The best children’s literature is sophisticated, imaginative, and literary. But literary and sophisticated aren’t enough. For kids to bother with it, a story has to move.
The Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon has it all! Imagine yourself laughing out loud as a dragon and a nerdish iguana battle ninja frogs. And Vernon draws you into the story so well, you willingly suspend disbelief when were-wieners battle their arch nemesis, biting potato salad.
Not feeling it yet? Listen to this excerpt from Curse of the Were-Weiner:
“Wendell exhaled. He wanted to say, Are you sure? Or maybe Do we have to?
But it was Danny, and Danny was always sure, even when he was completely wrong.”
Kids will love these stories. So will discerning grownups.