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Secret of the Water Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #3) (3) Paperback – February 24, 2015
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A New York Times bestselling series!
Praise for Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters #1):
"In this first of the Dragon Masters series, vocabularly is accessible; sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are short; and dialogue moves the story along rapidly. Black-and-white sketch-type drawings add depth to the story and feelings to the characters (both children and dragons). Emergent readers will find happy success here." -- Booklist
"The first of a new series of early chapter books, this entry is sure to attract fans. Brief chapters, large print, lots of action, attractive illustrations in every spread including a maplike panorama, an enviable protagonist -- who wouldn't want to be a Dragon Master? -- all combine to make an entertaining read. With plenty left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly sought after." - Kirkus Reviews
"Each page features wonderfully detailed pencil illustrations which help to support the text." -- Library Media Connection
Praise for BRANCHES books:
"These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -- School Library Journal
"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -- Booklist
About the Author
Damien Jones spent his childhood daydreaming and drawing. He attended the Arts Institute of Bournemouth where he gained a BA Hons in Animation Production. He worked as an animator on films like the Oscar-nominated feature film L'illusionniste (2010) before beginning his career in book illustration. He has worked with publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Scholastic. He lives in Cornwall, UK, with his family.
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (February 24, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0545646286
- ISBN-13 : 978-0545646284
- Reading age : 6 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 560L
- Grade level : 1 - 3
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 7.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My kids loved the series and asked to read more than 3 chapters a night. This is one of the Scholastic Branches series books. Branches series were written for early chapter book readers. There are two levels: first level is with color pictures and lower Lexile (According to Scholastic website, for ages 5-7, 80 page full color Branches series are: Boris by Andrew Joyner, Kung Pow Chicken by Cindi Marko, Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe by Susan Nees, Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott, Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe by Noah Z Jones), second level is black and white with a bit higher Lexile (according to Scholastic Website, for ages 6-8, 96 page, black and white Branches series are: The amazing stardust friends by Heather Alexander Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer, Dragon Masters by Tracy West Illustrated by Graham Howells, Eerie Elementary by Jack Chabert Illustrated by Sam Ricks, Looniverse by David Lubar Illustrated by Matt Loveridge, Lotus Lane by Kyla May, Monkey Me by Timothy Roland, and the Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings) . This Dragon Master series falls onto the second level. My daughter enjoyed Eerie Elementary series (took 45-60 min to read per book) and The Notebook of Doom (took 45-60 min to read per book). Branches series have easy to follow story lines and attractive illustrations (black and white for second level) and I highly recommend them.
At this point these are my absolute favorite books to read to her, and I think they will entice her to read soon herself.
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They LOVE all the characters/dragons in the books and love guessing what each person can do and what powers the dragons have.
Whenever possible we use the Kindle edition and broadcast it to our TV via our Amazon Firebox (via wireless projection) so that everyone can see the text and the pictures. Unfortunately not all the books are available for Amazon Kindle, so some books we had to buy as hard paper and we are running out of space in our bookshelves as we have sooo many books, so we prefer electronic copies. Electronic copies also allow us to share it onto their Amazon Fire tablets for kids.
Again, LOVED by all of our kids and we have different ages and grasp of the world. Unfortuantely we have read ALL the books available and now have to wait until March 2021 until the next book comes out.
My 7 year old found them very easy to read, but was gripped by the stories and wishes there were more than 4 in the series (the end of this book hints towards a dragon master being brought in for the Hydra... so maybe they will bring an extra book out? we hope so!)
My 4 year old absolutely loves this series too, and has a chapter or two each night for bedtime stories.
Compared to other early reader books for this age group, the big difference with this particular series is that the story is a lot more compelling and gripping, rather than being too basic, babyish or laclustre. It has dragons, battles, friendship, wizards and all kinds of cool things. My kids really connect with these characters and love it. We will have to try other books in the scholastic branches series if they are as good as these