So the very day after I wrote a post about flicks you can find on Netflix which are adapted from cool kid’s books,we randomly stopped in at the local Chapters and I found this lovely hardcover How to Train Your Dragon book hanging out in the discount section.
|The (In)Complete Book of Dragons|
It was marked down to $6.99. How could I say no? I mean I have a really hard time saying no to books in general, so when my 8-year old daughter, Rainbow, asked if we could get it I readily agreed.
1) The book is awesome. It’s full of lovely sketchy artwork, odd typography, and “handwritten” notations.
2) Rainbow, my third grader, loves it.
3) She needs help reading some of the handwritten parts, particularly the cursive. (At points I felt like maybe so did I. Hiccup really needs to work on his penmanship).
4) Reading this book is encouraging Rainbow to want to learn cursive, a skill they apparently no longer teach in school.
5) Aside from the fact that it includes cursive I have no clue why this was in the “for teenagers” section. It’s perfectly suitable for 8 year olds.
6) Apparently dragons don’t hatch, they explode out of their eggs. My daughter thought this passage was the funniest thing she’d read, ever. She read it aloud to me at least twelve times.
7) Reading this with her made me want to go back and watch How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
8) Reading this had another side effect, it caused Rainbow to beg me to let her stream the next episode, or four, of Dragons: Race to the Edge. (In case you missed it — season two of Dragons: Race to the Edge just hit Netflix in January, so there’s thirteen new episodes waiting to be streamed.)
How about you folks? Any Dragon Rider fans in your household? Have you picked up any of the How to Train Your Dragon books? (And is there a reason these are being marketed as “for teens” that I’m missing?)
(As of when I’m writing this Chapters still has discount copies of The (In)Complete Book of Dragons available. You can’t buy it online, but you can check this page to see if a store near you has it in stock.)
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and as such I am compensated to provide thoughts and suggestions about what’s currently showing on Netflix. As always my words and opinions are my own.