Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Russell Hoban
Publisher: Candlewick Press
While John is walking down the street one day, he hears a noise and discovers the Ace Dragon LTD. After learning what LTD means, the voice he hears tells him that it can make fire come out of its mouth, fly, and spin straw into gold, but before any of that can happen, John has to fight it. He meets up with the dragon and they fight. John wins, so John and Ace Dragon LTD. go flying and skywriting together. They get stuck on a golden moon, but luckily Ace is able to spin gold into straw so that they can use it as a soft landing to get home.
The book is delightfully British. With mentions of the Underground, petrol, and Wellington boots, young American readers might not be familiar with the terms, but are likely to be familiar with the illustration style for Quentin Blake, best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl books. Both the illustrations and whimsical story are likely to remind readers of Dahl’s works. While the book will probably be difficult for younger readers, readers who are old enough to enjoy the depictions of the way a child plays and the British nature of the book will appreciate what it has to offer.