Charlie the Prayin' Dragon is an adventure story written in rhyme by Kimberly Gildroy. The illustrations by Justin Sanchez are vivid and cartoon-like.
Jake and Jimmy are two bored cowboys who head up to Bunkleberry Hill for a camp out. At the top of the hill, they encounter a very scary dragon.
Poor Jimmy and Jake are so scared that they can only stare at this mean looking beast. Most likely, they are preparing themselves to be scorched to death, until the dragon drops to his knees in prayer.
While the speechless cowboys watch in amazement, a light from heaven shines on the dragon and blesses him with a heart full of love. The cowboys become friendly with Charlie the dragon, and bid him farewell in the morning.
What I Like: The story is cute and will hold a child's attention. The illustrator does a wonderful job! The pictures are very engaging. I like the short section at the end of the book that showcases each of the three main characters.
What I Dislike: The rhyme is inventive, but awkward in places. The "conversion" of Charlie is not explained in any detail and God's name is never used. I think the story would be more effective as a Christian book if there were more of a lesson for children to take away from it.
Overall Rating: Ho-hum. I would have given it a "Good" rating if the price had been lower.
Age Appeal: The publisher says 9-12 but I'd say that younger children may enjoy it more.
Publisher Info: Book Surge Publishing, 2008; ISBN:143921185X ; Paperback $12.99.
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