The New Kid at School (Dragon Slayers' Academy #1)
by Kate McMullan
Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN: 0- 448-43108-4
Suggested Ages: 7-9
Description: The Dragon Slayers' Academy is back-and it's bigger and better than ever! The books have new covers and are now 112 pages long. Expanded from the old 96-page format, they now feature a fun Dragon Slayers' Academy Yearbook at the end of each story, with funny profiles of the faculty, the staff, and, especially, the students of D.S.A. All the things kids want to know about their favorite characters are revealed: their silly nicknames, inner secrets, wildest dreams, and lofty plans for the future!
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?
Jake's Review: Mom, this one was a lot of fun and exciting, can you get me the rest of the series? I liked how at the end --- (Sorry he doesn't understand about spoilers -- so if you don't want to know more stop reading), the way Wiglaf slew the dragon -- that was really different. I really didn't like Wiglaf's family, they were really mean to him and I would have run away from them a long time ago. How can anyone eat anything with cabbage -- (please do not tell my child that that is what coleslaw is made from Ok). I thought it was funny that Eric was actually a girl. I really like books with dragons, they are much better than any of the books they want to read us at school. If my friends actually read books instead of playing hockey all the time, they would probably like it. I think it is probably more for younger boys, but I still like it.
Jake's Rating: 8/10
Mom's Review: A good starter chapter book for kids interested in fantasy fiction. Jake really enjoyed it, but I didn't love it as much as he did. But really who cares that I didn't love it, the target audience will. The illustrations were delightful and I really enjoyed the added cast of characters and map at the end of the book. Good storyline but I am hoping the series develops a little more and we find out more about the other characters.
Mom's Rating: 7/10
This was recommended to us a year or two ago from Forster's Book Garden
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