Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs Review

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon

(from the back of the book)
Danny Dragonbreath finds school rather dull. But when ninja frogs try to kidnap the new foreign exchange student and claim she's their rightful ninja queen, things get a bit more interesting. As Danny wisely says, "We have a ninja problem!" Luckily, Danny has seen a whole lot of kung fu movies and is ready for anything. Well, almost.

Like the first Dragonbreath book this one is a mix of novel and graphic novel. The graphics are cute and expressive. You don’t have to read the first one but there are references to the first book in this one that are more fun if you know what they mean. I also like the continuity between this one and the first one. Not just the same characters but that both start with Danny’s fantasy, that there is a magic bus system that goes anywhere you need it to go (even mythical Japan), and that Danny has a relative for every occasion. The banter between Danny and his friend Wendell is fun and there is a lot of humor. This one might be even better than the first one because there is a bit more of a plot and I think there is also more action. And as cool as sea serpents are ninjas and samurai are hard to compete with. Reincarnation is mentioned and that might take some explanation but it is kind of mentioned and put aside so it might pass without notice by the reader. Once again it is a quick, fun, entertaining read and you might just learn a thing or two about ninjas.

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