When a wicked wizard threatens her city, Claudette decides it’s once again her job to save the day.
Impetuous young Claudette is still determined to become a warrior like her father, Augustine, the heroic blacksmith of the town of Mont Petit Pierre. Buoyed by the success of her first adventure (Giants Beware!, 2012), Claudette is completely undeterred when her family and friends tell her that fighting the villainous Grombach is a task for adults. Fortunately, neither her little brother, Gaston, nor her best friend, Princess Marie, will let Claudette sally forth alone to confront the dragon Azra the Atrocious, who long ago swallowed the powerful sword that is the key to defeating Grombach. Rosado’s expressive art, with its heavy lines and cartoonishly exaggerated figures, highlights the humor of Aguirre’s script, and the clear, often cinematic paneling makes the gargoyle-smacking, dragon-bashing action easy to follow. The warm palette, courtesy of colorist Novak, helps bring the otherwise generic medieval setting to life. While the funny, fast-paced story will draw in readers, it is the trio’s winning friendship and teamwork that will leave fans clamoring for a sequel. Clever Marie and little master chef–turned-swordsmith Gaston each get their chance to shine, and it’s impossible not to root for scruffy, hotheaded Claudette.
This rowdy adventure is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)