The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon


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ISBN-13: 9781616558741
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 512,074
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is an author of children's books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children's literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. Owl Moon, Winner of the 1988 Caldecott MedalJane Yolen's books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others. The author lives in Hartfield, MA..

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Last Dragon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
jackiediorio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Last Dragon," is a beautifully illustrated book about what happens in a small town when a dragon begins ravaging the populace. The story is short but adequate, and it has themes of capability and heroism, in that it ends up taking the work of a whole village to kill the dragon, instead of just one storybook hero. The biggest detraction for the book is that the intended age appears to be way off; this is represented as an adult novel, when in reality it's far too simple a story for the average adult. It's much better suited to a much younger age, and children will be captivated by the vivid art. This book will be treasured in an academic library because of the amazing paintings inside, and a public library as a perfect book for a reading circle. That's because the story is simple enough to be read aloud in a fairly short period of time, as well as explained, and the art is very appealing to the eye.
zenobia158 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful. The story's not bad, either.
SDPogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel made me want to sigh, heavily. I can't explain the beauty of this work. Jane Yolen is a master at weaving a story.Generations after the great Dragon Wars, a new dragon is born. The villagers are no longer able to defeat a dragon. A hero must come save them. What they get is a man pretending to be a hero. Tansy, the healer, has a plan to save the village and make Lancot a hero. The story is simple but Jane Yolen manages to give it so much depth and life. Rebecca Guay's art compliments it perfectly, giving the reader a full on fairy tale reminiscant of days gone by.I want to fill this post up with all sorts of descriptions and words but I find they can't express the wonder of this book - you need to go out and get it yourself.The story will appeal to adult, child, boy or girl. The language is delicate and uncomplicated.
AceArtemis7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book because Jane Yolen is an expert at stories about dragon. I do admit I haven't read many of her books, however, this one is a really nice dragon story. It follows the story of a dragon who was the last of its kind because humans have killed off their race, and a daughter whose dad was killed by this dragon and who asked for a hero's help to rid the village of the dragon.The artwork is colorful, dreamy realistic, though sometimes I had trouble distinguishing certain character from another because they were drawn differently, but it is not too bad.Its really too bad, the dragon is potrayed as an evil entity, when it's only fault is to survive, be it killing livestocks and people.Worth a read if you like dragon stories, and the art is wonderful too ofcourse.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely book with lush language and illustrations that were even more lush. This is a fairy tale about a land that fought and killed dragons and then forgot about them. Many generations later the last dragon hatches and wreaks havoc on the unprepared and unsuspecting populace. It is left to a dreamy young girl named Tansy and young man name Lancot who has been a storyteller and braggart to deal with this wyrm. Tansy is the daughter of the first human victim of the dragon. He was the village healer and she was his student. Now she has to use her healer's skills to find a way to defeat the dragon. The people have decided they need a hero and have sent three young boys to search for one while preparations are made at home. The boys encounter Lancot in an inn and are convinced by his stories that he is a great hero. He is lured to the fight (which he doesn't really believe in) by promises gold. When he arrives to find that there really is a dragon, he doesn't know what he can do. But he and Tansy come up with a plan and fall in love while executing it.I have only seen the Adobe Digital Editions eARC of this story but I am already convinced that the illustrations will be gorgeous. They reminded me a bit of the work of Trina Schart Hyman in Saint George and the Dragon and Little Red Riding Hood. They have similar lushness and attention to detail but they are somehow softer and more romantic. Lovers of fairy tales and graphic novels will be very satisfied with this book. I plan to get myself a copy for my own bookshelves and certainly one for my high school media center.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw the beautiful artwork for this graphic novel at Book Expo of America at Dark Horse's booth there. Then it was available on netgalley(dot)com for review so I had to download it to read. The story has a very classic fairy tale feel to it; the artwork is beautiful and flowing.When Tansy and her father are in the forest Tansy discovers Dragonsbane...which only exists where dragons are. But there aren't any Dragons left in the world anymore, are there? When livestock (and people) start disappearing Tansy begins to think otherwise. Now the town of Meddlesome will need a hero to fight a dragon. Except maybe a hero alone isn't enough...maybe the hero needs a smart girl like Tansy to help him out.The artwork throughout is very flowing and beautiful; almost like impressionist painting at points. While I grew to enjoy the artwork and loved how Tansy, the dragon, and the surroundings were depicted I did have a couple problems with it. The first is that you can't really tell the facial expressions on any of the characters; the are all very stoic looking. The second is that the beauty of the artwork lends a very serious and solemn quality to a cute and fun story and, at points in the story, makes the story more serious than I think it is supposed to be. So, while the artwork is perfect and stunning at is also a bit too serious and formal for the story at times.The story is very classic fairy tale and I enjoyed it. The plot is predictable and the writing simple; but that is what this is...a simple folk story. Yolen does throw some tongue and cheek humor in at places and this adds a bit of fun to the story.Overall a solid graphic novel. The artwork is beautiful but doesn't always follow the tone of the story. The story is a straight-forward fairy tale with a folk tale feel to it and a little humor laced throughout. Fans of fairy tales and dragons will probably enjoy this book. It is appropriate for all ages.
sroslund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ancient dragon egg is loosed by a falling tree - and from it, a forgotten terror is unleashed upon the isles of May. The village healer is the beast's first victim and now his daughter, Tansey, must use her knowledge and courage to save her family and home. The town sends men out to find a true dragonslayer to aid them in their time of need, but the man they bring back is hardly a hero. Can he and Tansey find a way to vanquish the fiery serpent before more lives are lost? Will their unfounded love for each other ruin the plot structure? Jane Yolen's ¿The Last Dragon¿ plays on old fables and cliched fantasy language to create a predictable yet slightly entertaining yarn. Though the story's been told multiple times before, Yolen at least supplies readers with a twist ¿ a heroine with a brain. The books saving grace is Rebecca Guay's gorgeous and sweeping sketch illustrations that dutifully create a world in which women can be beautiful and smart and heroes are not always what they seem. Her use of perspectives and angles really reads like a film and readers are gifted with witty action blocks and clever inside jokes in this arid, yet attractive, graphic novel. Recommended for ages 10-13.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Centuries ago, humans drove the last of the dragons from islands and took them as their own and built their homes and villages on the islands. Now, the last of the dragons, lost as an egg for two hundred years, has been born and it's up the the village healer's daughter and a would-be hero to devise a way to dispose of the dragon before it destroys the village. I'm not going to lie. I felt bad for the dragon. It was only living it's life, doing what dragons do, eating the livestock and occasional villager, just making its lonely way on the island, and the villagers decide that it needs to be killed. Humans can be so pushy sometimes. All kidding aside, the story is actually quite lyrical and Rebecca Guay's art is GORGEOUS. I don't think story would stand up nearly as well on its own if it wasn't for the art. This is neither a long nor challenging read, so I'd recommend it with 4 stars, if not for just the art alone.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Jane Yolen is a favourite author.A beautiful fantasy and original fairy tale of a couple, the man is the local healer, and their three daughters. The youngest daughter takes after the father and will one day follow in his footsteps to take over as village healer. As they are out one day they discover some herbs, dragonsbane, never found in these parts before. The father explains the legend that it means a dragon is near by but of course he dismisses it as old superstition. When the father disappears shortly afterwards, then followed by horses, sheep, cattle and finally an unattended babe in arms, the discovery of a dragon is not surprising to the villagers. Three boys are sent off to find a hero, a dragonslayer, to rid them of their nightmare but looks can be deceiving and wits are often much more effective.A fantastic story that kept me spellbound throughout my one sitting read. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. The story is somewhat predictable in that it follows expected plotlines with no unexpected twists, but it is also a lovely romance and just a perfect tale to make one's heart sigh. A gorgeous specimen of masculinity, and a beautiful and intelligent woman fighting and risking their lives; one for her village, the other for his love. The artwork is truly gorgeous. My only complaint is that I was reading from an egalley and the art is just too large and overpowering to enjoy to its fullest in this format (and I was reading from my computer screen); one must surely have the actually pages in front of one to experience their pure glory. A must read for fans of fairy tales.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen Illus. Rebecca Guay Beautiful graphic design with a wonderful story of courage, resourcefulness, cooperation, and appreciating the different gifts each has to offer. Heroes know fear and act in spite of it.
JaniJon More than 1 year ago
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.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
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!
casual2atee More than 1 year ago
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.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
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.
bookwyrmian More than 1 year ago
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.