Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dragonbreath, Ursula Vernon

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Important Things to Know:
  • Over on my other blog I'm going to try and write Media Monday posts about media things (books, games, movies, etc.) that I really love and enjoy. I've noticed that discontent and dislike tend to be "louder" than contentedness and likeableness (cause those are totally words). Therefore! For the next couple of Thursdays Down Under I will try and focus on the young readers books that I have read and loved and appreciate. Dragonbreath seemed like a good place to start.
  • Dragonbreath is a series of books (there are about 9 of them I believe) and I want to own them all.

Why Wombly and I Enjoyed This Series:

  • One of the main reasons why I wanted to read these books in the first place: the artwork. I love, love, love Ursula Vernon's artwork. It's fun to look at. It had a sort of bubbly feeling that I really enjoy. Wombly likes the tone of having it two-toned in green, blue, and black. He thinks it gives it a unique flavor.
  • It is one of the few books that drifts from the main character's pov (Danny) to side character's pov (Wendell) without driving me crazy. I'm not sure why. Most of the time when author's head-hop from one character's thoughts to another it makes me want to hit things. Vernon does it in such a way that feels organic, it's fluid, and it feels necessary. When I'm hearing how Wendell feels it's because it adds something to the story and because Danny's thoughts are not currently necessary.
  • I always feel like I learn a tiny little something new about animals, whether it be bats or iguanas or what have you.
  • They are fun to read. There is adventure. There is mystery. There is humor.
  • Vernon takes the stereo-typical class goof-ball and nerdy side-kick and somehow doesn't get stuck in that stereotype. Danny is fairly predictable, but he is growing up as the series progresses and dealing with how he fits in his family dynamic and what it's like for him to grow up into a more mature dragon. And where this kind of dynamic as a friendship can sometimes be unhealthy, I really feel like Wendell and Danny compliment each other's strengths and weaknesses.

Wombly and I Read This Book Because:

  • I saw these books when working at Borders and soon as Wombly came along I knew we had to try these books out together. I was not disappointed!

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