Friday, September 24, 2010

Thomas and the Dragon Queen - Shutta Crum - Blog Tour Review

A kingdom is at war.
A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen.
A brave squire volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.

But there's just one small problem. He's Thomas, the shortest of all the squires. With little more than a donkey, a vest, and a sword, Thomas will have to use all of his courage and determination to battle a beast with many heads, reach a forbidden island, and rescue the princess from a most fearsome dragon--and an even more fearsome fate!

Part thrilling adventure and part enchanting fantasy, sprinkled with charming black-and-white illustrations, Thomas and the Dragon Queen will delight young readers from start to finish. 

Title: Thomas and the Dragon Queen
Author: Shutta Crum
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Source: Received from author courtesy of The Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Shutta Crum for sending me a copy of this book for review, courtesy of Kelsey from The Teen Book Scene. This book was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 
My rating: 5/5

Thomas wants more than anything, to be a knight, and to help serve and protect his kingdom. When the princess is taken by the Dragon Queen, Thomas jumps at the chance to rescue her. He will have to overcome many obstacles to finish his quest. 
Thomas doesn't look his age because of his short stature. He wants to become a knight, but due to his height, he has a hard time finding people who will take him seriously. He befriends a knight, and becomes his squire. 
I found Thomas and the Dragon Queen to be a heartwarming read, as it portrays an outlook that each and every one of us is special in our own right. Thomas doesn't let his size deter him, and is quite resourceful on his quest. He manages to overcome every obstacle in his way, albeit, sometimes not in the way he expected. 
All in all, this is a cute read that I think young readers will love. I think that they will identify easily with Thomas, and enjoy all of his escapades. An excellent book, well written, and illustrated beautifully. A must read! Who wouldn't want to save a princess from the Dragon Queen? 

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