Friday, April 13, 2007

Book Review: Jeremy and the Dragon, by Anne K. Edwards

Jeremy and the Dragon
By Anne K. Edwards
Illustrated by Lewis A. Francisco
Twilight Times Books
ISBN: 1-9333353-88-0
Copyright 2006
Children’s Picture Book
Ebook, 29 pages

Reviewed by Mayra Calvani

What is it about dragons that children find so fascinating? Could it be their fiery eyes, huge scaly wings, devilish tails and ability to cough fire? Or is it perhaps their legendary quality enveloped in mystery?

Jeremy wants to play in the forest with his brothers, but they refuse, accusing him of being too little. To scare him off, they tell him there’s a child-eating dragon living in the woods. Unsure whether or not to believe them, Jeremy decides to investigate on his own. Imagine his surprise when he meets Elvis—not at all your ordinary kind of dragon. Elvis educates Jeremy into the ‘world’ of dragons and invites him to his cave to meet his wife, Lena. Once there, however, Jeremy realizes the dragon’s intentions are not so friendly after all. Refusing to become tonight’s supper, Jeremy must find a way to outsmart the dragons and escape.

In this her first children’s picture book, talented mystery author Anne K. Edwards has penned an engaging boy-dragon story that will keep young readers glued to the pages all the way to the surprising ending. The attractive illustrations complement the plot and characters perfectly. The unexpected twist at the end invites children to deduce the conclusion. This book is suitable to be read to young children or to be read by older ones on their own. Sometimes funny, sometimes a bit scary, but always exciting, Jeremy and the Dragon will delight readers of all ages.

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