Tuesday, April 3, 2018

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEWS: Dragons Beware! and Monsters Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre


Scrappy Claudette sets out once again with her pal Marie and her little brother Gaston to right wrongs and fight evil. And this time, it's personal. Claudette is out to get the dragon who ate her father's legs...and his legendary sword. But as usual, nothing is as simple as it seems, and Claudette is going to need Marie and Gaston's help more than ever.


After thoroughly enjoying Giants Beware! it was a pleasure to move on to book two.  Once again Claudette and her friends set out to save their town, but this time they are following her father into a dragon's den.  Claudette's fieriness makes for an entertaining read, but what I love most about this series is the way Claudette doesn't succeed without her friends' help.  While neither Marie nor Gaston are fighters the way Claudette is, they both possess skills and talents that come in very handy.  I love the fact that Gaston loves to cook and is very good at it, but he also has a flair for magic.  Marie loves to practice princess skills, but she's intelligent and diplomatic.  Only together can the three of them face the dragons and a wicked sorcerer to boot.  The book is full of both humor and action, but has strong themes of friendship, cooperation, and courage.  The illustrations are awesomely enjoyable.  A great graphic novel series for middle grade readers who enjoy action and adventure.


Claudette is back AGAIN, and she’s ready to kick major monster butt!

She’s fought giants, clobbered dragons, and now Claudette faces her biggest challenge yet… herself! Well, that and a gang of vile monsters. It all begins when Claudette’s town hosts the annual Warrior Games. After some sneaky maneuvering, Claudette manages to gets herself, Marie, and Gaston chosen as her town's representatives. But none of Claudette’s past battles has prepared her for this. And to make matters worse, they must stop the vicious Sea Queen and her evil children from using the Warrior Games to free the dark Wizard Grombach and conquer the world!

In Monsters Beware!, the third and final book of the Claudette graphic novel series, Claudette is put to the ultimate test. With her honor on the line will she learn that there's more to a fight than just winning?


What a finale!  I'm sad the series is over, but boy, what an ending.  Claudette is rather obsessed with fighting monsters.  And with the annual Warrior Games coming to her town, she is determined to be chosen as one of the competitors.  But the Marquis, despite being the father of her friend Marie, doesn't like or approve of Claudette.  After convincing the other kids not to volunteer, Claudette finds herself, Marie, and Gaston representing their town.  But the Marquis' wife is worried about Marie and pushes to make the games safer.  While Claudette obsesses about winning, Gaston discovers that the competitors representing the Sea Queen are monsters who eat the opposition.  But he can't get anyone to listen to him.    Once again Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre have created an engaging, action-packed story full of humor and heart.  This book has a bit more grossness to it, what with the monsters eating people all over the place, but it's not too graphic.    Claudette's fighting skills, Marie's brains, and Gaston's magic all combine to face their fiercest foe yet.  Besides all that, I had no idea that plowing could be such a dangerous sport. ;)

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