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Dragonbreath (Dragonbreath #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,310 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews
It's not easy for Danny Dragonbreath to be the sole mythical creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians?especially because he can't breathe fire like other dragons (as the school bully loves to remind him). But having a unique family comes in handy sometimes, like when his sea-serpent cousin takes Danny and his best iguana friend on a mindboggling underwater tour, co ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Dial Books
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Mary Catelli It's named after the main character, who is Danny Dragonbreath.

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It's possible that my opinion of this book has been influenced by the appearance in my bed this morning (at, possibly, 7am, I don't know, I didn't have my glasses on yet), of a seven-year-old who wasn't interested in it when I suggested it to him yesterday at the library, but who had apparently woken up, read the whole book, and now needed to synopsize it for me, read the funniest passages out loud, and tell me that he needs the next book in the series RIGHT NOW.

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Aug 10, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
Blame Babymouse. Why not? Babymouse, for those of you unfamiliar with the series, is the hot pink infused graphic novel sensation that has boys and girls alike wrapped tightly up in the time and trials of a little mouse with messy whiskers and a weakness for a good cupcake. No one anticipated the massive success of the series, and since its creation there have been multiple attempts to topple it from its throne. Terms like "it's the new Babymouse" have been many, but until now no comic booky-lik ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Praxedes rated it really liked it
What a cute book! It creates a humorous and instructive atmosphere by combining a field trip with adventure. It was never boring even though the subject matter has been covered to death --kudos to Vernon for getting it right. Great for kids grades 5-8.
Aug 03, 2009 Scope rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
It seems like lately, illustration has been making all sorts of inroads into what was once text-only territory. You can’t go very far in a library or bookstore these days without coming across some new-fangled marriage between these two mediums. My Unwilling Witch, Frankie Pickle, Prince of Underwhere, Max Disaster, and (of course) the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series have all combined words and images in ways that have left catalogers in fits (Which shelf does this go on!?). Dragonbreath, by Ursula ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Gideon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
danny dragonbreath and wendell go to visit edward to complete a project about the sea.they went thew a lot of trouble with sea anamales.he did not know how to breath fire untill wendell and danny fight a squid and danny breath fire but it turns in to seam right away
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is a cute little graphic novel/book. It is definitely intended for younger children and does a good job of teaching while it tells a fun story. This would probably be a good book for any reluctant readers out there. It is aimed a bit more at boys than girls, but either should enjoy it.

Danny is a dragon who can't breathe fire and who has a bit of trouble getting his homework done. Danny and his pal Wendell, contact Danny's cousin Edward the seaserpent for some help on Danny's paper about the
Jun 05, 2016 Boni rated it it was ok
Shelves: chapter-mg
I thought this would be a no-brainer for my 8 yo son who is not a reader. Unfortunately, although the attractive format and size and concept scream "reluctant reader", the voice does not. My son read a few pages and wouldn't go any farther. So I read it and it wasn't hard to see why- the voice is just not accessible enough for the reader this book will attract. An example sentence: "Mr. Dragonbreath's boss had brought in three motivational speakers in the last month to talk to all the employees ...more
I'm not sure if "realistic fantasy" is a genre, but this is it. The book is about Danny Dragonbreath (who is having trouble with his fire-breathing skills), and his iguana best friend. Also featured is a komodo dragon as the bully, and a sea serpent as the helpful cousin who helps Danny with his report on the ocean. There's elements of Calvin and Hobbes here (think potato salad that comes alive), as well as every other elementary school realistic fiction narrative (homework, bullying, friendship ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Kellee rated it liked it
Danny Dragon is the only dragon in a school of reptiles and amphibians. This would be no problem for most dragons, but Danny isn't like most dragons- he hasn't learned to breath fire yet... This leaves Danny open and vulnerable to bullies. TO make matters worse, Danny got his first "F" on a paper for science class and has to actually do some research on the ocean. Of course, Danny can't just go to the library and do some research, he has to go about things the hard way... Read to find out if Dan ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I really got a kick out of this book. It's half graphic novel, half chapter book format. It features different creatures, including our main character who is a dragon. Only, he's having some problems learning how to breathe fire. When him and his best friend take a tour of the ocean with his cousin, a sea-serpent, he manages to almost breathe fire - only he's underwater.. so it sizzles out right away. The water is full of fascinating and frightening creatures, but will Danny survive to write his ...more
Worth it for the illustrations alone, which are completely adorable (but if you know Vernon, that comes as no surprise). The text is occasionally a little info-dumpy for an adult reader--very "here is a list of cool facts about the ocean, kids! isn't science neat?"--but since the intended audience is, in fact, kids, I can't really hold that against it. I doubt it would have bothered me when I was eight, anyway.

The potato salad subplot is probably my favorite part.
Sep 17, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago but must have forgotten to add it. This is a cute adventure story that's part graphic novel, part text about a little dragon kid who hasn't been able to breathe fire yet, which is very frustrating for him. He and his friends go under the sea on an adventure. It's funny, the action moves quickly, and the mixed format works well. This should be appreciated by people who like Frankie Pickle, or funny fantasy graphic novels like Salem Hyde or Rutabaga the Adventure Chef.
Lindsey Kay
Dec 18, 2012 Lindsey Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-kiddos
This is a great book for kids just starting on chapter books. I bought it to read at bedtime but my son asked for it after school as well, and has since read it to himself many times. I have to confess that I really got into it myself and almost immediately bought the whole series. The illustrations have great personality and the story is engaging. Strongly recommended!
Jul 13, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I now know why my lower level reader like this book and it does not stay on the shelf. It is a cute story that is a good next step after the babymouse series. This offers more text and more of a storyline, but the graphics in this do hook the reader. I think it is time to get a few more of the Dragonbreath books at the schools.
May 28, 2011 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Part novel, part comic, this first in a series is fun, funny, and has some terrific educational bits about ocean life thrown in, as well. I'm wondering whether they will all be somewhat educational, or if it was just this one. I predict it will be VERY popular at school.

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Mar 16, 2014 Lynn added it
Started reading this series with my 8 year old this fall. They are cute and they language is not watered down so it gives lots of opportunity to increase vocab as well as entertain.
Nicole Lundrigan
Jan 30, 2016 Nicole Lundrigan rated it it was amazing
An adorable series - pages full of witty text and illustrations. I'm reading the books with one of my children - and we are both really enjoying them.
Lance Janik
Aug 24, 2015 Lance Janik rated it it was amazing
Funny all I can say is funny it was fun to read and it justis a great book
Jan 12, 2016 Madissen rated it it was ok
i did not like it at all and it did not feel like that was my level it felt like it was a T level.
Ja B
Dec 11, 2016 Ja B rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was about a dragon named Danny and his friend named Wendel who is a iguana. Danny needed to write a essay on the ocean but he didn't know anything about the ocean. So he went to his cousin, who is a sea monster, and they explored the ocean. First, they went to a coral reef and got chased by a shark! Then they went down to the deepest part of the sea and saw a very weird fish. After, they got snatched by a giant squid! Wendel ok most got eaten but Danny breathed fire and fou ...more
Книжни Криле
Издателство „Плеяда” излиза извън своето обичайно амплоа с издаването на серията „Огнедъх” (много приятен превод на заглавието „Dragonbreath”) от Урсула Върнън. Поредицата е в много приятна хибридна форма между роман и комикс и е насочена към по-младите читатели. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":
Alex Berg
Jan 08, 2017 Alex Berg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kids
I read this chapter by chapter to my five year old every night, and he loved it. He recalled exactly where we'd left off and was eager to read the next chapter every night, which is a first for chapter books. (Our only other foray into a 'real' book had been a pretty spectacular failure.) The addition of graphic novel sections amidst the regular book elements I think helped him focus and softened the transition from picture books. Overall, a great read, I suspect more for boys than girls. There' ...more
Isaac James
Nov 22, 2016 Isaac James rated it really liked it
I really liked it.
In this graphic novel Danny Dragonbreath has one day to fix a report.
The report that he got a F on.
He and Wendell [His iguana friend.] go the Sargosso sea.
To visit his cousin Edward the Sea Serpent.
Edward gives them Breath Mints [They give you under water breath and
feel like tap dancing spiders!!!]
They get chased By a Mako shark,vampire squid and a Kraken!!! [Giant squid.]
Then The Sperm whale Eee!aee![click]ee'ee'aiiee[click]* saves them.
[That's whale for "Eats-a-lot-of-squid
Dec 21, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: laura
Perhaps I shouldn't be, but I'm always amazed by how different my taste in books can be from Jonathan's. We like a lot of the same stuff, but we also diverge considerably. This book is a good example. I liked it, it was OK, but not the flying through it can't wait for the next one experience that Jonathan had. To be fair, I was sick when I read it, and therefore much less likely to "Laugh until smoke comes out of [my] nose."
Kevin Mrgeski
Nov 22, 2016 Kevin Mrgeski rated it really liked it
This book is about a dragon who is in school and goes on these many cool, UN-real adventure. Each book has a different adventure. It has a lot of detail and each character have their own unique personalities. The main character is a dragon who has not learned how to breath fire yet, and his best friend is an iguana. The whole series is very interesting and each book has a cool adventure.
Ian Cohen
Dec 09, 2016 Ian Cohen rated it it was amazing
This is my son Patrick's review. "I really liked when Danny and Wendell went under the sea and met the mako shark with cousin Edward. I also liked when the puffer fish blew up and Wendell thought it was going to explode!" He can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Zack Brady
Jan 10, 2017 Zack Brady rated it it was amazing
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Nov 25, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Great pick for new chapter book readers. Fantastic mix of humor, illustrations, magic, and school life situations.
Jan 01, 2017 Verkizen rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-fant, read-in-2016
Cute book about young dragon trying to breathe fire. This has excellent illustrations alongside the text.
Nov 15, 2016 Zachary rated it really liked it
Very funny.
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Ursula Vernon is a freelance writer, artist and illustrator. She is best known for the webcomic Digger and the children's books Dragonbreath and Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew. Ursula is also a prolific painter and the creator of the Biting Pear of Salamanca, a work which became an internet meme in the form of the "LOL WUT" pear.

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