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Posted February 17, 2012
The Last Dragon is a beautifully illustrated book with what appears, at first, to be a simplistic story about a hero slaying the last dragon in the world. But a closer look reveals Yolen and Guay spinning a tale about heroes and cowards and what it is that differentiates the two. A tale of heroes wouldn't be complete without a sprinkling of romance either. No worries though: Yolen and Guay don't cheat the readers of a worthwhile literary experience. You won't find any damsels in distress in this story, though you will see that certain characters fall into their stereotypical niches.
Yolen and Guay do a fantastic job pacing, unraveling bits and pieces of the story the way all good storytellers do. The Last Dragon is reminiscient of Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer and Mercer Mayer and is a fantastic tale to read to your children before tucking them in for the night.
Posted February 8, 2012
The story is great, but what really struck me was the amazing artwork. It was stunning. I found that I could have read the story very quickly, but I took a very long time because I wanted to absorb every bit of the art. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. Definitely worth a look!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2011
This graphic novel, written by long time teen favorite Jane Yolen, weaves together an interesting mix of fantasy and classic fairy tale nestled in beautiful, delicate, almost Asian art style illustrations. For 200 years no one has seen a dragon on the island of May, but a single egg has survived and a new dragon is born. After the village healer falls victim to the dragon, one of his three daughters, Tansy, vows to stop the dragon. Aided by a hired "hero", who may not be as heroic as he claims, Tansy has enough courage for the both of them as she plots to kill the dragon. Geared for younger teens and middle schoolers that have been drawn into the fantasy world, this lush graphic novel provides adventure, fantasy and just a spark of romance. At just 144 pages, it is perfect for a reluctant reader. Digital copy courtesy of NetGalley and Dark Horse Comics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2011
When a dragon threatens the village of Meddlesome they search for and bring back to town a hero to rid them of the threat. The hero is less than heroic however and it is the town's healer, the main character in the story, who leads the town and the hero in defeating the dragon. The illustrations are lovely and work well with the text. The biggest disappointment is that the story and the characters are not overly developed. This is probably due to the graphical nature of the title. If you have had trouble "getting" graphic novels because they seem too cluttered or you don't find the art appealing, this might be a good one to try.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2011
At first when I started this book, I thought it was going to be a re-telling of George and the Dragon. But this story is slightly different, I love how the plot develops, and the female characters are true individuals. I truly enjoyed the slight twist on the ending, where they slay the dragon not with a lance, arrow or sword, but with a kite.
I have a policy of purchasing any book with Jane Yolen's name on it, and this book keeps up that tradition. Well done.