Dragonbreath Lair Of The Bat Monster by Ursula Vernon is the fourth book in the Dragonbreath graphic novel series aimed at middle graders. The premise of the series is basically that Danny is a dragon who ends up going on all kinds of adventures with his levelheaded BFF Wendell the Iguana, who usually ends up pulling Danny out of scrapes. In Lair Of The Bat Monster Danny and Wendell find a bat trapped in a pool filter. Confused about what to do, they end up in Mexico to see Danny’s cousin Steve, a bat expert. Of course, adventures ensue involving a bat monster and it’s lair.
Lair Of The Bat Monster is full of charming illustrations. They are very round, no sharp lines which are pleasing to my eyes during a Readathon. Also, the illustrations are likely to be appealing to reluctant middle graders, as it seems there are more illustrations woven in than large blocks of words. I think that’s encouraging if you find reading to be a challenge.
A sense of humor is absolutely necessary to read Ursula Vernon’s Lair Of The Bat Monster. Danny Dragonbreath is a pain in the ass who makes dumb decisions, but he’s a kid and he’s hilarious about it. Plus, he finds disgusting things cool — like cannibal bats.
There is lots of science and biology of bat in this Dragonbreath book. It’s totally learning DISGUISED as fun. I like it. I mean, while a kid thinks they are just reading a comic book, they are getting an education too! Really, I wish all of my math and science education could have been between the pages of a comic book.
I read Dragonbreath Lair Of The Bat Monster for the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon. It took me less than an hour to read. Ursula Vernon’s book is perfect for that sort of situation. Also, I’d especially recommend this book to young reluctant male readers looking for something to pick up after Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.
Disclosure: I borrowed this from my local library!
This is a CYBILS book.