‘Flight of the Last Dragon’ perfect for reading aloud


FlightofLastDragonFLIGHT OF THE LAST DRAGON,” by Robert Burleigh and Mary GrandPre, Philomel, Oct. 11, 2012, $16.99 (ages 3-7)

If the artwork on the cover of and throughout “Flight of the Last Dragon” seems familiar to you, you’re right. It is.

Illustrator Mary GrandPre is the illustrator behind the Harry Potter series. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s created the captivating images in “Flight of the Last Dragon.”

What may come as a surprise, however, is that her illustrations aren’t the best part of this picture book. While they are wondrous and imaginative, it’s the text that takes this book over the top.

Robert Burleigh’s story of the last living dragon beautifully unfolds with a cadence of stories of old.

Come if you dare,
Deep underground.
Make no whisper.
Shhh! No sound.

Below the city. Far from the sun!
Beneath the subway,
Where sewers run!

Where mice squeak,
And rats mumble,
And distant train wheels
Rattle and rumble.

For here is his home!
Oh, gaze upon
The last of the dragons —


The above opening foretells a great story. One that may just be epic. One that needs no illustrations. One that conjures up images of its own. One your family will love time and time again.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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