92. Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener by Ursula Vernon

Curse of the Were-Wiener by Ursula Vernon (Canada) - (US)
Dragonbreath, #3

Pages: 204
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 3, 2011
First Published: Sept. 16, 2010
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: children, hybrid graphic novel, humour, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Daring Danny Dragonbreath hiked through the dark and creepy woods.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Penguin Group (Canada).

Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Actually I was sitting down to read #4, when it dawned on me that I hadn't read #3! Somehow I'd missed it amongst all the books, so getting my priorities in order I'm reading #3, then #4!

Well, the storyline for this book is just plain silliness, but I have to say it is my favourite one so far! Wendell always brings his own lunch to school, but Danny notices that the hot dogs in today's cafeteria lunch are an incredibly bright red colour. He passes it to Wendell for him to see and the hot dog bites him! Needless to say Danny passes on hot dogs that day. A few days later Wendell shows Danny that he has hair growing on his back and they figure it is from the hot dog bite. It is really itchy and as they look around, about half the school student body and staff are itching like crazy. They set off to find out what was in those wiener's and find a package in the cafeteria. They are not regular wieners but "were-wieners" that have gone feral! It's up to Danny and Wendell to kill the Alpha-wurst, thus saving them all from lycanthropy.

A totally out there plot that is absolutely hilarious! One of the fun things is that since Wendell has been bit, every now and then he goes under the spell of the call of the moon and tries to bite Danny. This total role reversal of their characters is a great laugh and the humour in the book abounds as well as being carefully timed within the graphic panels. As usual this book is part text and part graphic panels, usually called a hybrid. What more can I say? Danny Dragonbreath fans are going to love this addition to the series and it will have them clamouring for more. Thankfully, there is book #4 to look forward to, Lair of the Bat Monster!


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