: 978-0803733633; Published June 2009 by Dial; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library (2 copies); Purchased for my personal collection
  JeanLittleLibrary | Nov 15, 2011 |
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The sea was calm... But then the silence was broken by the fearsome sound of pirates!
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It?s not easy for Danny Dragonbreath to be the sole mythical creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians?especially because he can?t breathe fire like other dragons (as the school bully loves to remind him). But having a unique family comes in handy sometimes, like when his sea-serpent cousin takes Danny and his best iguana friend on a mindboggling underwater tour, complete with vomiting sea cucumbers and giant squid. It sure beats reading the encyclopedia to research his ocean report . . .

Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters with a penchant for getting themselves into sticky situations. It?s perfect for both the classroom and the Wimpy Kid set.

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Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.

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