Early Book Review: Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway by Dr Dan & Bli Dugi

Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway by Dr Dan & Bli Dugi is a children’s book currently scheduled for release on October 14 2014. This book is book two in the The Principle Gang series. Danny the Wizard Lizard and Bli the Fly receiving positive attention for their mission to rid the world of bullying. In recognition of their great work, Mrs. Gecko, their school counselor, registers The Principle Gang for an anti-bullying conference in New York City. Enlisting the driving talents of Mrs. Fly, Danny the Wizard Lizard and Bli the Fly make the long drive to the Big Apple for the conference. 

Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway has some fun, and some serious points. Danny and Bli get to travel and experience the city including speeding taxis, street food, and the subway. Then at the conference, The Principle Gang shares their three rules to prevent bullying: don’t be mean; tell your teacher; and, be a friend. The trip is a fun success, adding a large number of others to their anti bullying group. Now, I like the message, and the story is not horrible, but it just does not call to me. I think there are a large number of kids that will see that the book has an agenda and not be interested, even if they agree with the agenda. The artwork has a cartoony feel, very digital looking. 

I think there is a place for Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway in classrooms, but I think it is better suited to targeted discussions about bully prevention rather than expecting kids to find the book and chose to read it on their own. 

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