Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame - ESSENTIAL

Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon, illustrated byErnest H. Shephard.   Holiday House, 2013.  $16.99.  

Content: G.  

Fans of fractured fairytales of all ages will devour this delightful tale.  A young boy loves books and meets a very sensible dragon who happens not to be ferocious at all, but rather writes poetry.  The boy complains that the dragon is not a “proper” dragon at all; however, they become good friends until the townsfolk find out about the dragon.  St. George arrives to fight the dragon and the boy explains that the dragon hasn’t done anything and is quite a delightful companion.  Nevertheless, St. George accompanies the boy to speak to the dragon and convinces the dragon that they must indeed pretend to fight for the villagers were quite set on it.  Luckily, all fights end with a feast.  

Although, the book was published 75 years ago, the story and characters are fresh and jump off the page with their delightful personalities.  The ink illustrations have just the right amount of detail and were done by none other than Ernest H. Shepard the illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. 
EL-ESSENTIAL.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.  

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