Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EARLY CHAPTER BOOK REVIEW: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West


ABOUT THE BOOK

The DRAGON MASTERS series is "How to Train Your Dragon" meets the DRAGON SLAYERS' ACADEMY!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?

REVIEW

Rise of the Earth Dragon is a delightful early chapter book for the dragon-loving young reader. Drakes makes an appealing main character, especially his appreciation for worms.  It's a shock for him to discover that he's been chosen as a Dragon Master, especially since King Roland's intentions don't seem to be good ones.  But he is thrilled to meet his dragon even if he is very unsure about how to communicate with the Earth Dragon he names Worm.  The black and white illustrations break up the text nicely making the book more appealing for reluctant readers.  Those same illustrations offer a fun take on the whole dragon thing. I especially appreciate the length, at barely 90 pages the book works well for kids who want to read fantasy but are not ready for the longer ones. Highly recommended for most libraries, class, or homes.

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