Day 5: Don’t forget to wake the dragons before school!

Each day leading up to the April 13 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2013 Children’s Literature Finalist:

Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Derek AndersonWaking Dragons by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Derek Anderson
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, Inc
Category Sponsor: Books For Africa

Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!

Dragons wake up,

Dragons rise,

Dragons open

Dragon eyes.

From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two bestselling talents, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Derek Anderson, this book will make any young reader fly out of bed.

Derek AndersonDerek Anderson is the bestselling artist and co-creator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis.

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 200 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

spread from "Waking Dragons"


“With cinematic framing, sculptural shapes, a strong sense of physical comedy, and a fittingly medieval palette of saturated jewel tones, Anderson (the Little Quack series) portrays his horned dragons as hulking slugabeds who morph into surprisingly nimble winged beasts. The young knight scampers around their massive bodies like a practiced mountain climber, willing to risk getting stomped for the reward of having the ultimate lift to Knight School.” – Publishers Weekly

“Anderson’s familiar golden-washed cartoon paintings embellish the humor. Details like a fire extinguisher labeled “In case of dragon breath,” as well as the dragons’ flying goggles, mean this story’s popularity will spread like fire.” – School Library Journal

“What makes Waking Dragons so delightful are the paintings on each page. The paintings bring the words to life in a way that pops off the pages. The pictures are imaginative and playful. The colors are gorgeous… Artist Derek Anderson created illustrations worthy of a picture frame.”—OMB (Oh My Books), by Shari Schmidt

Award winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis. An author meet-and-greet and book signing reception precedes the awards ceremony, and the Epilogue after-party, sponsored by Tech Logic, includes complimentary champagne, desserts, and live music. Tickets on sale now. Click here for more information.

Have you read Waking Dragons? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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