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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

The Blockbuster #1 New York Times Bestseller, Now in Paperback! With a lonely boy named Ben on board, the brave young dragon Firedrake sets out on a magical journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. Flying over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they encounter fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage--and cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who's determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons in this enchanting adventure about the true meaning home.…

Dragon Rider

by Cornelia Funke

Overall Book Review:

Long before Eragon, there was another story written about a dragon rider…

Cornelia Funke penned Dragon Rider in 1997 in German and it was later translated into English after American readers discovered her books The Thief Lord and Inkheart.  Dragon Rider is a thrilling and utterly charming middle grade fantasy.  It brings together a boy, a brownie, a dragon, and other fabulous creatures as they travel halfway around the world on a quest.  The charismatic characterization, abundant adventure, humor, and top-notch narration make  it irresistable.  (In fact, it was one of the first books my son read after he graduated from chapter books and it hooked him completely.  He found the the brownie’s antics hilarious.)

Narrated by Brenden Fraser, the audio version of this book is a home-run.  Mr. Fraser created unique voices for each of the characters and he is so brilliant, you will hardly recognize him as the reader at times.

Boys, girls, young, old–this is a book that anyone can fall in love with.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity.

Violence/Gore:  Verbal threat to do harm; several verbal threats by magical creature to eat other magical creatures and humans; reports of magical creatures and animals being hunted/killed/eaten in the past; a couple of instances where magical creatures are destroyed with magic, non-detailed; characters chased and hunted by magical creature who intends to eat/kill them; destruction of property, no casualties; stones thrown and they hit animals. 

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
0
10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!