With my second read from the library’s children’s department for the year, it appears that I’m regressing rather than aging. Which might not be all bad. But when Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings reviewed this homage to Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, I knew I had to read it. Immediately. Fortunately, I was on my way to the library, and fortunately the library had a copy available.
Kenny & the Dragon is a charming tale of friendships, misunderstandings, and overcoming preconceptions: after a dragon, Grahame, shows up in town, our hero Kenny (short for Kenneth, of course) must convince his family and friends that Grahame isn’t like any other dragon before the king’s knight arrives for an execution.
It is an adorable tale, but although I enjoyed the literary allusions (from Wilde to Shakespeare) and the friendship between a rabbit and a dragon, what really made the story—the reason I think to read it—are the lovely illustrations. (In many ways, after all, this is just a new version of Kenneth Grahame’s tale.) Just paging through the brief tale is a delight.
And the best part? Kenny and Grahame both love books!