Friday, February 12, 2010

Jack and the Fire Dragon

Author: Gail E. Haley

First line: Almost any evening there’ll be some young’uns at Poppyseed’s house.

Why you should read this book: The spirit of Appalachia shines through the dialect and linocut illustrations in this story of the well-known fairy tale scamp, Jack. When Old Fire Dragaman, a sometimes-giant, sometimes-dragon, commences to stealing food from Jack’s brothers, Jack stands his ground and overcomes the giant, but when his brothers decide they’ve had enough of Jack’s success, they trick him into entering the Old Fire Dragaman’s lair, where they expect the monster will soon finish him off. But Jack triumphs, coming out ahead when he not only slays the dragon, but gains the creature’s wealth, along with the prettiest wife in the world.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You’ve ever considered offing your siblings, or you’ve ever suspected your siblings of attempted fratricide.

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