Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

When a bookish dragon settles on the hill near his home, Kenny is anxious to investigate. He is made a little nervous by Grahame's size at first meeting, but soon the two are best friends. However, the citizens of the nearby town aren't so anxious to make friends with a dragon. The problem grows when Kenny realizes George, another of his close friends, has been ordered to exterminate Grahame. Soon it will take all of Kenny's brains and strength of character to save his newest friend from the prejudice of the villagers.

This sweet story of friendship and loyalty is great for a variety of ages. Tony DiTerlizzi is an excellent illustrator as well as author and his pictures add to the marvelous story. I read this out loud with my 3, 5, and 9 year olds and they all enjoyed this story. This isn't an easy reader, but with the frequent pictures it is a good transition from easy chapter books to some more complex reading.

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