A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Early-graders will be introduced to common elements of fantasy fiction, such as time travel, shape-shifting, wizardry, and magical objects.
The Droon books emphasize friendship and loyalty. Eric, Neal, and Julie never walk away from a friend in trouble.
Positive Role Models
Of the three friends/protagonists in the series, Eric is the leader -- loyal, devoted, and protective. Galen, the wise old wizard of Droon, is occasionally forgetful, but is a devoted mentor to and protector of Droon's inhabitants.
Violence & Scariness
In Droon, powerful sorcerers like the big, bad Lord Sparr and Queen Salamandra cast spells and otherwise use their magic and minions for evil, but most of the scary stuff consists of darkness or flashing lights or frightening/ugly looking monsters. These books are age-appropriate for new chapter book readers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that young fantasy lovers who are starting to read chapter books love the Secrets of Droon series. These compact, exciting, nicely illustrated novels follow a similar formula to Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House books, in which kid heroes find a magical pathway to another place and time. However, in the Droon books, the children travel to a fantasy world full of sorcerers, wizards, and magic. The Droon series includes suspenseful situations and scary bad guys, but there's no gore, and the magic rainbow staircase is as reliable as the Magic Tree House.
Is It Any Good?
Tony Abbott's Droon series includes many elements of fantasy fiction that are super familiar to older kids and grown-ups, but to 7- and 8-year-old readers, these devices are fresh and inventive. These tidy, magical early chapter books make a terrific introduction to fantasy fiction for kids who love the genre but aren't old enough to read Tolkien or Harry Potter.
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