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2016 books: Centurion and Emperador | The Blind Dragon

Centurion and Emperador by Rob Schneider (Author), Patricia Schneider (Author), Francisco Herrera (Artist)
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Book received free for review from Diamond Book Distributors.

I went into this book thinking it was a graphic novel, so I was surprised to find it was a preschool book. I had originally accepted it because the art looked really Disney-ish, and it turns out that's accurate since Francisco Herrera is a Disney artist. Even more specifically, the cover's style felt very The Road to El Dorado-ish, so I made grabby hands at a copy.

I think it's the way the horses were drawn that gave it the El Dorado feel:

Anyway, it was a cute book, though of course I wasn't the target audience. If you have preschool kids, especially ones that like animals, they'd likely enjoy the book.

The Blind Dragon by Peter Fane
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I feel bad that I abandoned this book. I really, REALLY liked the interactions with the dragon, but they were too few and far between. I got about 20% in, and it was more about politics between two nations, and a completely unbelievable bad guy. Add on to that that so many of the names were annoying (like the nation named Dregon... they raise dragons), I just had enough. If it had been all about the girl and her dragon, I would have happily read on.
Tags: 2016 books, book review, book: centurion and emperador, book: the blind dragon
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