The New Kid at School (Dragon Slayers' Academy Series #1)

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When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?

When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon ...

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Overview

When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?

When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This first episode of McMullan's (Nutcracker Noel) Dragon Slayers' Academy series is a silly, good-natured spoof on tymes of olde when dragon slaying was the chosen pastime of the bravest hearts. When a minstrel befriends young Wiglaf, he relates tales of a fearful dragon and bequeaths to the boy a rusty sword that is magicalthough he can't recall the words that will activate its power. Before wandering off, he predicts that the boy will one day be a "mighty hero." Wiglaf then spies a notice advertising a school with just the classes he needs to achieve that lofty status (e.g., How to Stalk a Fire-Breather and 101 Ways to Slay). He and a classmate eventually best a beast by discovering its secret weakness: an intolerance for bad jokes. This caper, at its most comical moments, incorporates Monty Python-esque slapstick and language ("We shall go thitherward to carry out our plan!"); it also sinks to some gratuitous grossness (slime from Gorzil's nose "spattered on the ground in greasy yellow puddles") and over-the-edge inanity (Wiglaf's dragon-slaying crony, Eric, confesses he is actually Princess Erica, daughter of Queen Barb and King Ken). Children will have a few phrases to groan over, yet plenty to chuckle about with these Arthurian-era antics. A second volume, Revenge of the Dragon Lady, is due in November. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Karen Moroughan
Searching for a book for a reluctant reader? How about this book that includes a male lead, knock, knock jokes, Pig-Latin, and last but not least, a boarding school for dragon slayers. Young Wiglaf is the runt of his family but destined for great things. He tries to maintain his honor as he and a classmate set out to tame the dragon. Follow Wiglaf and his chum as they catch your attention and whisk you away as they attempt to slay the dragon Gorzil. There, the academy, the class offerings and the list of recent graduates encourage even the most reticent student. Students learn the three purposes for slaying a dragon: to keep the world safe, to save the world for little children, and-most importantly-to get a dragon's golden hoard! This book is part of the "Dragon Slayers' Academy" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4A fantasy adventure for beginning chapter-book readers. Wiglaf, the would-be hero, lives with his large, brutish family in abject poverty. Their hovel smells worse than their pigsty. Though Wiglaf is the smallest member of the family, he is made to do all the work, and is constantly picked on by the others because he is reluctant to kill any living thing. A traveling minstrel tells Wiglaf's fortune; it shows that he can improve his lot by performing a gallant act. The boy decides to sign up at the local Dragon Slayers' Academyit guarantees to make him a hero. However, he finds life at the run-down school as difficult as it is at home, and he protests when he is sent out to slay the local dragon on his first day. When his magic sword doesn't work, he switches to another strategy. He has learned that the dragon can't stand bad jokes so he tries a few and, as predicted, the dragon expires at his feet. Wiglaf is a hero without spilling a single drop of blood. The fast-paced, snappy text is filled with jokes and insults; the accompanying black-and-white illustrations are dark and cartoonlike. The tone and style suggest Saturday-morning animated films and will appeal to the same audience. For humorous adventure fantasy that is better crafted and more nourishing, try Jon Scieszka's Knights of the Kitchen Table (Viking, 1991) and other works in the "Time Warp Trio" series.Virginia Golodetz, Children's Literature New England, Burlington, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756920081
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Dragon Slayers' Academy Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,023,974
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2010

    OMGoodiness!

    I picked this book up on Saturday evening for my son who isn't into reading. On his own, he took the book up to his bed and read a couple of chapters before bed. He loved parts of it so much that he had to come share with me. Sunday morning when he woke up, he read some more. Sunday night he came to tell me that he was almost done with the book. Monday he called me at work to say he finished the book and wanted the rest of the series. This is a kid who NEVER picks up a book willingly, let alone requests to read more of a book series on his own. He only reads when he has to! This first book just opened up my child's love of reading and that makes it the best book in the world!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    the best book in the world

    this was the best book and i love the silly names like wiglaf it's so funny i had to read it for my bookreport.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Smily face

    I read this when I was 7 and I loved it. Now Im giving them to my little brother and I know hes gonna love it to.

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    Hi to you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    It is a pretty good book.

    No one slays a dragon in present. Where the heck is dragon, you might say. Wiglaf is a young timid future dragon slayer, but he faints when he sees a blood. Wiglaf, his princess friend Erica, and goodie lover Angus make a great trio in Kate McMullan¿s new try for fantasy book, Dragon Slayers¿ Academy, which won the Best Picture Book in The New York Times. Just because his parents want him to bring the gold, Wiglaf Accidentally slays two dragons, rescues the best knight of the world, goes field trip to dungeon and even meets a ghost. With simple and kiddish, but new and fun story of McMullan can be weird. Kids¿ chants and easy story, and characters¿ antics are basically for the children. But new ideas always come up with new book is never boring. Bill Basso¿s freaky but funny illustrations greatly match the funny mood of D.S.A. Well, this book requires readers to take some sick jokes like crazy knock-knocks. Also short but thick subplots will make readers to naturally guess the next story, even they didn¿t want to. Yet there are little problems within it. Sometimes too short and fast story might not be satisfying. But in some cases, this will be helpful, like for kids who can¿t read fat books like Harry Potter. Other one is that kiddish story wouldn¿t really fit for people over 13 years old. Fun, freaky, and weird, this is a book for kid readers or readers who want to read ¿something odd¿. It might not fit to people who are fans of serious books, since D.S.A. is a book that is very far from serious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Billybob-a book reader

    This book is so good that when I finished it my family was done eating supper!This is because I couldn't put it down!IT TAUGHT ME HOW TO SPEEK PIG LATIN!!!!!!!!!!!! Ello Hay is hello in pig latin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    i love this series

    the first ones i read i found at a school fair. im gonna try to order them all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Hero

    A minstrel tells Wiglaf that he was born a hero! Wiglaf reads a post of a tree and sets off to The Dragon Slayers Academy. (DSA)Wiglaf gets paired up with eric a smart and tough boy at DSA. Will he slay a dragon Gorzil or will he fail?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    DSA Series Slays a Reluctant Reader!

    I just want to go shake this lady's hand for making such a great series of books. I have an 8 year old son, smart chap, but not usually very interested in sitting down for a read. This one hooked him, AND he's eager for the next ones... Hallelujah!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    Very Good Book, But A Copy Of Harry Potter

    This book is very interesting. While it is much like Harry Potter, it's still different and a good read. In the story the man character, Wiglaf, a boy who lives with his parents and eleven brothers, is very different from them. He is the third eldest son, and doesn't like to kill anything, yet his eleven other brothers do almost nothing else! When a minstrel tells him his fortune is to be a great hero, as he has always wanted to be, he goes off to the DSA (Dragon Slayers Academy)to be a knight. Like it says on the back of book 7: Here's a young hero who might as well be Harry Potter's little Brother!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    A Really Funny Book

    I think this is one of the coolest books I have read recently. I started it last night and couldn't put it down until I was done with the last page. Then on to Book #2. Almost done with it too. I love this series. Easier to read than Harry Potter.

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