Audio Review | Kenny and The Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

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Kenny and the Dragon
Kenny & The Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
Published: 08/05/08 by Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Source: Audio, Audible
Length: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Dragons
Date Read: 07/08 – 07/09/2016
GR Rating: 3.91★
My Rating: 4★

What It’s About:

What do you do when your new best buddy has been designated a scourge by the community and marked for imminent extermination? Just ask Kenny Rabbit. When the simple folks in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook catch wind that there’s a dragon running loose in the countryside, they get the wrong idea and the stage is set for a fight to the death. So it’s up to Kenny to give his neighbors front-row seats to one of the best-known battles in history — the legendary showdown between St. George and the dragon — without losing a friend in the fray.


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So much of this book is utter perfection and it’s because it’s whimsy and dragons and friendship and book love and the pluckiest little rabbit main character you ever did see. I was besotted with Kenny Rabbit and his entire family from the first few minutes. I love how much Kenny loved school and homework and reading, and I loved how much his parents loved it even more. It might not have been something they were interested in, but they nonetheless supported him and it was all so sweet.

Grahame is also a very important character, and he is such a lovely funny (and, at times, exasperating dragon). I always looked forward to his parts in the story, especially because Alan Cumming’s interpretation of the dragon’s voice and personality were so spot-on and wonderful.

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The only thing that I think is really lost to you in the audio is the wonderful illustrations that are peppered throughout the hard copy – I would definitely say that if you were adding this to your library (or your child’s!) that you should start with reading the tangible copy and bring out the audio for road trips or fun evenings in at home.

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“Kenny always had his head buried in a book. Fairy tales and natural history were his two favorite topics, and as far as Kenny was concerned, both held the same merit in the real world.”

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Someone looking for a quick audio that you don’t have to fully invest yourself in (sometimes it’s nice to have an audio that you are still able to perform other tasks!), for parents looking to introduce their children to audio (or to keep them occupied during road trips or when you just need to get something done), or for parents just looking to share a fun whimsical story with their children!!

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| Plot 4★ |
| Pacing 4★ |
| Characters 5★ |
| Personal Enjoyment 3★ |


Have any of you heard of this book before? I got it on a whim because I was doing a floorset at work and needed something to keep me occupied for a few hours (also because I always forget about Audible credits and needed to grab something!!).

Let’s talk!
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Book Tag Time! | Olympic Book Tag

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During the summer I started posting a book tag every Thursday, because they are so much fun and such a perfect way to keep the blog going and interesting while I’m busy with other things – I thought it would be a summer thing, but I’ve decided to make it an all the time thing!

Every Thursday I’ll try to post a book tag (some that I’ve been tagged in, some that I’ve tagged myself in, because rules/schmules *shruggy emoji*). I’ll be sharing this post on social media with #booktagthursday – so if you would like to find book tags of your own, please join in! They are seriously so much fun, and I love being able to share some of my favorite books in such fun and unique ways.

Thank you to It Starts at Midnight for this fun book tag, and for the images, which are AWESOME.

(PS: IF YOU ARE READING THIS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED.)


(So, uh, this probably would have been a lot more timely had it been posted literally anytime in August, but, uh, whoops?)

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The War that Saved My Life
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I just recently read this book, and it is seriously not only one of my favorite books of 2016, but one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Set in England during WWII, you will fall for the main character, Ada, before you’ve even finished the first page – I guarantee it. This book is so heartfelt, so beautiful, so simple, so poignant – I can’t recommend it highly enough.


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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Uh, so apparently I haven’t read a lot of road trip books? I think this is the only one (not counting a romance novella) that I could find on my entire GR shelf! It’s okay though, because it’s a book that I loved. Morgan Matson has a way with words, and she has a way with setting up her books so as to make them so much FUN. I loved all of the receipts and memorabilia and playlists strewn throughout this book; it really gave it that road trip feel.


03

Outlander (Outlander #1)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Hmm. What makes a love triangle a good love triangle? Is it when you know there’s no way in hell the one person is going to choose that troublesome third wheel? Because if that’s the case, then I’d have to go with Outlander. Sorry, Frank … but I don’t know who would choose you when Jamie Fraser is the other option. *shrugs*


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Beautiful Ruins
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

If there was a point to this book other than people are horrible and you’re going to die miserable and alone and regretting everything, then I definitely didn’t get it.

(In all fairness, it’s been a while since I’ve read it … but I do know that I was just constantly thinking how depressing it was and how awful all the characters were. Minus maybe two, who I sort of remember liking?)

(In even more fairness, I do remember it was written really well. Just terrible characters.)

(Not the way the characters were written, but the characters themselves.)


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Second Chance Summer
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I know I’ve already featured a Morgan Matson book, and I know there were plenty of other books I could have chosen that are set during the summer, but Y’ALL THIS BOOK. It was just SO completely wonderful and I remember being gobsmacked at the end – like tears just streaming down my face. Definitely worth the read, if you’ve got the tissues handy!


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The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

So, uh, don’t really read a lot of books with fighting/bloodshed. So this isn’t exactly the best answer for this prompt, but I think it works because it was definitely a very graphic and real representation of the horrors of World War II, and I remember facing a bit of emotional exhaustion when it was all said and done. It’s definitely not the faint of heart, but it’s worth it if you want to read a really well written book that unflinchingly portrays the graphic horrors people faced during that time.


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The Secret Keeper
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Not a lot of twists in this one, per se, but it DOES HAVE ONE OF THE BEST TWISTS I HAVE EVER READ, EVER, so I thought it would work. Y’all, I am not kidding here … my jaw literally dropped when I got to twist. And the best thing is, it’s not even this earth shattering chapter long thing; it’s one line. It is one. damn. line. that changes the entire scope of what you’ve been reading and will make you rethink everything you’ve read up to that point.


08

Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

All the tears. Tears for days. (Ok, to be fair it was more like hours, but if I really start thinking about this book I could really tear up again so we’ll just go ahead and say tears for days.)


09

Uprooted
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Slow paced, but beautiful. I loved the descriptions in this book, and even if I didn’t really jive with the romance throughout, I did really enjoy the book. I remember it took me quite a long time to read because of the pacing, but I also remember that I never felt like it was a chore to read. It was all just so beautiful.


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Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One
Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke

I would be amazed and delighted if anyone else had ever heard of this book – it’s such a diamond in the rough! I don’t even know how my family came across it, but it was a particular favorite of not only me, but my brothers. I used to love reading it to them before bed (they were 7 and 8 years younger than me, so I got to bedtime stories pretty often, a task I loved!). Aunt Isabel is telling her niece a story and it’s just so much fun – there’s a prince (!) in distress and a little ragamuffin mouse that comes to the rescue and there’s evil bats and maybe moles? Definitely one to add to your library!


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Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

I LOVE THIS SERIES SO HARD and if it’s the last thing I do I will get someone else to read it. Yes, I realize it’s MG. Yes, I realize it’s about tribes of cats living in the forest. No, I don’t care. It’s SO GOOD. I hope to post a series review of this sometime later this month, and you should definitely check it out!😉


12

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I’m actually currently reading this one, and while it’s getting a little bit easier the more I go, the magical realism is so so so so heavy handed it’s a bit tedious at times. (Think Big Fish in book form – sometimes it works, sometimes it needs to be a movie. And yes, I do know that Big Fish was a book first, and no, I haven’t read it. But I do know that I love the movie and the magical realism works really well in the movie.) I’m hoping that as I continue to plow on it will get better, but we’ll see.


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Maybe in Another Life
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Oh my goodness, y’all. The #friendshipgoals of Hannah and Gabby are very real and very beautiful. Take this quote, for instance:

And I think to myself that if, by being here, I have taken away one-hundredth of the pain that Gabby feels, then maybe I have more of a life’s purpose than I ever thought. “Divide the pain in two,” I tell her. “And give half of it to me.”

There is so much more where that came from, but suffice it say that these girls are there for each other through thick and thin, good and bad, ups and downs, rights and wrongs, years and years, and it’s all I could ever hope to have in my life.


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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Oof! This one was pretty difficult, and I’m not sure if this is exactly what the prompt meant, but it definitely features the Olympics (albeit in a small way), and it’s definitely a book I want to read some day! (And I’m also very interested in the movie, has anyone seen it??)


So I’m not going to tag anyone in this because it seriously outdated by now, BUT if you want to do it, please please go ahead! The prompts are really unique and it was super fun trying to find books that fit them🙂

Ah, screw it. Tagging the usuals.😉

Morgan @ Gone With the Words
Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust
Ashley @ Must Love Books

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Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobooks, Albums, Songs, Oh My – It’s a Freebie!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life!

This week’s topic?

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Okay, freebies are basically my favorite thing ever. If you’ve ever seen any of my previous Top Ten Tuesdays, then you know I can get a bit … creative with what *I* think the prompts mean – so I LOVE when I’m told to get creative and I can make them whatever I want! For this prompt I’m going to split it up into three categories:

 Top Three Audiobook Narrators I Am SO HERE FOR
Top Three Albums I Can Listen To The Whole Way Through
Top Four Songs I Can Listen To On Repeat For Literally Forever


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F i o n a   H a r d i n g h a m

I fell in love with Fiona after hearing her narrate Sharon Cameron’s The Dark Unwinding (seriously, one of the best audio’s I’ve ever ever listened to), and I will honestly listen to anything she narrates. I chose to “read” And I Darken solely because she was the narrator (wasn’t high up on my list prior to finding that out) and I actually ended up loving the book (finished it after buying the ebook and using whispersync because I just HAD to know  what happened, haha!)

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N e i l   G a i m a n

Oh, my, gods. Neil Gaiman is a FABULOUS audiobook narrator, and if you have never listened to him read his book, The Graveyard Book, stop what you are doing right now and download it because it is a masterpiece. He has such a way with voices and phrases, he makes his already magical books such an experience. I promise you won’t regret giving some of his books a try, even if you aren’t a big audiobook listener!

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J i m  D a l e

He narrates Harry Potter. ’nuff said. But here are some other books he narrates beautifully. (Full disclosure, I’ve read Night Circus but didn’t know he narrated it. Fuller disclosure, I haven’t read the last two. Fullest disclosure: I quite literally just got both Peter and the Starcatchers and Liesl & Po with audible credits once I saw he narrated them.)

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*sigh* One of my favorite movies and such a great representation of the absolute best and worst (which is still the best) of the 80s – The Lost Boys. I love this album so much, and every single song on it – I can honestly listen to it over and over and over and over and I’ll never get tired of it. This was one of the first albums I sought out when I got my record player, and I can often be found jamming out to this during the summer because why the hell not, amirite?!

This was one of the actual first albums I got when I got the record player (and by “I”, I of course mean the beau found it for me). And by “one of the actual first albums I got when”, I of course mean the beau got for me. It’s another that I listen to on repeat a lot, and part of that is that it works for so many moods. Rainy gloomy day? The National. Beautiful sunny day, windows open and breeze streaming in? The National. (Best song? Ada, on side B)

I found out about Agnes Obel through Starbucks, I think – one of the few albums I didn’t mind listening to on repeat while working grueling 8 hour shifts slinging the coffee beans around. I was instantly mesmerized by her voice and the haunting vocals offset by such beautiful piano melodies, and I’ve remained so to this day. (Couldn’t find the album without all the deluxe hoohah, so for honesty sake the CD I have only has tracks 1-12.)


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I seriously cannot hear this song without getting the BIGGEST SMILE on my face – it is such a go to happy song for me, and always makes me think about living happily ever after in this bubble of laughter and joy and smiles and love.

I honestly don’t know what it is about this song, but I think it quite honestly represents my musical tastes SO WELL. Every time I hear it I bemoan the fact that I couldn’t have been born A MERE 15 YEARS EARLIER SO I COULD HAVE GROWN UP IN THE 80S BECAUSE I BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND SOUL THAT THEY WERE THE MOST GLORIOUS.

And again with the 80s.❤ I was a huge huge fan of INXS when I was younger, naming them as my favorite band well into my late teens. This song is just so much damn fun and I love the lead singer’s voice so much. (Another really great under the radar track by them, and my favorite song ever for a really long time? To Look At You, off of the album Shabooh Shoobah.)

ONE OF THE BEST SONGS EVER I’LL FIGHT YOU ON THIS


Who are some of your favorite narrators? Do we like any similar music?

Let’s talk!

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