Summary: When Dewi is clobbered by a falling rat, the nosy Welsh dragon snoops his way into a challenging predicament. Helped by a toad with a passion for chemical wart cures, Dewi discovers that a megalomaniac baron is secretly breeding mutant corn at an unfriendly castle. To thwart the genetically modified-corn baron’s sickening plan, he must use moxie and firepower in a series of catastrophe-skirting capers.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dewi is a young Welsh dragon who saves a rat, discovers an evil plot, and brings the bad guy to justice with the help of several friends. The chain of events is set in motion when a rat falls out of the clear blue sky and smacks Dewi on the snout. As the story progresses, the reader discovers why (and how) a rat came to fall from the sky. It’s a long story (okay, really it’s a pretty short story, an adult can easily read it in under an hour), but it involves and evil baron with an even eviller get-rich plot.
Dewi is a great role-model character for kids – his immediate instinct is to be helpful, but when he needs assistance he’s able to ask for it. His friends all pitch in and help in their own unique ways – reviving a thoroughly traumatized rat who’s been through the wringer, doing scientific research on the baron’s ghastly corn, jumping (literally) into the thick of things, or even just offering advice to help the dragon solve the mystery and stop the baron.
Certain aspects of the story were a little too silly for my tastes (and that says a lot, coming from me). There are a great many silly similes in this book, right from the very first page: “… as clean as a dog’s licked bowl; as still as a pickle on a plate…” For that reason, I did put the book down more than once before getting past that first page before finally reading it all the way through. If you can get past the slightly over-the-top silliness, though, it’s a cute and well-written story with good underlying morals.
I received this ebook in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.