CBR Bingo: Monster
Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon has cured all my ills. This story about an irrepressible dragon named Danny who can’t breathe fire (but has no fear) is so delightful, and the illustrations so insanely adorable, that it’s changed my entire day, which until this point has been as fun as a case of scurvy.
Dragonbreath #1 follows Danny around as he goes about his day, starting at the Herpitax-Phibbias School for Reptiles and Amphibians, where he is the only semi-mythical beast of his kind. He has a best friend iguana and a tendency to not do his homework in a timely way. At lunch he encounters a recalcitrant potato salad (band name!), then goes on an adventure with his best friend to see his sea serpent relative, who he hopes will help him with his (late) school paper about the ocean. They have a grand adventure checking out all the ocean creatures.
I loved the story and its humor, but the drawings in particular made my little heart glad. They are just so freaking cute! I wonder if there is a Danny beanie toy out there? I want to run out and buy everything Dragonbreath-related. After I write this review I’m going hunting!
To be honest, I’m not sure I should count Danny as a monster, because he is cute as a button. Well, who’s to say monsters can’t be cute? I’ve dated a few, so I should know. Plus my pug kind of counts too, though maybe cute isn’t the operative word. More like taxidermic.
This was a sweet little book for younger readers, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. Snrrk <—dragonbreath