Super-Dragon, written by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

I am off to another archaeology conference, this time as part of a panel on digitizing regional archaeological information. All of the professional business of the past week has meant less time to read, but I've received several picture books to review, and managed to finish one of them....

So today I offer Super-Dragon, written by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Marshall Cavendish, 2011, 28 pages).

Drago (a little dragon) longs to compete in the upcoming Dragon Contests. But "You're too little," says his obnoxious big sister. "You don't know how to fly yet," says his mother. "Maybe next year...when you're bigger," says his dad.

Fortunately, a friendly bird takes Drago under its wings, and, after a few brave tries, Drago is flying!!! For two weeks, he secretly practices...and you can guess how it all plays out.

It's fun and engaging; any little kid who likes dragons, and who sometimes feels Too Young, will enjoy it. And for those of us who are Manatee (as opposed to Tiger) Mothers, it's nice to have book on The Importance of Practicing to offer our children, in hopes that they will pick up the message themselves without us having to constantly loom over their shoulders!

(disclaimer: review copy received from the publisher)


  1. "Manatee Mothers" - love that! And manatees always seem so happy and content, don't they?

  2. That last paragraph is so full of win. I think my little one will like this and relate. Thanks for reviewing it!

  3. Sounds like a fun read for younger kids. That's okay that you don't have as much time to read this week. The job with a paycheck is important too.

  4. Manatees seem to grow up to be good, well-adjusted manatees too. Tigers, however, are often neuortic.

    Truly you are right, Natalie. What would be nice would be to have a 26 hour day...


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