DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Light, fun Minecraft adventure for fans of YouTube star.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Shows how scientific investigation can be used to answer questions (though the science is of the gizmo and gadget variety).

Positive Messages

If you know someone's trying to do something wrong, you have a responsibility to take action. Science can be an effective approach to solving problems. Don't blindly follow leaders who've lost sight of the goal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

DanTDM is an eager, patient lab assistant and a brave warrior when he and his friends are in peril. He's compassionate and kind to Trayaurus, his dog, and the pigs he befriends. Trayaurus uses science to investigate anything he doesn't understand and to help solve problems, and DanTDM is an eager, patient helper. He's especially brave. Denton's assistant, Fin, is hardworking and loyal but stands up to his boss when he betrays their goals.

Violence & Scariness

Brief scenes of cartoon violence: Characters are struck by objects, one character suffers black eye in a fall, clone army battles the good guys and destroys a building.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal is a kid-friendly graphic novel by Minecraft-playing YouTube celebrity DanTDM (also known by his YouTube handle, the Diamond Minecart, and his real name, Daniel Middleton). The story riffs off DanTDM's popular Minecraft videos, featuring his character Dr. Trayaurus and his rival, Denton, who wants to take over the world. DanTDM is one of the most kid-friendly YouTubers, and his book steers clear of any possibly offensive content. There's a touch of cartoon violence. Readers unfamiliar with DanTDM's videos may want to check out his YouTube channel.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byIluvhuskies22 December 3, 2017

DanTDM Best Youtuber

What I think about this comic book is that it’s for people like me or my younger brother, but it’s probably not for kids younger than 8 years of age. I think it... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 23, 2017

Confusing and badly written

When I got the book I wasn't really a diehard Dantdm fan anymore, more a casual one. I'd watch his videos when I was bored but I didn't keep goin... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 17, 2017

Not to Shabby

Some people think "Oh look another person who's gonna make them live in my basement for 4 years after collage! Yay!" But that's not right w... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DANTDM: TRAYAURUS AND THE ENCHANTED CRYSTAL, Dr. Trayaurus and his loyal assistant, Dan, discover a crystal shard capable of powering their entire lab. They soon realize it's just one of several pieces that broke off as the crystal crashed to Earth -- a group of pigs found a tiny piece and discovered it can give them the power of speech. Trayaurus' nemesis, Denton, also finds another shard and is greedy for more: He wants to harness the crystal's power to build an unstoppable clone army to take over the world. Trayaurus and DanTDM race to find the crystals first, with help from pigs who also covet the crystals' power.

Is it any good?

Already one of the hottest Minecraft players on YouTube, DanTDM is expanding his storytelling empire with an amusing -- though conventional -- tale featuring familiar characters from his videos. DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal is a classic good-vs.-evil tale, complete with sidekicks, gadgets, and an evil lair.

DanTDM's cheery persona makes the jump offscreen largely intact and livens up the pedestrian plot. The graphic novel format isn't always used well -- the action is sometimes hard to follow, and several sequences pad pages without moving the plot along. DanTDM's fans probably won't mind, however. They'll especially enjoy seeing favorite elements from his YouTube videos carried over here, including plentiful pigs and his skeleton dog, Grim. A two-page spread introduces the characters to the uninitiated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how well DanTDM's online world translates to the written page in DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal. Do you enjoy the book as much as the videos?

  • Which Minecraft-playing YouTubers do you especially enjoy watching? Which ones do you think could be made into books?

  • Read about everyone on "Team DanTDM" listed in the back of the book and talk about their roles. Are you surprised so many people helped create this book? Do you think most YouTube stars are solo operators, or do they get help behind the scenes?

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