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Kenny & the Dragon

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Kenneth is a little rabbit with a very big problem. His two best friends are heading for a battle of legendary proportions - with each other! In one corner there's Graeme, a well-read and cultured dragon, with sophisticated tastes and no stomach for battle. 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 with a pipe and a good book. But when the townsfolk catch wind there's a dragon running loose in the countryside, and call George out of retirement, the stage is set. And it's up to Kenny to avert disaster.

A fun-filled, thoroughly theatrical spin on a classic tale of subterfuge and showmanship.

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?
Photo credit: Kim Pilla

Tony DiTerlizzi is co-creator of the international bestselling series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. He has illustrated numerous picture books for children, including Ted, G is for 1 Gzonk and the critically acclaimed The Spider and the Fly, which won the Caldecott Honor. Tony lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, Angela, and their baby daughter, Sophia.

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