The Reluctant Dragon (Audio Book)- performed by Jim Weiss

As I type this review, I've begun listening to this story again in the background of my laptop. It's that good. Declan already asked to listen to it on our road trip this July also. 

If you aren't familiar with The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, it will make your book-loving kids swoon. The dragon in question loves poetry and hates fighting. Saint George should be slaying the dragon, but after hearing about the gentle nature of the beast from a local boy, he agrees to explore the possibility of a fake fight. As much as the boy wants to see an epic battle he puts that aside to save the dragon's life. The voices in this audio version make the adventure come alive.

Let's talk more about this particular audio version. From the publisher-

Jim Weiss & Well-Trained Mind Press: Stories of the World, for the World's Children.

*Local laws apply. Ancient, rune-covered scrolls not available in Hawaii, Tennessee, or within 1000 feet of a stone circle, barrow, or henge. Well-Trained Mind Press assumes no liability for any dragon-summonings that may occur as a result of scroll-readings. See the case of Laketown v. Baggins.

I haven't "met" anyone over at the Well Trained MInd Press, but I do feel like they are my people. Jim Weiss has been a family favorite as a  performer since around 2001. Jim doesn't just read a story; he weaves a spellbinding tale so enthralling that even if you know the story, you sit at the edge of your seat waiting for what will happen next.  True storytellers are few and far between these days, and I'm so glad that Jim is still releasing new material. 

Please note that I received a free advance MP3 of this book from The Well Trained Mind Press without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.

Minecraft: The Island

I loved this first person written story of survival in the Minecraft universe.
It was everything I felt the first time I played Minecraft outside creative mode. We were early adopters of Minecraft and played the beta version in the long ago times when there were no guide books or internet cheats to tell you what you could and couldn't eat. Max Brooks takes the reader inside Minecraft where you are right there with him as he discovers how to survive and that eating raw meat in the Minecraft universe is just as gross as in real life. 

In the narrative of the story, the author finds two books that help him on his way; I'm pretty sure that these are the books he referred to: Minecraft: Guide to Exploration and Minecraft: Guide to Redstone due out in October. That kind of product placement annoys me, but in this case made me want to get them as reference books for our next journey into the wilds of Minecraft.

There is a list at the end of the book naming all the things he learned in Minecraft world, and although I read an uncorrected ARC I hope they left my favorite in there:

33. Books make the world bigger. 

Minecraft: The Island By Max Brooks is available today!

Also, there are TWO versions available on Audible one narrated by Jack Black and one by Samira Wiley!! Good thing we have credits just waiting for this.

July 18, 2017