Dragonbreath (Dragonbreath Series #1)

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Danny Dragonbreath can't breathe fire, but he has no fear. And that comes in handy when a bad grade at school inspires him to enlist his cousin the sea-serpent's help with a research project. Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters that will have readers laughing until smoke comes out of their noses!

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Overview

Danny Dragonbreath can't breathe fire, but he has no fear. And that comes in handy when a bad grade at school inspires him to enlist his cousin the sea-serpent's help with a research project. Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters that will have readers laughing until smoke comes out of their noses!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vernon's (Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a Somewhat Brave Shrew) fiction/graphic novel hybrid stars an audacious young dragon who can't get the knack of breathing fire. After Danny Dragonbreath gets an F on his science paper about the ocean-written at the last-minute on the school bus and describing "the rare and elusive snorkelbat"-his teacher tells him to rewrite it. To research the topic, Danny and his pal Wendell, a timid iguana, head for the Sargasso Sea. Guided by Danny's sea serpent cousin, Edward, the two encounter creatures like an octopus that can become polka-dotted or striped, "mermen" guarding Atlantis and a vampire squid that emits "a cloud of glowing snot." (They also learn about the bends, which Edward equates to "shaking a can of soda, only inside your body.") Illustrated with comic book-style art with a lime-green wash, the story gets some spark from wry asides presented in speech balloons ("Why couldn't you have gone to the library instead?" wails Wendell as a giant squid approaches). But scattered amusing snippets don't quite keep the tale afloat. Ages 8-12.
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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Danny Dragonbreath feels like a loser in more ways than one. No matter how hard he tries, he can't muster up even one lukewarm dragon's breath. Now he's in trouble with his teacher at the Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibians. He handed in a carelessly written paper on the ocean and received a well-deserved F. Now he must rewrite the paper. To research the topic he talks to his cousin, a sea serpent. Along with Danny's iguana friend, Wendell, Edward takes them on an underwater adventure to the Sargasso Sea. The adventure becomes life-threatening when Danny and Wendell are attacked by a giant squid. Danny must save his friend and does so with a long-awaited fire breath. Not only is Danny a hero but he gets an A on his re-submitted paper. The exchanges between the less-adventurous and nervous Wendell and nonchalant Danny make this a laugh-out-loud read. The text is generously illustrated with engaging, comic-book style cartoons in green, black, and white, many full page and others that cover several spreads. This humorous adventure story will appeal to reluctant readers and children seeking early chapter books.—Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Young everydragon Danny Dragonbreath hasn't quite caught the knack of breathing fire yet, but he sure knows how to have adventures-or at least to inflict them on Wendell, his peace-loving iguana buddy. Having failed to impress his teacher Mr. Smaug with a hastily concocted report on the fictitious "snorkelbat," Danny recklessly drags Wendell off to the Sargasso Sea (on a bus) to gather material on actual marine life with the help of his cousin Edward, a sea serpent. Encounters with a shark, poisonous jellyfish, vampire squid ("Instead of ink, they shoot a cloud of glowing snot at you." "Glowing snot? That is SO COOL!") and an aggressive giant squid ensue. Vernon's text abets the suspension of disbelief with Wendell's dubious regard for the mythological: "He had somehow maintained a fairly solid grip on reality despite being Danny's friend, but there were limits." Presented in a hybrid prose/graphic format with simply drawn, two-tone pictures in an appropriately reptilian green, Danny D's first outing will leave readers in stitches-and on tenterhooks waiting for the next one, which, according to a preview, will feature ninja frogs. (Fantasy. 8-11)
Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Danny Dragonbreath just cannot breathe fire, no matter how much he practices. His parents are disappointed in him, and the kids at school just cannot relate. Danny is the only dragon at the Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibians, and the other kids—especially a tough gang of salamanders, chameleons, and Komodo dragons—think Danny's not a real dragon because he cannot breathe fire. Meanwhile, Danny is in danger of failing science after he turns a science paper into a creative writing project. To improve his grade, he and his best friend, the iguana Wendell, take a field trip to the Sargasso Sea, where they get a tour of the ocean from Danny's cousin, a sea serpent. Encounters with real and mythical sea creatures boost Danny's grades and his courage—if not his firepower. This first entry in a new series is perhaps overly ambitious, trying to tackle issues of bullying and parental aspirations amid fantasies about pirates, real-life facts about reptiles and sea creatures, and bizarre scenes of predatory school lunches. The blend of traditional text with comic-book-style panels helps add visual and comic interest to this somewhat disjointed tale. Reviewer: Norah Piehl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142420959
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Series: Dragonbreath Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 121,895
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula Vernon is the author of the Dragonbreath series about Danny Dragonbreath. She lives, writes, and draws in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Love it!

    Best book good for kids all ages even adults its the mix of a book and comic it will give adults some imagnation to :D highly reccomend :P

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

    Danny Dragonbreath may dream of being a fearsome pirate on the high seas, but in reality, he's just a young dragon - the only mythical creature in an entire school of reptiles and amphibians - who can't even breathe fire yet and spends his days defending himself from bullies and vicious potato salad lunches, before the bullies steal them.

    He doesn't really know anything about the ocean, either, so when his best friend, Wendell the iguana, refuses to help him pull together a last minute report on the ocean, Danny (who makes up something about "snorkelbats") receives a huge fat "F." Since going to the library and actually doing research is not something Danny would stoop to, he decides to follow his mom's advice and visit his cousin, Edward, a sea serpent who lives in the Sargasso Sea.

    Poor Wendell gets dragged along for "the fun" of exploding sea cucumbers, sharks, and hostile mermen. The dragon and iguana do manage to learn some neat ocean facts before they come across a giant squid and have to fight for their lives. Will Danny manage to save Wendell from an untimely, tentacle death? More importantly, will he ever get his report finished?

    Formatted in a tightly woven design that meshes graphic novel with traditional chapter text, this hilarious story is absolutely perfect for the younger male reader who refuses to pick up a book. This is one new series to definitely keep an eye on, with the next book expected in Spring of 2010, and one to be enjoyed by anyone who loves to laugh out loud.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Anounymous

    This book is great!! However, if this were longer, i would have given it 5 stars.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Great Book

    Great read, absorbing!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    It was so funny I laughed so hard!!!!!!

    It was so funny I laughed so hard!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    NOTHING

    I didnt realy like it can someone tell me how much it id and not how many pages it is

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Book Review Dragon Breath Have you ever felt the thrill of adve

    Book Review
    Dragon Breath
    Have you ever felt the thrill of adventure from a book? Well the book Dragon Breath by Ursula Vernon is filled with adventure and comedy. In my opinion this book is a very book interesting and it is also intriguing. Dragon Breath is about a young dragon named Danny Dragonbreath and his best friend Wendell, go on an adventure. There is a catch though, even though all dragons can breathe fire Danny is the only one who can’t! (And Wendell is an iguana)

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Isaac martinez

    I think all the dragonbreath books are a funny adventure.at my school routh roach, i told my libarian about the book and she got the the booksand everyone loves them.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Really great

    Guys Go out t,this minute and buy this book its great!


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    Oprea Winfrey

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Dragon Breath

    My son liked this book alot.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Sucks

    The sample does not enclude the comic at all

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Love these series

    One book was so funny I was drinking some water and there was one part where it came out of my nose and mouth I will be giving five star

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Hu

    I havent read it yet and from previous reviews it looks good if its a funny book READ IT

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Cool

    It was cool but not all comic book if your looking for acomic book dont get it if your looking for a funny book get it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    awesome

    Cool and crazy

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Ok

    It s ok but you get lost alot i mean alot

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    I will read your book but i dont have it yet!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    !!!!!!!!!!!! \:o

    Dont get the review. You dont get anything but the agknowlegments

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Ok book

    Thes book is ok

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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