Reviews rushed into the hive with the speed of a fireball on my February dragon Picks. The theme was “All Fired Up.”
A tip of the antennae to all of you—and to the Washington Optimist Club for providing prize books as an incentive to keep “Paging On!”
“King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson,” by Kenneth Kraegel.
Reviewed by Alex Weber, Second Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola.
“Today we read a funny story, ‘King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson.’ There was a kid named Henry Alfred Grummorson. He was looking for adventure and so he hopped on to Knuckles, his donkey, and set off for adventure.
“He had heard of a mean dragon that he thought would blow fire at him, but it just blew out smoke ripples. I really like when the dragon blew out the smoke ripples and when the Cyclops wanted to have a staring contest, and Henry got very mad.
“I recommend this book to anyone who likes monsters.”
Reviewed by Noah Wilson, First Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“This book is a story about Henry who met a Leviathan that was a fish and a dragon. I liked when the Leviathan said, ‘Greeeeeetings.’ The knight tried to fight others. Who would like it? My little sister Sydney.”
Reviewed by Sam Tuepker, First Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry rode his donkey, Knuckles. He met a dragon who blew smoke rings. He met a Leviathan who said, ‘Greeeeetings!’
“I liked when the monster went, ‘Greeeetings.’ And I liked when the Griffin said, ‘I want black’ on the checkerboard.
“My mom and dad would like this book.”
Reviewed by Caden Carroll, First Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry tried to pick a fight. I like when the knight got smoked by the dragon.
“My friend Cody would like this book.”
Reviewed by Cody Schwoeppe, First Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry rode a donkey. He pointed his sword at the dragon then the Griffin took out a checkerboard. The Griffin said, ‘Mind if I be black?’
“I think Sam in my class would like the book.”
Reviewed by Isabella Borgerding, Second Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry met a dragon. He met a Cyclops. He met a Griffin and a Leviathan.
“I liked when Henry became friends with all the monsters. I think my little brother Max who is four would like this book.”
Reviewed by Kyle Elbert, Second Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry rode his donkey to the Monsters. The dragon blew smoke rings. The Griffin pulled a chess game out. He said, ‘I prefer black.’
“I liked when the dragon blew out the smoke rings and that the monsters don’t want to fight. My brother Andrew would like this book.”
Reviewed by Lexie Meyer, Second Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry, the boy, turned six years old. So he got up early. Henry heard a dragon up on the hill, so he went on his donkey. Henry went up to the dragon and said, ‘Fight.’
“I liked when he went to the Griffin. Then the Griffin said, ‘Want to play chess?’ The Griffin said, ‘I prefer black.’
“I think my cousin Owen would like it because he likes animals.”
Reviewed by Austin Gober, Second Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry ate a huge breakfast, got on his donkey and went up the hill to see a dragon. The Griffin said, ‘Can I be black?’ I liked when the Cyclops got out of his cave. I liked when he got out of bed.”
Reviewed by Ella Wessel, Second Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“Henry rode his donkey to the dragon first. Then he found the Cyclops with his donkey. Later he met the Leviathan.
“I liked when he played chess board because he said no. On the first page he turned six years old. I liked how he rode his donkey over the hills.
“I think my brother would like this book.”
Reviewed by Bryanna Buchheit, Second Grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.
“The boy ate a big breakfast. The Griffin wanted to play chess. The Griffin said, ‘I prefer black. Is that okay?’ The boy said, ‘NO, that’s not okay!’ Leviathan said, ‘Grrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeetings!’
“I like when the dragon blew puffs of smoke rings. I think Kyle B. would like it because it is funny.”
Reviewed by Abby Meyer, First Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola
“We read ‘King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson.’ I loved it!
“In the story King Arthur’s very great grandson went on an adventure. He met a dragon, a giant, and a griffin. I really liked when they said let’s fight and the monsters didn’t fight, they played games instead.
I think my family would like this because it is about and adventure.”
Reviewed by Alex Fregalette, First Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola.
“[This was] an awesome book. I liked when Henry Alfred Grummorson went on an adventure to face the griffin and the griffin pulled out a chessboard. My favorite part is when the Cyclops and Henry had a staring contest.
I think any six-year-old like this since the story is about a six year old.”
Reviewed by Maddie Hellebusch, Second Grade, St. Ignatius Loyola.
“[This book] was funny. It had good art too.
“In the first part of the story a kid named Henry Alfred Grummorson had just turned six-years-old. He wanted to fight big monsters, so he and his donkey Knuckles set off to fight a dragon.
“My favorite part of the story is when the Cyclops was trying to have a staring contest. Henry said, ‘No, no, and no! I want to fight!’
“I would recommend this book to children that like knights, fighting and creatures.”
“Flight of the Last Dragon,” by Robert Burleigh.
Reviewed by Anna Rose Cornick, Fourth Grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“This book reminded me of a dragon movie that I saw with my sisters. My opinion was that in the beginning I kind of felt sad for Ultimon [the dragon] because he was lonely and sad. In the end I liked that it all worked out.
“I really enjoyed that [the book] involved the star constellation. I love learning about the star constellations and space. I also liked that Draco star. I will now look for it at night. I liked the pictures and all the colors. I also liked that [the author] added how the little girl looked out and heard flapping wings!
“Thanks to the author for writing this book; I really enjoyed it.”
Reviewed by Grace Cowsert, Fourth Grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“Ultimon is the very last dragon on earth and memories of the old glory days were always coming back to him. Ultimon lives deep underground where all is quiet. There are always these little voices that whisper ‘come Ulitmon come Ulitmon.’ And he flies, he flies! He follows them and turns in to something. But you will have to read to figure that out.
“I enjoyed this book because the pictures were beautiful and really described the setting and what was happening in the story. Also, it was really cool to actually learn about the constellations in the book.
“I would recommend this book to a person that likes dragons because that’s what its about.”
Reviewed by AnnaRose Cornick, Fourth Grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“The book reminded me of a dragon movie that I saw with my sisters. My opinion was that in the beginning I kind of felt sad for Ultimon because he was lonely and sad.
“In the end I liked that it all worked out; I really enjoyed that it involved the star constellation. I love learning about the star constellations and space. I also liked that Draco star. I will now look for it at night. I liked the pictures and all the colors. I also liked [how the author] added how the little girl looked out and heard flapping wings!
“Thanks [to the author] for writing this book, I really enjoyed it.”
Reviewed by Toby Miller, Fourth Grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“The book is about a dragon named Ultimon. He was the last dragon, and he was very lonely, and he wanted to find his friends.
“One day Ultimon heard a voice that called for him. He followed the voice up into the sky. Ultimon saw a bright light and went to it.
“This book was amazing! I enjoyed it so much! I really love this book because I like dragons. The people that like dragons would love this book, like I did.”
“I would recommend this book to anyone that likes dragons. Some other people would like it if they like fiction mystery books.”
Reviewed by Todd Bieg, Fourth Grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“This book was okay. I think it could be better for a little bit younger of children because it was less interesting for my age of kids because 10-year-olds are not that interested in dragons.
“I would recommend it to my brothers but not myself. This book is about the flight of the last dragon by Robert Burleigh. Ultimon is the last dragon alive till one day he hears a voice. Read the book to find out what happens next.”
Reviewed by Cole Nahlik, Fourth Grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“This was a good book but I think it was for little kids. It did not interest me. If I were six or seven, it would be the best book ever! But I’m older than that.
“In the book, Ultimon went to find his friends because he was lonely. That part is sad. I would recommend this book to my sister in kindergarten. She would love the book.
“In conclusion, I did not like the book.”
Reviewed by Mrs. Beer’s Second Grade Class, New Haven Elementary School.
“We like this book about a special dragon here on earth.
“Ultimon was once a king. At the beginning of the story he is living under a subway. He flies in space and see a crystal star.
“When he was flying he looked like a green comet. He turns gold at the end, which is our favorite part. We now want to look at stars at night to find the Draco Constellation.”
Reviewed by Mrs. Otten’s Second Grade Class, New Haven Elementary School.
“This is a fantastic story about a dragon. It starts out sad because Ultimon was all rusty and alone. Our favorite parts were when Ultimon looks like a green shooting star, and when he reaches the star Draco to be with his friends. We think the pictures by Mary GrandPré are awesome, especially the one where Ultimon finds the star and turns gold.
“We think someone who likes dragons will like this book.”
Reviewed by Diane Burke’s Second Grade Class, St. John the Baptist School.
“When we saw the cover we thought this book would be about a dragon in the city or the last dragon on Earth. It was about a dragon’s last flight.
“We are like the dragon because we are always looking for friends. We would recommend this book to anyone who likes dragons.”
Reviewed by Ella Horkey, Fourth Grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“Below the city there is a dragon that is weak. One day he hears a voice coming from a star saying all he has to do is fly far and there is a place that will make him happy. He thinks he is too weak, but he tries and makes it to the happy place. When he gets there, he is happy and healthy.
“My favorite part is when he is healthy again. Others should read this book because it is a good story and they will like it.”
Reviewed by Carlee Weber, Third Grade, Central Elementary School.
“This book is about the last dragon, Ultimon, or at least he thinks he is. The dragons are the Draco constellation in the sky. So Ultimon lived underneath a city all by himself, but then the stars called to him telling him to fly. Ultimon thinks he can’t fly, but then the stars call out for him to try. So then he finds golden scales in the sky.
“My favorite part of the book is when he becomes a constellation because he is happy and not lonely anymore.
“I recommend others read this book because it has great pictures and the poetry is something others will enjoy. Just the myth by itself is a great story for kids to remember.”
Reviewed by Rachel Bolte, Third Grade, Beaufort Elementary School.
“I liked this book because it is about a dragon king named Ultimon. He is the last dragon and lives under the streets. Ultimon is lonely. One night he climbs out of his manhole and calls out for help. Then a lone star says, ‘Come Ultimon, fly.’ When Ultimon tries he can’t do it, but when he tries again he can.
“My favorite part is when Ultimon takes flight. He gets up in the sky, and he turns into a constellation, and he is happy because it was a good ending.
“The pictures are good also. Others should read this because it was an enjoyable story. In the afterword it tells about Draco.
“The Last Dragonslayer,” by Jasper Fforde.
Reviewed by Alyssa Crum, Sixth Grade, Meramec Valley Middle School.
“I’m speechless. This book was just amazing. The main character, Jennifer Strange, finds out that in order to save the magic in her kingdom, someone must kill the last dragon. Whoever is appointed the last dragonslayer is the only one who can kill the dragon.
“I just loved how this book was so detailed and mythical. It’s like a mix between ‘Harry Potter’ books and the ‘Hunger Game’ series. There was nothing I didn’t like about the book. It was wonderful.
“My favorite character is Jennifer. I relate to her because she remains strong in even the hardest decisions. She stands up for herself against selfish people who want her to kill the dragon for their own selfish reasons.
“I recommend this book for people and kids of all ages. This book is just amazing!”