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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
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Betsy
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
paula
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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Scope
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
Gideon
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
Boni
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
Karissa
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...more
Kellee
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
Lynn
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.
Kristen
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
Haley Caudell
The Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon is a series of stories about a young mythical dragon living in a town full of reptiles and amphibians. Unlike other dragons, Danny cannot breathe fire, which causes some trouble for him at school. Some of his classmates do not believe he is a real mythical dragon due to his inability to produce fire. He also has a hard time doing his homework, but when an opportunity arises to redo his science paper on oceans, he travels to the ocean with his best friend...more
ambyr
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.
Lindsey Kay
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!
Becky
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.
babyhippoface
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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Katie
Jake (8) loved this book. He carried it everywhere with him and "read" it. I know he didn't read most of it due to the complex vocabulary that, at times, stumped me. But he loved it and is looking forward to the second book in the series. I liked it too. The story of a dragon who can't breathe fire in a world of non-mythical creatures and doesn't like to do his homework, dives into the sea to learn about ocean creatures from a first hand perspective. My issues? While reading this out loud I foun...more
Kaethe
I had this marked as "read" but without a date, and since I can't remember anything from the description, I'm guessing that was a mistake.

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Yes, it was. Like The Invention of Hugo Cabret it's a novel, but it also has illustrations that are vital to moving the story along. It's fun, and particularly appealing to the sort of reader who loves Babymouse: Queen of the World!. I've no doubt that the PandaBat will be devouring all of these in short order.
Emily
Apr 25, 2014 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lola? Are there any books in the series with girls in them?
Recommended to Emily by: sfsqueecast's rec of Diggers
Shelves: young-readers, comix
Read aloud with my 5-year-old.

I look forward to returning to these books in a couple of years. Most of the character-based humor (Wendell's timidity, Danny's enthusiasm, Edward's chthonian grandeur, Big Eddy's inept bullying) missed him completely.

But the sea creature gross-outs and fights were a big hit.

And, as a response to other reviews, I appreciate the sophisticated vocabulary: our approach is to push on through unless the unknown word is plot-essential, and practice figuring things out fro...more
JennRenee

This was a very anticipated read for me. Everything about the book really drew me in. I was happy to find it on audio and dove in. I enjoyed the listen, great story and great characters. It was a refreshing read for YA fantasy. Not too deep but more than a light read. The only issue (small issue) I had was the pacing. It lacked a bit for me. Other than the pacing, wonderful read.


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Nicola Mansfield
Dragonbreath is a graphic novel-text hybrid. While the majority of the book is written in text, every so often it will venture off into anywhere from a single page to several pages of graphic novel format which are interwoven right into the story. An interesting use of the graphic novel format which makes the book read quickly. Dragonbreath is the only dragon in his reptile and amphibian school and he has yet to learn how to breath fire but that's not his only problem. He hates doing schoolwork...more
Ashley
Danny Dragonbreath is a plucky young dragon, the only dragon in fact, attending the Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibians. Most of the other students don't think he's really a dragon, because he can't breathe fire. Plus they didn't think dragons existed until his family moved to town. Danny needs to re-write his science paper on oceans (truthfully this time), so he and his friend Wendell, an iguana, go on an underwater adventure with Danny's cousin (Edward!), a sea serpent, as the...more
Kate
I liked this little book "Dragonbreath" by Ursula Vernon, and I think that I'll read another one in her series. I think that the mix of text and comic book-like illustrations make it a good read for an elementary school student who is transitioning from picture books to chapter books and misses having pictures to look at. The plot of "Dragonbreath" lends itself to learning about life in the oceans and to talking about classroom responsibilities. I was impressed by all the information about ocean...more
Nigarsan
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernom
This book is about a dragon named "Danny" who can't breathe fire and goes on adventures with his iguana friend, Wendell. In this book, Danny gets a "F" on his science assignment on the ocean and must rewrite it or he'll fail for real. With Wendell and his sea serpent cousin, he ventures into the ocean to learn more about it.In his journey to the ocean, he sees many things like a sunken ship and the lost city of Atlantis! But, he faces many dangers along the way tha...more
Briana
Dragonbreath is a clever read featuring a spunky and courageous protagonist. The book is a combination of "normal" book text interspersed with comic-like pages that tell parts of the story in ways that make them easier to digest and a lot funnier. Seeing the characters in silly situations with little exclamations of woe or disgust in their speech bubbles is highly amusing! This artistic approach also heightens the reader's sense that Danny is a hero, even if he is still learning to breathe fire....more
Stacey
Kimmel’s Pick
Genre – Graphic Novel

Summary:
Danny Dragonbreath is a dragon that can’t breathe fire and is very lazy when is comes to schoolwork. When his teacher forces him to do his ocean paper over again he drags his best friend, Wendell, an iguana to visit and enlist his cousin a sea serpent with help on his paper. They are soon off on an adventure neither will ever forget.

A) The writing style along with the descriptive and sometimes-humorous illustrations engage the reader to keep on reading a...more
Sarah W
Danny Dragonbreath is a dragon in trouble. No matter how hard he tries or how many pep talks he endures from his dad Danny cannot breathe fire. He's the only dragon at Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibian, where he is routinely harassed by Big Eddy, Komodo dragon bully. Now his last second report on the Snorkelbat earned him an F from Mr. Snaug, who is demanding a rewrite by the next day.

Danny brushes off his best friend Wendell's suggestion he go to the library. Instead Danny per...more
Holly Letson
Danny Dragonbreath is a dragon child, but unlike other dragons, he cannot breathe fire. And, he worries alot about that, because his parents are constantly pressuring him about it.
At school, Danny is teased by a bully, and always has to give him his lunch. Hilariously, one day the lunch--a potato salad--bites the bully. Even the bully's sidekicks think that's hilarious.
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But, the real trouble is that Danny gets an "F" on his report about "The Ocean", and is instructed to rewrite it....more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Danny Dragonbreath may dream of being a fearsome pirate on the high seas, but in reality, he's just a young dragon - the only mythical creature in an entire school of reptiles and amphibians - who can't even breathe fire yet and spends his days defending himself from bullies and vicious potato salad lunches, before the bullies steal them.

He doesn't really know anything about the ocean, either, so when his best friend, Wendell the iguana, refuses t...more
Brenda
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. Like Big Eddy, a not very bright Komodo dragon. TO make matters worse, Danny got his first "F" on a paper for science class (probably because he wrote it on the bus going to school and made up the sea creature he wrote about. Anybody here ever heard of a Snork...more
Jen
Vernon, U. (2009). Dragonbreath. New York, New York: Dial Books.

Dragonbreath is a series. The first book is just called Dragonbreath, and it is about a dragon named Danny, his iguana friend Wendell, and their trip under the sea. Danny is in the 5th grade, and he has to do a research paper about the ocean. He hurriedly scrapes together a paper the morning that it’s due, and promptly gets an F on it. He talks to his teacher after school, who gives him another chance to do it right. So Danny decide...more
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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.

Ursula's cover for Best in Show...more
More about Ursula Vernon...
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