Monday, August 15, 2016

PETE'S DRAGON: THE LOST YEARS / Book Review / Marvelous Middle Grade Monday #PetesDragon

PETE'S DRAGON is in theaters now! To celebrate the release of Disney's newest live action, family, friendly movie, I'm featuring three of Disney Press's newest book releases that fans of Pete's Dragon will love. Today's feature is for PETE'S DRAGON: THE LOST YEARS, a fantastic book for middle grade readers.


By: Elizabeth Rudnick

Illustrated by: Nicholas Kole
Published by: Disney Press
Released on: June 28th, 2016
Ages: 9-12 yrs old
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Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved It

* I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review

When a young boy named Pete gets lost in a gigantic forest, he forms an unforgettable friendship with a giant flying dragon named Elliot. Based in the world of the film Pete's Dragon, this original story features original illustrations, explores Pete and Elliot's adventures and struggles in the forest and tells the tale of the lost years not shown in the film.

PETE'S DRAGON: THE LOST YEARS is a fantastic read. Based on the world of the live action screenplay of PETE'S DRAGON by David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks, this book is a great introduction to Pete and Elliot's worldThe story follows Pete and Elliot's adventures prior to the beginning of the movie. While this story itself is not featured in the live action movie, it's one that introduces readers to Pete & Elliot, and their world. Readers will understand the relationship between Pete and Elliot more, as well as see their struggles, and go on an unforgettable adventure with these two beloved characters. 

I loved this book. It's one we really enjoyed reading. I loved that there's so much to this story. One of my favorite things about this book are the illustrations. I absolutely love the illustrations in this book, and I think it will definitely appeal to readers of all ages, especially it's targeted audience. Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years is a book I would recommend picking up. 

For fans who have seen the movie, this is a great explanation of the things you don't see in the movie. This book not only gives readers more of a back story on the characters, it allows fans to reenter the world of Pete and Elliot they didn't want to leave when the movie ended. I think this is a book that will resonate with both middle grade and younger readers, though it is written for more advanced readers. The great thing about this book, is that you don't have to see the movie to read, and enjoy it. While this book compliments the movie beautifully, it is it's own story. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~