Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Ultimate Dragon Warrior (Ninja Meerkats #7) by Gareth Jones –ADVISABLE

 Jones, Gareth The Ultimate Dragon Warrior (Ninja Meerkats #7) 176 pgs, HMH Books for Young Readers; 2014. $5.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
The four Ninja Meerkats boys, receive a special invitation from Empress Me to participate in a competition on an mysterious island. To be the Ultimate Dragon Warrior they will have to beat a pelican, a badger, and sleepy Sloth. Just when they think things are going well, their nemesis and their goons show up and they must battle to save the secret of Dragon Island.
It was with a vague sense of dread that I finally sat down to read this book, and was pleasantly surprised. The characters, the bad guys, and the plot are totally random and nonsensical, but the writing is so great that it makes up for it. It sort of felt like I was there, in a bright animated movie, because the characters and the setting are so well written and vivid. The dialogue is natural and funny and interesting. The cover has appeal for 2-3 graders and the content is well matched.

EL(K-3)  –ADVISABLE  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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