Last week, I finished reading The Runaway Dragon, by Kate Coombs. I only became aware of Kate and this book because of the wonderful poems she’s been sharing in various online poetry stretches/exercises. I thought this was a picture book when I put it on reserve at my library, but it’s a middle-grade novel. A wonderful, funny, fantasy middle-grade novel. The adventure story is terrific, but the voice is my favorite part. Here are two brief examples:
Though it wasn’t nearly as nice as Gorba’s, the hut was a witch’s
"Yes, mistress," Bain said with a deep bow.
He was such a minion! Meg made the kind of face usually reserved for three-week-old meat. "You’ve ruined him." p. 188
Great book for the 5th and 6th graders on your holiday list!
Having a great time on vacation–hope you guys are doing well, too.