Dragon Rider

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Dragon tale is great for bedtime read-aloud.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 42 reviews

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

Positive Messages

This story is really meant for entertainment, but on a stretch, you could find a subtle message about the encroachment of humans on nature.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One-dimensional characters, and a gentle approach that, while exciting, eschews violence. The villain is all bark and bad temper, most of the characters are helpful and kind.

Violence & Scariness
Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is meant for fun, not literary discussion.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMamaJamie April 9, 2008

Fantastic adventure for all ages!

I read this book before my son read it, since my son is 7 and I was familiar with the author's other books(they're more for a little older set with so... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 8, and 12 year old Written bykellyrw June 13, 2011

excellent story

We listened to the audio book, it was excellent. A few scenes are a bit scary, but overall the book is wonderfully written and a fabulous story. Good prevails... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysaltwater19 June 6, 2011

GREAT BOOK

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS 1 OF MY FAVORITES!! :) :) :) :)
Kid, 12 years old July 22, 2009

BEST BOOK!!!

I love this book so freaking much! I own it, and I've read it three times! I love Sorell!!

What's the story?

In a valley in Scotland the last of the silver dragons hide from the encroachment of humans. But now this last valley is being invaded too. Firedrake, a young dragon, sets out to find the legendary ancestral home of the dragons, the Rim of Heaven, high in the Himalayas, where dragons can be safe and undisturbed forever. Accompanying him are Sorrel, a crabby brownie, and eventually Ben, an orphan, and Twigleg, a homunculus who may be hiding a treacherous secret.

Following a map drawn by a rat, the trio trek across Europe and the Middle East, heading for India. But they are followed by the spies of Nettlebrand, an artificial golden dragon created to destroy all dragons, who also wants to know where the Rim of Heaven lies, so he can finish the task he was created for.

Is it any good?

This book is exciting but not too scary, humorous, with short chapters and plenty of cliffhangers. DRAGON RIDER was actually Cornelia Funke's first book in Germany, but it wasn't offered in English until after the success of her two other books. Despite its excessive length, it's aimed at a younger audience with a simple, straightforward plot, one-dimensional characters, and a gentle approach that, while exciting, eschews violence. The villain is all bark and bad temper, most of the characters are helpful and kind, and the ending is predictable, but satisfying.

It reads like a middle-grade novel -- well, all right, three middle-grade novels. Ambitious young readers will want to read this themselves, but it would be a great extended bedtime read-aloud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about extinction caused by human encroachment.

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