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Publisher's Note:

TEXAS BLUEBONNET AWARD 2019-20 MASTER LIST WINNER 2018 AESOP PRIZE (AMERICAN FOLKLORE SOCIETY) NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE NAMED TO KIRKUS' REVIEWS BEST BOOKS OF 2018 NPR 2018 GREAT READS How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Guided by the classic works of F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, Hernandez’s first book for young readers brings the sights and stories of Latin America to a new generation of graphic-novel fans around the world. This book is a 2019-2020 nominee for the Bluebonnet Award by the Texas Library Association.…

Overall Book Review:

The Dragonslayer brings Latin American folktales to life in graphic novel format. The three stories that were chosen for this collection are likely to be unfamiliar to readers in the United States or Europe. They share some of the aspects that cause fairy tales to be loved by people in all parts of the world. Heroes (and heroines) who are good and triumph over evil monsters, talking animals, magic, and laughter abound in this book. Each story also carries with it a lesson, as all good fairy tales should, cleverly disguised as simple fun. Since these stories are fresh and new and aren’t the same fairy tales that schoolchildren have probably heard in school and seen made into movies, the plots are intriguing, and it’s impossible to predict the twists and turns and the endings. Young elementary students who like fairy tales and fantasy will enjoy this book.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A character cuts off a monster’s head, and this head is shown in later pictures (it is bloodless and not scary); a character is turned to stone; a character nearly drowns; animals voluntarily cut off parts of their bodies (this is also bloodless and not gory); the afterword briefly discusses the ritual of a wake held for a dead relative.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters flirt verbally (for example, telling someone they are pretty); characters get married.

Mature Subject Matter:

The afterword briefly discusses the ritual of a wake held for a dead relative.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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Sex/Nudity
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10

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About the Reviewer

My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.