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LAIR OF THE BAT MONSTER by Ursula Vernon

LAIR OF THE BAT MONSTER

Dragonbreath, Book 4

From the Dragonbreath series, volume 4

By Ursula Vernon (Author) , Ursula Vernon (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: March 17th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3525-5
Publisher: Dial

More charged up than daunted by encounters in previous episodes with vampire squid, ninja frogs and a fearsome were-wiener, irrepressible dragonling Danny charges off into the Mexican jungle to visit Cousin Steve, a feathered lizard and bat scientist. Delivering her punch lines as usual in green-tinted cartoons strewn liberally through the narrative, Vernon dials up reader interest with, first, a visit to a bat cave (“The smell was eye-watering and pungent, and it crawled up inside your nose and your mouth and burned your eyes and your tear ducts and the roof of your mouth. It was like old cheese soaked in cat urine wrapped in gym socks dipped in boiled cabbage. ‘You get used to it…’ said Steve unconvincingly”). Then Danny’s suddenly kidnapped by Camazotz, a not–(as it turns out)–so-legendary monster bat with unsatisfied maternal instincts. A night of narrow squeaks ensues, capped by the discovery of a golden treasure guarded by Camazotz’s larger and much more hostile mate. Thanks largely to the efforts of Danny’s nerdy sidekick Wendell, the scaly buddies do get home by morning—but not before readers get plenty of reasons to echo Danny’s trademark: “That. Is. So. Cool!” (Graphic hybrid fantasy. 8-11)