The Tales of Kenny Rabbit

"A fun story with substance."

—School Library Journal

The Tales of Kenny Rabbit

Kenny Rabbit lives in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook, where the most exciting things that happen are in the pages of his books. That is, until a dragon takes up residence in a cave right next door. He’s nothing like the fearsome beasts of lore—Grahame is funny, cultured, and enjoys a spot of crème brûlée. But when the villagers of Roundbrook catch wind of the new arrival, they are set on removing Grahame from their midst, no matter the cost.

Will Kenny’s quick wits prove fast enough to avert disaster? And what other changes will Grahame’s arrival bring to Kenny’s quiet home?

Published: Book 1: August 5, 2008 • Book 2: September 22, 2020
Ages: 9 to 12
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Books in this series

Kenny & The Dragon Kenny & The Book of Beasts

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


Desktop Wallpaper

Desktop Wallpaper

Download this wallpaper featuring Kenny and the Dragon!

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."
Publishers Weekly

“This may be a cozy world filled with darling animals—DiTerlizzi’s fabulous illustrations bring them adorably to life—but the stakes are high, and the lessons on friendship, acceptance, and the dangers of prejudice are meaningful.”
Booklist

“This oblique homage to a now-creaky classic is lit by friendships, heroic feats, and exceptional art.”
Kirkus Reviews

"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.