Friday, October 29, 2010
Book Review: Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener
Author: Ursula Vernon
Cybil Book #12
From Penguin Group USA
Danny Dragonbreath and his best friend Wendell thought the hot dog from the school cafeteria looked a little . . . off. Then things got weird when the hot dog bit Wendell, and weirder still when Wendell started to sprout back hair. Could Wendell be morphing into a . . . (cue ominous music) were-wiener? All evidence points to yes. And unless he and Danny can get past the lunch ladies and slay the alpha-wurst, the whole school could be infected.
Written in Ursula Vernon's trademark hybrid style of comic-book panels and text, this is the thrilling third book in the series. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said Dragonbreath "will leave readers in stiches and on tenterhooks waiting for the next one." Curse of the Were-Wiener will make kids everywhere laugh, shriek, and take a closer look at their lunches.
This is the third book in the Dragonbreath series. I do not have time to go back and read the first two in the series, but I really don't think I needed the other books for this novel. How can one not love the concept of a dragon that can barely breath fire and an iguana who is his friend? To make it even better, there are evil hot dog wieners on the loose! Oh yeah, and evil potato salad.
This book is geared for a younger audience for sure. I breezed through this book and did not really have to focus too hard to understand the plot. I can see some of my sixth grade students really gravitate towards this book. I found it funny and engaging to hold my interest despite the fact that I like more gritty novels. The images and flow of the book worked really well. All in all, this was just a fun read.