Friday, May 14, 2010

Donner the Western Dragon, Book Review

Donner the Western Dragon, A Hero's Tale
By Suzanne Davis Marion, Illustrated by Marj Hales
Self Published by author, 2009
33 pages, English

Donner the Western Dragon lived in a cold northern forest with his parents, brother and sister, and several other dragon families. Western dragons were noted for their warlike and fierce demeanor. The young dragons spent much of their spare time in rough-and-tumble games, snorting fire at one another, wrestling and fighting. While all the other young dragons were tumbling about and breathing fire all over the grass, flowers and trees, Donner much preferred romping and playing with his best friend, Una. Everyone found it strange that Una should be Donner’s best friend, as Una was a unicorn, an animal noted for its gentle disposition. Donner’s father and the other dragons mocked Donner for his quiet demeanor. They accused him of behaving like a peaceful Eastern dragon. He was an embarrassment to them. In an unexpected twist of fate, Donner’s unique personality and talents enabled him to intervene in a frightening situation, and become a hero, appreciated and commended by all.

I was excited about reviewing this book because my son loves to read and we really need new books. We read and re-read books for weeks and I get a tired of them way before he does! I read the book before I read it to him just to be sure it wasn't too scary for him and I really enjoyed the story and message. It took a few reading sessions to get through the whole book with my son because it's more words than a 3 year old is used to in a book. He has asked for it a few times since we finished it the first time. He likes it a lot. He cheers for Donner each time at the end. This should be on our bookshelf for a long time to come!

You can purchase a copy of Donner HERE. You can see other works by the author HERE.

I was provided with a review copy from the author. No other compensation has been provided and I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you to the author for agreeing to let me review her work.

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