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

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


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ISBN-13: 9780448431086
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Series: Dragon Slayers' Academy Series , #1
Edition description: Revised/Expanded
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 40,389
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kate McMullan is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for children. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

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"Wizards, dragons, a secret princess, a pig who speaks Pig Latin, and a hero who is served boiled eel on a bun. What more could you possibly want in a book." -Jon Szieszka

"Here's a young hero who could well be Harry Potter's little brother." -Mary Pope Osborne

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The New Kid at School (Dragon Slayers' Academy Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Bobby3457 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an easy book for people that need to get books read for school. It has less than a hundred pages. This book is about Wiglaf, a boy that doesn't fit in with his family and they don't really need him, and when a fortune teller tells him that he will become a hero then he is on his way to Dragon slayers academy where he is taught how to slay dragons. After one day he is sent to kill his first dragon Gorzil with his friend Eric.
alexandrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wiglaf lives with his peasent brothers and mom and dad. When they go to a festival he goes to the message tree and sees a poster with a sign up sheet about Dragon Slayers Academy but he can only go there if he has coins. Because he doesn't, he has to work like washing the dishes.I recommend this book for people who like adventure books.
deepikasd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wiglaf was destined to be a cabbage farmer; that was before the minstrel came one winter. After convincing his father to let the poor man stay, he ends up spending his free hours hearing stories, especially those about dragons and dragon hunters. Before leaving, the minstrel told him that he was going to be a hero when he grew up.
Months later, he and his family comes upon a sign advertising the "Dragon Slayers' Academy". He ends up getting the chance to go and be a hero (though the reason was that he wouldn't be missed and if he did succeed they would get a lot of money...or so they thought). So setting off on his new life with his best friend Daisy the pig, he ends up at the Academy. Almost after he gets there, he gets sent to defeat the dreaded dragon Gorzil with his new friend Eric. The only problem is that Wiglaf hates harming any creature. So now he has to figure out how to kill a dragon whom many have died trying to kill while discovering that things at the Academy are not all that they seem.
This book is a fun read. It reminds me of Harry Potter meets How to Slay a Dragon. It's has its hilarious moments and is easy to read. Also, I loved how the author gave hints to the true identity of Eric throughout the book.
moe.k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I want to read the sequel to this book.I think Waglaf is brave to decide to slay dragons.He is lucky to be helped by many people. And, I was surprised at Eric's secret.
Zanezabar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was funny. I liked how Wiglaf used jokes to slay the dragon.
TeacherLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A minstrel comes to Wiglaf¿s family¿s hovel one cold night, and tender-hearted Wiglag talks his father into letting him stay. He ends up staying for months while he tells Wiglaf dragon tales and teaches him useful skills, such as how to wiggle his ears and that knowing a dragon¿s secret is the key to slaying him. He also tells Wiglaf he will be a hero one day, which Wiglaf takes to heart. At the fair one day, Wiglaf finds an advertisement for Dragon Slayer¿s Academy promising to reach students to slay dragons and also promising they can keep the hoard of any dragon they slay. Wiflaf talks his parents into letting him go. His is there at the school for only one day when he and another boy are sent to save 2 children from being eaten be Gozil, the most frightening dragon of all. Wiglaf is able slay him when he figures out his secret¿bad jokes make him sick, and Wiglaf knows many bad jokes. Wiglaf is a hero after all. This is a humorous fantasy book set in medieval times where dragons and magic are commonplace. The story begins by establishing the medieval setting with the use of language the characters use and places, such as the hovel the family lives in. It is realistic at first, but the minstrel brings up the fantasy element of dragons quickly. Dragons and magic are treated throughout the story a perfectly normal part of life. The characterizations are detailed and consistent and the theme of the quiet one getting ahead is clear. The plot is engaging and creative. At one point the tired and true dragon story plot devise of 2 helpless victims being sacrificed to the dragons in set on its head when the dragon slayers disguise themselves to take their place and then one turns out to be a girl in disguise. This is a charming, humorous dragon fantasy that younger elementary students will enjoy, Students from 3rd to 5th grade will enjoy both its fantasy and its humor.
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first ones i read i found at a school fair. im gonna try to order them all!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.