Sunday, March 1, 2009

Review: The Suburban Dragon by Garasamo Maccagnone

In this delightful children's book , three bored youngsters just don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy, stormy day. Their mother suggested that they snuggle on the couch and she would read them a story. Even their favorite book didn't keep them from yawning and being fidgety. All of a sudden from out behind the couch leapt a big scary dragon, roaring and snorting. When the dragon suddenly grabbed their mother and started to run away with her, the kids knew they had to be brave and save their Mommy.

The first thing to do, they agreed, is to make a plan for the daring rescue. This plan included ingeneous disguyzzs and traps so the three of them dressed up: Garrett put on an army helmet and had all his ammunition, Anthony donned a hockey helmet and tin foil protection. Finally, Aimee Put on her grandmother's wedding gown and a wig. After all, she was a Princess! The plan was to trick the dragon to come back into the living room so they could capture him but when Aimee took another look at the scary dragon it was not who she thought it would be. Gasp, big surprise! Well, they certainly weren't bored anymore.

Al Oschsner does a wonderful job with the illustrations. The images are large and nicely colored, almost as if they were watercolored. The first page really sets the scene with dark clouds, lightning and pouring rain. All the characters have very appropriate facial expressions. The story line is magical, comical and endearing all at the same time. What better way for children to use their imagination on a rainy day than to plot a daring rescue and trap a big scary dragon. I can't imagine a child not being enchanted with this book. 5 *****
About the book:
The Suburban Dragon by Garasamo Maccagnone
ISBN - 978-1419660443pan>
Publisher: BookSurge
Page count: 51
Price: $18.99

About the author:
Garasamo Maccagnone is the author of, The Affliction of Dreams, St. John of the
Midfield, and, For the Love of St. Nick. His latest novel, The Handsome Man, will be
released in 2010.

Mr. Maccagnone has several other books to his credit. The author's website can be found here.


  1. Kaye, the Title cracks me up. And I think the art is really nice.

  2. I think I'll have to find this one and read it to the grandkiddies

  3. How adorable! I love the cover and I bet the rest of the illustrations are as cute. Great review, I can't wait to read it!


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