I found Dominick and the Dragon, by Anne K. Edwards, to be an enthralling, adventurous read. Little Dominick gets left out of the fun when his older brothers exclude him from their game in the woods. They warn Dominick there are dragons who live in the woods that might chase and eat him if they have the chance. The brothers race off into the forest, leaving Dominick to ponder the situation.
It isn’t long before a real dragon shows up, and introduces himself as Elvis. The boy and Elvis make friends, and Elvis gives Dominick the ride of his life. It isn’t until Dominick meets another dragon, Lena, that things take a turn for the worse. But Dominick’s quick thinking gets him out of a sticky situation.
This story kept me intrigued and had a satisfying ending. I was a little disappointed Dominick never had the opportunity to meet the wizard in the woods, though. And although Lewie Francisco’s artwork is noteworthy, I didn’t feel it accentuated the story as well as it could have.
Dominick and the Dragon, by Anne K. Edwards
Age level: 4-8
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Dominick and the Dragon. Dominick is a little boy fascinated by dragons. When he finally meets one named Elvis that wants to eat everything, including him, he has to find a way to outsmart him. His adventure proves a boy can be smarter than a dragon.
About the Author: Anne K. Edwards enjoys writing tales for children when she’s not focusing on a mystery. Some stories are ideas taken from little misadventures of her cat who actually did fall off the porch and land on a large blacksnake as it was sunning itself. Both were more than a little surprised.