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Jane and the Dragon

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Girl-knight story is predictable but enchanting.

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This cute little story matches a spunky girl character, a wistful jester, and a confused dragon with a challenging message to do the unexpected. The outcome is predictable, but it's an enchanting tale all the same. With her wild red hair billowing out from under her helmet, the armored Jane shows a kind of good-hearted, undaunted spirit that is meant to inspire. Still, she feels like just one of us. We expect her to make mistakes, get herself in trouble, and come out a hero in the end.

Author Martin Baynton hoped to "reverse the treatment of fairytale heroines," and he has succeeded with Jane. His colored-pencil drawings are soft, yet strong just like his main character. And his message is a good one.

Book Details

  • Author: Martin Baynton
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: February 13, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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