Kenny & the Dragon

Kenny & the Dragon

Illustrated by: Tony DiTerlizzi
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling tale of chivalry and showmanship from Tony DiTerlizzi.

Kenny is a little rabbit with a very big problem. His two best friends are heading into a battle of legendary proportions—with each other! In one corner there’s Graeme, a well-read and cultured dragon with sophisticated tastes. In the other there’s George, a retired knight and dragon slayer who would be content to spend the rest of his days in his bookshop. Neither really wants to fight, but the village townsfolk are set on removing Graeme from their midst and calling George out of retirement. Can Kenny avert disaster?

Tony DiTerlizzi puts a fun-filled, thoroughly theatrical spin on Kenneth Graeme’s classic tale of subterfuge and showmanship with this lighthearted romp of a retelling.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442428867 | 
  • December 2010 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $7.99

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Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions 1.) Are we meant to think that Kenny’s solution to the battle between St. George and Grahame is deceptive and tricky or a clever and courageous act to save his friends? 2.) Is Kenny’s bookish knowledge better than his father’s life experiences? 3.) Does Grahame’s love of the theater have any influence on Kenny’s plan to save his friends? 4.) Does the king know in advance that the battle is an act? 5.) How does the game of chess mimic life? 6.) How can Grahame be so sure “There will be no exterminations—imminent or otherwise?" 7.) How was Kenny inspired by his friends to solve the problem of fighting till death? 8.) Are we meant to think Grahame is a coward for refusing to fight St. George? 9.) Grahame described his fellow dragons as being “earnest." What does this mean? How did that apply to his life? 10.) Has Kenny or any of his friends shown any growth in their characters? see more

About the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi
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Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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