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The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer

About the Book

Author: Jasper Fforde

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Price: £6.99, paperback


Adult fans of Jasper Fforde’s witty and intelligent fiction will already be aware that his writing demands a certain amount of concentration from the reader; the smart one-liners and brilliant conceits are interwoven through multi-stranded plots that draw upon all kinds of sources from classic literature to the modern detective novel, throwing in a generous helping of wry social commentary along the way. In this, his first book for a younger demographic, Fforde clearly hasn’t lowered his expectations of the audience, flinging them into a parallel (yet strangely familiar) universe where sorcery is being strangled by regulation and commerce – and confidently expecting them to keep up with his fast and very funny storytelling from the start. You might be surprised at how many nine-year-olds manage to do just that.

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