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Review: The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen

I’m a long time fan of Ms. Yolen’s picture books. I was excited to be able to review this graphic novel.

In this story,the dragons are ancient history and extinct. Or so the residents of Meddlesome thought until livestock and people start disappearing from the town. Then the dragon is sighted. The town’s people do what they can to protect themselves from the vicious beast, but decide what they really need is a hero to rid them of the huge lizard.

Three young boys head out of town in search of this hero, but their search has an unexpected result.

In the end, this man against dragon tale concludes in the usual manner.

I was mesmerized by the detailed, old-world quality of the artwork and recommend the book on the strength of that alone. The story was a bit choppy in places, and I found the transitions between scenes to be slightly jarring more than once. I feel as if the text portion of the book could have benefited from more details and dialogue.

The book is a short 144 pages and an entertaining quick read. If you are into beautiful illustrations or have a hankering for another evil dragon story, this is a good choice.

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley.