Synopses & Reviews
Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!
Dragons wake up,
From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two bestselling talents, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Derek Anderson, this book will make any young reader fly out of bed.
"Dragons are just not morning people. They 'bumble' and 'tumble' out of bed, and the doughty little knight who is their master risks life and limb just getting them to 'Put their jammies in the hamper.' But with a little patience and a delicious breakfast of waffles (served via catapult), the dragons are ready to serve as a form of airborne transportation to school that's much more awesome than any old yellow bus. Yolen's (the How Do Dinosaurs? books) informal, pared-down rhymes have some minor bumps ('breakfast waffles,/ topped with syrup,/ which makes dragons /really cheer up'), but they serve their purpose: setting up Anderson's marvelous acrylic paintings. With cinematic framing, sculptural shapes, a strong sense of physical comedy, and a fittingly medieval palette of saturated jewel tones, Anderson (the Little Quack series) portrays his horned dragons as hulking slugabeds who morph into surprisingly nimble winged beasts. The young knight scampers around their massive bodies like a practiced mountain climber, willing to risk getting stomped for the reward of having the ultimate lift to Knight School. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Yolen…keeps the energetic beat throughout. Andersons bright acrylic illustrations round out the spare text with many added details and guffaws. Morning-routine stories abound, but for the very young this one bounces with exuberance." Kirkus Reviews
"What a treat when Yolen employs her fantasy-writing talents for the younger set. Andersons familiar golden-washed cartoon paintings embellish the humor. Details like a fire extinguisher labeled 'In case of dragon breath,' as well as the dragons flying goggles, mean this storys popularity will spread like fire." SLJ
"With cinematic framing, sculptural shapes, a strong sense of physical comedy, and a fittingly medieval palette of saturated jewel tones, Anderson (the Little Quack series) portrays his horned dragons as hulking slugabeds who morph into surprisingly nimble wingled beasts." Publishers Weekly
"Andersons charming, richly hued illustrations animatedly depict the armor-clad little knight and the cute, expressive dragons antics…Droll touches abound in the text, which highlights and celebrates responsibilities, from morning prep to providing transport. This delightful offering interweaves fun fantasy and familiar getting-ready routines in an entertaining, enjoyable read." Booklist
About the Author
Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 200 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry and has even been called “the Hans Christian Anderson of America” (Newsweek). Jane Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at JaneYolen.com.Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkeys Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.