One of four books published by Capstone Press about various aspects of dragons, this title describes the behaviors and the habitats of dragons. The first few chapters cover dragon lairs, dragons' relationship with people, how dragons hunt and how they mate and raise their young. Words that might be unfamiliar to children (hoard, lair, carnivore, etc.) are boldface in the text and then defined on the page where they are used. The fourth chapter covers types of dragons: Wyvern, Amphithere, Eastern, Lindwyrm Hydra, Cockatrice, etc. and outlines their size, home, colors, natural weapons and prey. Interspersed throughout the text are Dragon Facts ("A dragon's true name is a tightly guarded secret. Rumors say that knowing a dragon's true name gives a person power over it.") A glossary, a short bibliography and a listing of relevant Internet sites complete the book. I can imagine that young readers will find this a delightful way to hone their reading skills. For boys of eight or so, who love collecting facts and who have an interest in mythological beasts, this will be a sure winner. Reviewer: Lesley Moore Vossen
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
Jonathan Mayer was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He was encouraged in the arts by his parents and grandparents, and began illustrating sermons for his grandfather at a young age. After graduating from Nebraska Lutheran High School, he attended Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota, where he earned a BA in studio art. He began work as a freelance illustrator immediately thereafter. He was married to Emily in 2008, and moved to Georgia in 2009, where he attended graduate school. He graduated with an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. He currently resides in Bellevue, Nebraska with his wife and son.