Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Book Review of Ursula Vernon's Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs

Dragonbreath Attack of the Ninja Frogs (Dragonbreath, #2)

The blurb:
Danny Dragonbreath knew girls were trouble. But the new foreign exchange student, Suki the Salamander, is beyond trouble. Not only has she reduced his best friend, Wendell, to a blithering, lovesick tadpole, but she’s apparently the object of an elaborate ninja frog kidnapping plot. Danny is never one to pass up an adventure (especially one involving ninja frogs), and so he and Wendell and Suki set out on a dangerous quest through the mythical Japanese bamboo forests to find out what these fearsome frogs want. Danny may not be able to breathe fire like a normal dragon, but he and Wendell have watched lots of kung fu movies and can totally take on a bunch of ninja frogs. Or, um, so he hopes . . .

Using her trademark hybrid style of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon has packed this second book in the hilarious Dragonbreath series with lots of kung fu, a little bit of loooove, and plenty of everyday school drama.


Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs is a funny, action-packed book for young readers. Three middle school friends find themselves roped into an unexpected undertaking in Ancient Japan with ninjas, dragons, unicorns, and other magical creatures. While our lead character, Dragonbreath, is a dragon, he is equally a bored middle schooler who dreams of ninjas, martial arts and battling danger.

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs is a witty adventure book sure to appeal to young readers.

ISBN-10: 0803733658 - $12.99Publisher: Dial; Ill edition (February 4, 2010), 208 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author, courtesy of Amazon:
Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition" and a number of Webcomics Choice Awards.

Ursula grew up in Oregon and Arizona, went to college at Macalester College in Minnesota, and stayed there for ten years, until she finally learned to drive in deep snow and was obligated to leave the state.

Having moved across the country several times, she eventually settled in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she works full-time as an artist, writer, and creator of oddities. She lives with her boyfriend, his beagle, a small collection of cats, and a large collection of Indonesian masks, all of which mostly contrive to keep her out of trouble.
Thank you to Ursula Vernon and Penguin Group for this review opportunity!

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