Book Review: Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado

Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado is the graphic novel follow up to the middle grade hit Giants Beware! (which I loved). Scrappy Claudette sets out once again with her pal Marie and her little brother Gaston to right wrongs and fight evil. Claudette is out to get the dragon who ate her father's legs, and his legendary sword. But as usual, nothing is as simple as it seems, and Claudette is going to need Marie and Gaston's help more than ever.  

Dragons Beware is as full of adventure and charm as Giant Beware was. Claudette is as determined to be exactly who she wants to be as ever, and proves herself to be strong, smart, and lucky. Gaston and Marie prove themselves to be great as friends and companions on their grand adventure. I like that no one fits in the expected stereotypes even when they appear too. The illustrations and the adventure are high and bright and well worth the time of all readers, regardless of gender or age.

Dragons Beware is a wonderful sequel and a great choice for parents that want to show their children that girls can be anything and anyway they want to be. it is okay for boys to be scared or brave and to love cooking. It is okay for girls to love being a princess, or to be the dragon fighting knight. Funny, fast, high-energy storytelling in an inventive and perilous fantasy landscape makes Dragons Beware! a fantastic follow-up to 2012's middle-grade hit Giants Beware!


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