Parents' Guide to

The Ice Dragon

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Beautifully illustrated dragon fantasy is short but intense.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Bloated dead bodies and heads split by axes.

My 7 year old came home with it from the library. The first page I opened it to had a pretty horrific description of a head split open by an axe, and the smell of bloated green dead bodies. He won't be reading that one for a few years.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 8+

Short but exciting story

This short novel is wonderfully written! Really captured my daughters imagination. Pretty intense and can be scary in parts. It has references to a war and describes the injured troops. Quite a gritty ending that could be too much for younger readers. The language is challenging but great for improving vocabulary.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

THE ICE DRAGON is an engaging, if brief, dragon fantasy. The gorgeous illustrations, along with every aspect of the book's design, including the beautiful illustrated type, are what make it a satisfying experience, given that the story itself is so short and ends rather abruptly.

Dragon lovers, especially elementary and middle schoolers, will be enchanted with Adara and her magnificent ice dragon. The heirloom-quality presentation ensures that it'll be a pleasure to revisit many times.

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