Reviewed by K. Osborn Sullivan for TeensReadToo.com
As I read THE DRAGON'S EYE, I kept getting a feeling of deja vu. It took a while to figure out why, but then it came to me. THE DRAGON'S EYE reminded me a little of the SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS books. There was that familiar emphasis on conducting research, and recording findings in little notebooks, and solving problems. Only instead of three orphans dodging Count Olaf, THE DRAGON'S EYE focuses on a brother and sister trying to escape the evil designs of the inferior dragonologist, Ignatius Crook. Unfortunately, this one didn't have the same humor in it that I enjoyed so much in the SOUE books.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about THE DRAGON'S EYE. In the plus column, the novel was heavy on dragons of various types. They all have names and unique personalities. Also, it had an element of boy versus girl competition that seemed to resolve itself reasonably well.
On the other hand, the frequent references to dragon diaries and research methods disrupted the action. Doubtless that was the point -- to identify the importance of learning about a subject before jumping into it and conducting a poor study. But still, the execution was a little heavy-handed for my taste.
For young dragon lovers, this would probably be a popular title. I emphasize the word "young." THE DRAGON'S EYE seems geared to a younger audience than many of the books reviewed here at TeensReadToo. My 14-year-old son read it, too, and he was disappointed because it definitely felt "too young" for him. But for budding fantasy lovers who can't get enough dragons, this one has the potential to be a winner.
I was a little worried I wouldn't care for this after having been disappointed by the hoard of "Ology" books I'd bought and read in the past. But, I was surprised what a charming read this turned out to be. Whereas the story and it's plot may be a bit juvenile to some, I love embracing my inner child whenever possible and found this book to be a cute adventurous read and even better than the "Ology" books that inspired it. I think it's possible I may have liked those better if this had been what I read first, because even though this story was written later, those feel like more of a supplement to this story.
Twelve-year old Daniel Cook and his sister, Beatrice, have never heardof Dr.Ernest Drake and have certaintly never met a real dragon-but all that is about to change.
This is a really nice book, I really liked it.
For any parent with a dragon fan in the family this is, along with the rest of the series, the best collection possible!