Kenny and The Dragon

"A fun story with substance."

—School Library Journal

Kenny and The Dragon

What do you do when your new best buddy has been designated a scourge by the community and marked for imminent extermination? Just ask Kenny Rabbit. When the simple folks in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook catch wind that there’s a dragon running loose in the countryside, they get the wrong idea and the stage is set for a fight to the death. So it’s up to Kenny to give his neighbors front-row seats to one of the best-known battles in history – the legendary showdown between St. George and the dragon – without losing a friend in the fray.

Published: August 5, 2008
Ages: 9 to 12
Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Extras

Browse Art

Browse Art

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Audio Excerpt

Audio Excerpt

Listen to Tony-winning actor, Alan Cumming, read chapter 1.

Guide & Activities

Guide & Activities

Download a KENNY & THE DRAGON Discussion Guide, including fun activities


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Author Essay

Author Essay

Designing Dragons: How do you come up with something new, exciting and fresh?

Author Essay #2

Author Essay #2

We don't make fuzzy-bunny books! View Tony's artistic process for this book.

Praise

"DiTerlizzi’s novel is light-hearted and his informal pencil sketches enhance the creative interpretation."
Publisher’s Weekly

“It’s fun for young and young-at-heart readers.”
The Times-Picayune

“I have to say I loved this book.”
The Bookbag

"This is a fun story with substance. … The civilizing influence of literature is another theme that has relevance for today’s readers. Lively pencil sketches add to the charm."
School Library Journal

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.