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Dragon Slayers’ Academy: The New Kid at School

on March 4, 2013

JF McMullan    •    AR Reading Level: 3.3    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #36459

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Wiglaf is the third oldest child in his family of fifteen.  All of his brothers are big and strong.  Wiglaf is scrawny and to tenderhearted to kill a cockroaches, but a fortuneteller has predicted that he will someday be a hero.  When Wiglaf sees a poster advertising the Dragon Slayers’ Academy, he knows that that is where he has to be to become a hero.  So he sets off for the Academy at once.

On his very first day at his new school, a legendary dragon moves into a cave not far from the school.  The dragon has stolen the villagers gold and is now demanding two children for breakfast.  With the upperclassmen away on a fieldtrip, two beginning dragon slayers must fight this fearsome foe!  Against his will, Wiglaf is told to go slay the dragon.  His only hope is to find the creature’s secret weakness.

Dragon Slayers’ Academy is a riff on the fantasy genre.  It uses familiar elements of this genre, including dragons, wizards, enchanted swords, and talking animals, but it incorporates all of these elements in a humorously corny way. This is a corny, screwball book.  (The corniness of this book cannot be over emphasized!)  However, despite its banality, it is a fun book to read. The story is silly.  The characters are caricatures.  If you like really bad knock-knock jokes than this is the book for you.  This book is not recommended for all readers, just for those who don’t mind a silly book that serves no purpose other than to give a few chuckles.

Genre: Fantasy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-5

McMullan, K. H. (2003). Dragon Slayers’ Academy: the new kid at school. New York, NY : Grosset & Dunlap.

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