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 Dragonbreath
 Author: Vernon, Ursula


 Publisher:  Dial Books
 Pub Year: 2009

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 146 p., col. ill., 18 cm.

 BTSB No: 908572 ISBN: 9780803733633
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Marine animals -- Fiction
 Marine ecology -- Fiction
 School stories
 Dragons -- Fiction
 Bullies -- Fiction
 Sargasso Sea -- Fiction

Price: $14.02

Summary:
Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin--and they learn about standing up to bullies in the process.

Series:
Dragonbreath


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 130875
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 48852

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Fluency
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/09)
   School Library Journal (01/01/10)
   Booklist (05/15/09)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/09)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/15/2009 Young dragon Danny Dragonbreath has a problem: he can’t yet breathe fire. Meanwhile, he just received an F on his report about the ocean and he now has one night to rewrite it. Along with his best friend, Wendell (an iguana), Danny visits Cousin Edward the sea serpent, who takes them on an undersea tour that includes a visit to a coral reef and a trip down to the dark depths of an ocean trench. When a giant squid attacks the two youngsters and tries to eat them, Danny finally finds the motivation to breathe fire (which doesn’t work too well underwater). This book follows the same kind of hybrid format as Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid books, interspersing two-color comic-book-style panels (sometimes pages of them) throughout the prose. Young readers will sympathize with Danny as he deals with a bullying komodo dragon and struggles with his fire-breathing problem; they will also sympathize with Wendell as he gets dragged into all kinds of adventures with the fearless Danny. - Copyright 2009 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2010 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 - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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